A New Touch
Showrunner Tim Kring’s reputation is somewhat ambivalent. Both his big primetime shows, Heroes and Touch went sideways creatively while still in their first season (in the case of Heroes maybe in season two, depends on your personal point of view) and crashed ratings-wise a little later. Bit regarding pilots and fantastical show setups Kring did great work until now. Both Heroes and Touch were highly fascinating, presenting epic stories scattered over the whole world, beautifully put together in a distinct sense of style. A bottled Wow written Tim Kring all over it.
I don’t want to forget about Gideon Raff, the mastermind behind Homeland, who is Kring’s co-showrunner on Dig, but since I didn’t saw any Homeland it’s hard to do any comparisons. And Kring’s influence still offers more than enough of them for this article.
Watching the pilot episode of Dig you instantly know this being a Tim Kring show. Dig takes place in three totally different areas of the world: Norway, USA and Israel. At least two of these story arcs remain an unsolvable mystery and are not yet connected to the other stories in any way. But its not just the overall style and the kinda epicness of the episode that reminds you of Kring. It’s the feeling that this is frigging season 3 of Touch!
I can’t get rid of the thought of Kring in need of content for a new show just recycled what he already had planned for the never-produced next season of Touch. Just like Touch there’s a jewish secret society in the center of the story. Rabbis who say strange things and seem to have an unnatural knowledge of things. There is a magic jewish artifact and if you remember the last Touch episode: that’s the cliffhanger which ended the show. There is a mysterious kid kept prisoner in a military complex in the middle of a desert. He escapes. Bad guys follow in SUVs. Somebody gets shot and we watch it in a breathtaking establishing shot. Yes, we saw all of this before. And pretty much of it looked exactly the same. And if you miss Kiefer Southerland’s Martin Bohm: Jason Isaac’s Peter Connelly, lead character of Dig, is also not that different.
Of course there are some differences between Touch and Dig. The latter comes a little darker in tone. I guess that’s the Homeland influence.
If you liked Touch and Homeland this might be interesting for you. The pilot has the same sense of wonder Kring’s older works showed. But on the other hand it’s an unbelievable lazy work with both creators just processing content they already possessed and produced. There is nothing really new, nothing creative. It’s Kring kicking the industry in the butt for cancelling his show.