FREQUENCY Review: “Signal and Noise”

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The only father-daughter radio related sci-fi drama on air right now is back for its first episode since the pilot. FREQUENCY is trying to establish what it is at as a show, and it’s comfortably settled in between police mystery and family drama, with a pinch of alternate reality shenanigans thrown in there. This combination leads to an interesting hour of television, and because there is so much going on, it’s a more exciting show. Just when the cop drama is getting a little dull, here comes the marital tension to change to mood a little. Even if Frequency may seem uneven at times, it never feels boring.

“Signal and Noise” picks up right where the pilot left off. While last week was Save Dad, this week is Save Mom. Raimy and Frank’s efforts to save Julie, however, are not as clean as the success of stopping Frank get murdered last week. According to Raimy, there are 11 weeks until Julie gets captured in the past. 11 weeks is the perfect amount of time for a 13 episode season, so it’s probably going to take a while to avert Julie’s capture.

Frequency — “Signal and Noise” — Pictured (L-R): Riley Smith as Frank and Devin Kelley as Julie — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

In the act of trying to save their wife and mother respectively, there is a lot of tension between Frank and Raimy. Raimy is all action all the time, while Frank wants to spend time with his family for the first time in two years. Though both are understandable from an emotional standpoint, it’s much easier to side with Raimy on this one. This poor woman just realized her mom was dead (and had been for about 20 years) and there’s a way she can stop it. All she has as far as parents now, is her dad who she was never that close to, who is also in the past 20 years, and isn’t the most co-operative.

When Frank does try to tell his wife about the potential to getting murdered, it doesn’t go great. Which makes a lot of sense, really, and you gotta feel for poor Julie being so out of the loop on this one. Her husband had essentially abandoned her for two years, so it’s not exactly a perfect marriage. There is one moment toward the end of the episode that almost puts Julie on the level of Raimy and Frank. Frank is trying to show her that Raimy exists via ham radio, and takes his wife into the garage to try to communicate with their daughter. Raimy is silent though, not wanting to screw up even more of the past. Thought that does make sense with the guilt weighing heavily on her, it almost seems like the show thought it would be too easy to just have open communication between the whole family. How compelling is a family drama if there is honestly going on? It speaks well for Frank that he tried, at least, but alas, his marriage is still on the rocks, and his wife will still die in 11 weeks.

Frequency — “Signal and Noise” — Pictured (L-R): Riley Smith as Frank and Mekhi Phifer as Stan — Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The other way Raimy and Frank try to save Julie is by down the Nightingale killer. Raimy gets a lead on Thomas Goff, a man who was convicted of sexual assault in ‘94, in the same marsh Julie’s body was found him. Raimy goes to interrogate Goff and she’s isn’t buying any of his crap. She asks her dad to go after him in ‘96, so him and Satch go investigate. They find an overbearing mother and a creepy shed where there is definitely a girl tied up unbeknownst to them. Their mission seems futile at the time, but when Raimy goes to to Goff’s house to talk to him again, she find a very nice man there, who has nothing to do with Goff. He tells her that that family moved out 20 years ago. Gasp! Another timeline shift!

Raimy is fully convinced that Goff is the nightingale killer, especially when she has an epiphany at probably 3am, and goes to dig up his back yard. That poor nice man who lives in that house is going to need a lot of landscaping, because Raimy discovers Goff’s super creepy box where he kept women. Yikes! We’ve established that Raimy actually is a damn good detective, but it seems almost too easy to have Goff be the Nightingale killer. There are still 11 weeks of trying to stop the murder, and it would be crazy to have ID’ed the most dangerous serial killer this soon. Either way, though, Goff is a real monster, so it will be exciting to see the father-daughter team take him down, in whatever timeline he may be in.

Frequency — “Signal and Noise” — Pictured (L-R): Peyton List as Raimy and Daniel Bonjour as Daniel — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Also in this episode, we find out that in the OG timeline, it was Julie who introduced Raimy to Daniel, who continues to be dreamy and South African, but also a little boring. It’s an almost forgettable part of the episode, but it will probably come back around. It’s a nice role reversal to see a man play the part of underdeveloped eye candy, but hopefully he does grow a little character, so we can really root for their romance. As for now though, Raimy saving her mother takes a pretty high priority, and hopefully they’ll be able to pull it off over the next 11 weeks.

TB-TV-Grade-B

Season 1, Episode 2 (S01E02)
Frequency airs Wednesday at 9PM on The CW

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