Anyone else as utterly disappointed with Touch this year as I am? From one of the 'brilliant' minds behind the cluster* that was Heroes, it shouldn't surprise me. But it does. They clearly had no clue what the point of their own show was - the 'goodness' of humanity. One guy does one small thing, it changes another person's life a world away. That was what made Touch so great last year, each episode a personal story looking at the unexpected impact we have on the world around us.
It was lighthearted and optimistic, and now it's all about bad guys, the big bad evil corporation - doing good by stopping bad people from doing bad things, instead of doing good just by doing good. There's enough crap out there focusing on the evils man is capable of. Last year it was like a less religious Touched By An Angel, but now? Not so much.
Heck, even the concept of Sutherland's son being special and unique is blown to shreds with a seemingly endless supply of 'gifteds.' Why was Danny Glover's character so obsessed when there were dozens more out there? And all of them can talk. Having Jake, and thus anyone like him, mute seemed vital to the show - people possessing unimaginable knowledge and unable to communicate with words. That was the entire premise behind the 'magic numbers' when Jake could only express what he knew through them, each of which was part of some larger 'God number.'
Of course, I can't stand the character of Amelia's mother or the actress playing her... That sums it all up - remove the social worker woman, a nice and loving character, an 'outside' perspective skeptical of the strangeness and replace her with a neurotic, unsympathetic nut.
How they can not only change a show so fundamentally in one season, but at the same time changing every single thing that made it enjoyable... I'll give it another week or two, but their direction seems clear at this point.