FREQUENCY Review: “Bleed Over”


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Another day, another lead for a serial killer, another conversation over 20 years: another episode of . The structure of these episodes are getting more and more familiar as the first season finds it’s pace and its rhythm. That rhythm seems to be very similar to that of any cop show, except for the whole communication across two decades thing. That whole concept takes a back burner to the issue of finding the Nightingale killer, making “Bleed Over,” almost seem like any other police procedural show.

This week, Raimy and Frank’s method of down the Nightingale has to do with a girl named Eva, whose mother was a victim back in the summer of ‘96. It was clearly less fun than the summer of ‘69. Raimy and her father reopen the case, as it’s uncertain whether it was the actual nightingale that killed Eva’s mom or just another terrifying murderer. Time to do some cross generational investigation. Maybe its because we have never seen Eva before, or maybe it’s that her storyline pretty much takes up the whole episode, but either way there was a certain disconnect between “Bleed Over” and the rest of Frequency. Some would say the earlier plot points of the series don’t really bleed over into this episode.

Frequency — “Bleed Over”– Pictured: Peyton List as Raimy — Photo: David Giesbrecht/The CW — 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

In the past, Frank goes to interrogate Eva and her father to no avail, even though there is the almost hilarious “hey I’m from Queens” bonding between the two men. They get along so well, in fact, that Frank suggests a playdate with their kids. That man does not know how to separate his work life from his personal life. The playdate turns out to be pivotal, as most playdates are, when Eva tells young Raimy that she knows the face of the man who killed her mother. Holy Nightingale, Batman!

Turns out, Eva in the present day is much less helpful, and a lot more selfish. As Raimy is searching for her, Even shows up saying that she has been captured by the Nightingale himself. This isn’t great news for Eva, but is for Raimy, who is just a little closer to saving her mom. However, as evidence is collected and Eva ends up spilling everything to the press, Raimy realizes that Eva was lying about the whole thing for attention. Which is a pretty intense thing to do. She set up a whole crime scene. There are a lot of ways to get attention that don’t involve that much commitment but, to each their own.

Frequency — “Bleed Over” — Pictured (L-R): Riley Smith as Frank and Mekhi Phifer as Satch — Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

After her intense lying about the most wanted serial killer out there, Raimy gets Eva to tell at least a little bit of the truth. They find out what car Mr. Nightingale was driving, which isn’t that big a lead, but luckily Raimy has a connection to the past. She tells Frank about the blue pickup that stalks its victims and Frank leaps into action. He finds the car outside a park where Julie and young Raimy are playing, and leaps into super cop mode. Alas, super cop cannot outrun a truck, so he loses it, as well as getting a good old fashioned scolding from his wife. Still, we got a solid lead out of this hour of television, right? That car is a great first start, or it would be, if the final shot of the episode wasn’t the mysterious hooded figure of the Nightingale burning his car. Well, so much for that.

The only other semi-notable thing that happens in “Bleed Over” is that Raimy works with another detective who she has definitely slept with in this timeline. He’s a good looking dude, and seems nice enough, so maybe it’s okay to move on from her alternative timeline boyfriend. Gordo certainly seems to think so, who seems only exists to drink a beer with Raimy and make her a Tinder account. He seems like a fun guy, but his character and the romance in general is jarringly out of place in what is now essentially a cop drama. Either way, they do slip a touch of a new romance in there, as Raimy does grab a drink with handsome detective. It’s almost ridiculously low stakes, but it’s at least something to take us out of the filler nature of this episode.

Frequency — “Bleed Over” — Pictured (L-R): Peyton List as Raimy and Lenny Jacobson as Gordo — Photo: Liane Hentscher/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Compared to the last three episodes of Frequency, “Bleed Over” stands out the least because it could have been placed at anytime in the series. Though the previous two episodes were also about false leads for the Nightingale, there was a serious connective tissue between the two. The ideas seemed to (it’s too easy to make this pun) bleed over into the next episode, with all the plot surround Goff and his family. We left last week with a sneaking suspicion about Mrs. Goff, but neither she nor the events of the last two weeks were brought up. It can be hard to spread out one mystery over the course of the first season, but really delving into the specifics and continuing storylines would make this series much more intriguing. Playing around with the alternate timeline would also make for a much more fascinating episode of television. Frequency can bounce between genres, and hopefully it continues to do that, and bounces away from the police procedural.

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