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TV Tuesday: Frequency

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 14:01
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I thought I would review another TV show perfect for this creepy season (and my RIP XI Challenge) – this one has some supernatural elements to it. My husband, 22-year old son, and I have started watching the new CW show Frequency and are enjoying it so far.

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Raimy Sullivan, played by Peyton List, is a young female police detective who lives in Queens, NY. Her father died when she was just 8 years old, as a detective on an undercover assignment whose colleagues said he'd gone rogue. Raimy and her sister were brought up by her mother, Julie, played by Devin Kelley, who we see in the first episode is dying of cancer.

Raimy discovers that the old ham radio in the garage that used to be her father's suddenly lights up and starts working again, after years of sitting there broken. Raimy's dad loved his ham radio, and Raimy always enjoyed going on it with him. To her surprise, the grown-up Raimy suddenly hears her dad's voice coming through the radio. They begin talking and – after a lot of disbelief and convincing discussions – they figure out that she is in 2016 and he is in 1996, and they are somehow talking to each other. Raimy's dad, Frank, played by Riley Smith, is just one day from the undercover operation that will take his life, and Raimy warms him of what is going to happen, from the crime report she has read.

Well, you know what happens when you tamper with history! The next day, after Raimy warned her dad of what would happen that night, a lot of things – both good and bad – have changed. For everyone else, this is just the way things have always been, but Raimy can remember both the original 2016 world and this new, changed world. She and her dad begin talking every day, trying to work together to solve some serious, life-changing crimes that occur in both timelines and hoping to change some of their own personal tragedies.

Only two episodes of Frequency have aired so far, but we are loving it! It's a police show but with a big twist: communicating across time. I always love time travel plots, and though this is not time travel per se, it has the same element of “be careful what you change in the past because it can have unforeseen consequences,” which I love. My husband pointed out halfway through the first episode that this show is based on a movie, also called Frequency and starring Dennis Quaid, that he and I watched a few years ago. We are enjoying the twisty plot so far and can't wait to see where it goes.

Frequency is currently airing on CW network, Wednesdays at 9 pm. You can catch past episodes On Demand, on the CW website, and on Amazon Prime for $1.99 an episode or $24.99 for all of season one.

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