We returned to the CW in this episode because we felt we did not truly understand certain CW shows. In this episode we looked into the Frequency pilot, a time travel-esque show based on the movie Frequency (2000) starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. The premise of the show follows female detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) discovering her father’s HAM radio in 2016 can contact her father 20 years into the past.
The pilot does a great job in setting the scene, the special effects and acting are great even with no seriously recognizable big names outside of Mekhi Phifer (8 Mile, Lie to Me, ER, House of Lies.) Two major changes from the movie on the onset were making the main character female – Peyton List‘s Raimy Sullivan versus Jim Caviezel’s John Sullivan, and changing the profession of the father from fire fighter to a police detective.
While we enjoyed this pilot episode, just after we reviewed it for this podcast Deadline released that both No Tomorrow and Frequency will not be getting more episodes ordered. Both shows will have season one on Netflix and the CW has not made any decisions just yet on whether it renews the shows for a second season.
The CW does Super Hero shows really well, and Frequency seems more in its wheelhouse with the supernatural nature of the show, however audiences numbers do not agree.
The drama behind Frequency and the police procedural nature coupled with the arching story line of saving her mother from the Nightingale serial killer give the show a lot to work with, but it does make you wonder what they can offer past the first season. One of the troubling things with the transformation of movies into TV shows is how far along can you take it? Lethal Weapon had three movies to work with and a cult following, whereas Frequency was a decent movie, with a cool story line and…
Frequency is worth checking out if you like movies that play with time, and we all have this fascination with what we could do with that kind of super-power. It would be really cool to see how Raimy helps her father, Frank (Riley Smith) solve crime with a 20 year gap between them.
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Script vs. Screen Grading:
Alex: Script B+ / Screen A-
Jason: Script B+ / Screen A-
Pop Culture Notes:
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