The CW may have dropped the axe on freshman series Frequency, but fans won’t have to bid the series adieu without closure. Adapted for television from the 2000 sci-fi thriller film that starred Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid, the 13-episode series followed police detective Raimy (Peyton List) in 2016 who found she could communicate via a ham radio with her estranged father, Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith), who died in 1996. The pair work together to try to stop a serial killer known as Nightingale before her mother becomes the latest victim, all while mending their relationship.
While Frequency fans were left with a mostly satisfactory conclusion, there were a few major loose ends left. Police detective Raimy ended the season still engaged and with her mother alive, but with the ham radio broken, Raimy’s connection to the past, and therefore her father, were severed. Not only were fans dying to see what became of the relationship between father and daughter, but the mystery behind the Nightingale killer remained unsolved.
It appears The CW also longed for a happy conclusion, as they’ve released a posthumous epilogue that wraps everything up in a tidy bow. The clip, clocking in at under four minutes, allows fans to find out the fates of Raimy, her mother, and Frank. The epilogue reveals that Frank manages to fix the ham radio, which allows Raimy to deliver vital information about the case. It offers the complete happy ending that fans were hoping for, with a final line spoken that will give fans the feels.
Though the parallel timelines and sci-fi nature of the show could get a bit muddied, Frequency’s strength was in its cast. Smith and List grounded the series with stellar performances that kept its limited fanbase tuning in every week, even if no one else did. In the world of television, cancellations are commonplace. Fans don’t always get to receive a decent conclusion to the shows they’ve committed to watching, so The CW has offered a rare gift.
The cancellation of Frequency came as no surprise, considering the network never ordered additional episodes beyond the initial 13 that aired through January. The series averaged less than a million viewers on a network that finds its greatest success in DC Comics-based series like Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, and it never quite managed to reach a bigger audience despite critic approval. The only freshman series to receive a renewal was Riverdale, which is also based on a comic book series.
Between the cancellation of Frequency and No Tomorrow, and the ending of long-running series Reign and The Vampire Diaries, The CW has a lot of programming to fill for the 2017-2018 season. There are four slots available, and considering the network’s current line up, it was likely there would be an addition of a new superhero series – and there is in the form of Black Lightning.
Source: The CW
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