Based loosely on the 2000 film of the same name, Frequency, the televised reimagining changes characters but doesn’t significantly change the story. Instead of Frank Sullivan being a firefighter, he’s a cop. Instead of his son John, we get his daughter Raimy. Otherwise, if you’ve seen the movie, you won’t be very surprised at how the series plays out. Still, it’s an interesting enough concept, so let’s see how season 1 of Frequency played out.
NYPD detective Raimy Sullivan discovers that she can talk to her dead father in the past through his old ham radio setup. When she manages to save his life from an undercover mission gone wrong, things in the future change and the long-standing serial killer known as the Nightingale suddenly has killed Raimy’s mother. They have to work together, both in the present and in the past, to bring the Nightingale to justice and stop their family from being ripped apart.
Sorry, but I’m just not impressed. It worked fine as a movie, but as a TV show, they kept catching the Nightingale killer, then losing him again, over and over and over again. And to do so, they had to be stupid, which I absolutely hate in a TV show. Raimy doesn’t actually act like a cop most of the time, there’s one scene where she’s approaching a suspect’s car on foot, gun drawn, and the car just drives away. Yeah. Just watch it drive away because there’s nothing you can do about it. And frankly, it gets tiring watching things change in the future and Raimy just wanting to keep changing more and more stuff. I was wondering how they’d set up a second season, considering they really had no more story to tell, but now Raimy wants to save her father from getting in a traffic accident in 15 years. Sheesh, learn to stop when you’re ahead!
It could have been better, I suppose, but this is another one of those series that threw everything, including the kitchen sink, into the first season and I don’t think really had any plans for going beyond that. What, we’re supposed to think that every season, she’ll fail to learn her lessons and try to change history again? I don’t think that’s a good plan.
Luckily, the ratings suck for this show. It didn’t get picked up for additional episodes and they’re going to throw it on Netflix, just to see if anyone responds, but hopefully, nobody will. It doesn’t deserve more than it’s already got. I like Peyton List okay, but come on, she does not make a good cop and the whole time thing just doesn’t work. Give up while you’re behind. Try something else.