Michelle (Kim Goody) is deeply unhappy. She may be an international singing star, with a string of hit records to her name, but she’s also worn out thanks to a grinding schedule of tours and recording sessions. Michelle doesn’t even have the satisfaction of having made any money, due to the repressive contract she signed with her manager Bruno (Laurence Luckinbill).
Simon’s known her since she was a teenager and is anxious to help. So he kidnaps her …..
The Roman Touch sees the return of the old-style Saint. Although he kidnaps her with the best of intentions (he demands a ransom from Bruno of a million dollars, which is enough to pay Michelle the money she’s owed and also cover his expenses) it’s still an example of him operating on the wrong side of the law. This is something of a rarity in ROTS, where he tended to be allied with the authorities more often than not.
Kim Goody, an actress with some musical talent, is perfect casting as Michelle. Whilst her career in the music business is painted with broad brushstrokes (complete with a grasping manager) she still manages to give some solidity to her character. Linda Thorson plays Diamond, her personal assistant. At first she seems to be yet another person who is interested only in exploiting Michelle, but over time it becomes clear that she has her best interests at heart.
Simon’s attempts to help Michelle are hindered by the local Mafia, headed by Capo (Danielle Vargas). The script is obviously written to present them as the villains of the piece – which is negated when Capo reveals that Michelle is his daughter and he’s been secretly keeping watch over her. This is quite a neat reversal – as is the fact the somebody kidnaps Michelle again (with Simon unable to stop them).
Another foreign episode, the sunny visuals help the episode no end (had it taken place in rainy London it may not have been so effective). But the basic problem is that there’s no particular tension since it’s obvious that Simon will rescue Michelle. The question isn’t if he’ll do it, but how. For a formula series like ROTS, predictability of events can be an issue and after an interesting setup things plays out pretty much as you might expect.
Nothing earth-shattering then, but solid enough. The Roman Touch rates three halos out of five.