Movie re­make ‘Fre­quency’ may keep you tun­ing in

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES - By Rob Low­man South­ern Cal­i­for­nia News Group

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.

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