Movie remake ‘Frequency’ may keep you tuning in
Another one of the Fall TV remakes of an old movie, The CW’s “Frequency” is a moderately successful redo.
Peyton List (best-known as Roger Sterling’s second wife on “Mad Men”) plays NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan, who has been resentful of her father, Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith). He died in 1996, and she believes that he was acrooked cop who died during a deal gone wrong.
Nevertheless, she went in the family business and is a good cop. After her boyfriend digs up her dad’s old ham radio, Raimy finds herself one night talking to someone named Frank during an unusual storm.
As the two communicate, it becomes evident that she’s talking to her father 20 years in the past, and that what she was told happened to him wasn’t true. As she investigates and finds links to a current case, his story unfolds.
Eventually what she tells Frank creates a “butterfly effect,” changing the present in unforeseenways. That sets up the rest of the series as the two try to figure out what to do.
“Frequency” is a somewhat intriguing sci-fi premise relatively well done. The series is lessschmaltzy than the film and works better on a mystery level, which is a plus. The challenge going forward will be to not tie itself up in logistical knots.
Shown from left in a scene from “Frequency” are Riley Smith as Frank and Mekhi Phifer as Stan.