REVIEW: Kiefer Sutherland in FOX's Touch

I approached Heroes’ creator Tim Kring’s latest offering, Touch, with an extra layer of scrutiny. See, besides being an occasional arm-chair television critic I’m also the father of Autistic child, and like many parents of Autistic children it miffs me when this widespread and often misunderstood condition is exploited. More often because films and TV tend to romanticize Autism as something magical and kind of cool in terms of a story device: those weird quiet kids that can solve any logic puzzle, but refuse to talk and just rock gently in the corner. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sure, you could make the argument that featuring a ‘magical’ Autistic savant as a main character isn’t so much of an offense since it represents one member of a population subject to ‘special’ circumstances; after all, if we get rid of our ‘magical’ characters we have no Fantasy period. Just because Farmers are often misrepresented doesn’t mean Luke Skywalker shouldn’t be a Jedi. Read More...


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