TV Review: Frequency

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Airs: Wednesdays 9/8c on The CW

Review: Pilot

I have a vague recollection of the movie, Frequency. By vague, I mean, I thought Christian Slater was in it (he wasn’t – I was thinking of Pump Up the Volume). That said, Frequency, the TV show had the same vibe (so to speak) as the movie. I was honestly a little surprised, I expected a terrible remake of the original, like so many of the other shows adapted from the large screen. It wasn’t terrible, which is more than I can say for most of the premiers this season.

Raimy Sullivan has an old ham radio in the garage. It used to belong to her late father. During a lightning storm, the ham radio activates and allows her to communicate with her father twenty years ago. [This premise, however implausible, is still more believable than Conviction]. Her conversations lead to saving her father’s life, but has a ripple effect around her – her mother is dead, her boyfriend doesn’t know who she is. She alone can remember both timelines.

I said I was surprised it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t very good either. The acting left much to be desired – it was completely unbelievable that Raimy was a detective. It was also heavily implied that the transfer of some blood work from a nurse to her mother is why the serial killer targeted her mother. Why then, did she not disappear until three months later? (Other than for plot purposes).

Frequency was a bit surprising but still a little underwhelming. The show feels a little different than the CW’s typical superhero fare, in a good way, but it is typical CW acting. I’ll give it another episode or two to see where it goes.

WWYT Rating: 6.0

Nielsen Rating: 0.4 Lowest of the new shows for The CW means this would theoretically be on the chopping block first, but who knows what they will do. Chance of renewal 49% (unchanged).

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