Time-altering crime drama that keeps things simple and gets it right
First off a confession – I haven’t seen the movie that this series is based on. I don’t know if that makes me ignorant or gives me fresh eyes on this – I’ll let you decide!
The basic plot
An experienced detective Raimey Sullivan has fought to earn her place as a cop despite her corrupt Dad’s death at the hands of the criminals he associated with…until a freak accident allows her to communicate with him twenty years in the past via HAM radio.
They manage to save her Dad’s life but at a cost, events change so that Raimey’s mother is now dead – this time at the hands of a serial killer which they are both investigating in different eras in an effort to catch the man in the past before the damage is done in the future
No folded paper
One of my favourite things about this show was that it avoided the tired trope of a convenient physicist explaining how time travel works, usually by folding a piece of paper over. None of that here, the characters have no idea how it works and they don’t waste time trying to figure out how, they know they can change the future and with a life on the line that is their only priority.
I also like how they handle the changes experienced on Raimey’s end. Changes to the timeline are sudden and jarring, no Back to the Future-esque fading away changes happen as simply as refreshing a page on a computer. In once scene Raimey walks into a lift under arrest for murder, when the doors open she walks into an office of smiling faces because her father changed the timeline.
Nor does anyone worry about the consequences for the world – because those rules always get broken anyway and people generally turn out fine! The consequences are personal for all the characters and that’s what makes an incredibly cooky concept into an engaging crime drama
Frequency wasn’t renewed for a second season, but that’s not all bad as all they key plot points were wrapped up and a second season could have ended up feeling a bit redundant. There is a mini epilogue which you can watch online HERE
All in all well worth a watch.