Frequency debuts on the CW


Are you a fan of the 2000 movie Frequency starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel? The story of John Sullivan (Caviezel) reuniting with his long deceased father, Frank Sullivan (Quaid) over an old ham radio. Frank was a firefighter and died in a warehouse fire when John was only six. Around the 30th anniversary of his death, John now a homicide detective, finds the old radio and speaks to a man about the 1969 World Series. When he finds out this man is his father he is determined to prevent his death, but in doing so causes new complications he must fix.

This fall the CW has adapted a TV series after the same concept, but has altered the main character to be a woman. Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) is a New York detective in 2016 who lost her father 20 years ago. Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) had gone undercover for two years and the public believed he had become dirty after he was killed. On her birthday Raimy’s fiancé restores her father’s old radio and after a freak lightning strike, she can now speak to him over the radio. Just like in the film, she helps prevent her father’s death, but afterwards realizes her mother has died and she is no longer engaged.

While the pilot was enjoyable to watch it and it was very close to the 2000 film, it condenses a 120 minute movie into an hour long drama. It poses the question of how long can the show last once it runs out of source material? Maybe that will keep viewers coming back for more.

Frequency airs Wednesdays at 9 on the CW