6 Things Touch Fans Can Expect From Season 2
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Touch kicks off its oft-delayed second season Friday, with a two-hour premiere that provides answers to a few questions, and raises a slew of others. The action-packed premiere, which airs at 8/7c on Fox, kicks off a season that promises higher stakes and added danger for Martin Bohm (Kiefer Sutherland) and his son Jake (David Mazouz), according to showrunners Tim Kring and Carol Barbee.
It's been nearly 17 months since the show went off the air, so let's first recap: Though Jake doesn't speak, he has the ability to notice random connections among numbers and has identified something known as the Amelia Sequence, which brings seemingly unconnected people together. At the end of Season 1, Martin discovers that a mysterious corporation called Aster Corps is trying to track Jake down for reasons unknown. In the season finale, Martin kidnaps Jake from a board-and-care facility where he's being cared for and goes on the run with him, winding up in Los Angeles. There, the two connect with a woman named Lucy (Mario Bello), who's searching for her daughter Amelia, the namesake of the sequence who possesses the same gift as Jake and who is connected to him in an as-yet-undetermined way.
While the first season mostly hinged on the warm, feel-good aspects of interconnectivity, Kring and Barbee say this season will adopt a darker tone and explore what might happen if knowledge of those connections falls into the wrong hands. So, in addition to a literal change in location (moving the setting from New York to Los Angeles), what can fans expect from the show's sophomore season? Kring and Barbee teased the major developments in a recent interview with TVGuide.com. Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!
1. More Information About Amelia and Aster Corps
The premiere picks up on the Santa Monica Pier, where Martin and Jake first meet Lucy, and it becomes clear that Jake has led his father to Los Angeles for one reason and one reason only. "This season is about finding Amelia," Kring tells TVGuide.com. "The show is more distilled this year, down to the central story of finding Amelia and trying to deal with the threats that are out there for people like Jake and Amelia. ... This is very much what the arc of the season is about, digging into the mythology of that, who's after them and why." Saxon Sharbino has joined the cast this season to play Amelia, whom viewers meet in the first hour of the premiere. As for Aster Corps, the season premiere reveals more about the company than viewers learned throughout the entire first season, and finally starts to hint at why its executives are so obsessed with the Amelia Sequence.
2. "Mama Bear" Maria Bello
Though Bello's character, Lucy, is only introduced in the final seconds of Season 1, she factors prominently in the first part of Season 2. Still, while she and Martin share an end goal of finding Amelia, their reasons for doing so are entirely different — which leads to tension between the two. "[Martin] obviously has the motivation of, 'I need to find out who is after Amelia, because if I find out who's after Amelia, I'll be able to protect my son from these people,'" Kring notes. "[Lucy's] is only primal. She is all id. She's all about surviving. It's mother bear. She's the mother that lifts the car to get her kid out."