Frequency the TV series, why did they ruin it?
It came to my attention yesterday that there’s a new TV series based on the movie Frequency. That got me momentarily excited until I learned that the main character was turned into a woman, and that made me extremely angry.
What’s special about Frequency, the movie, is how it focuses on the feelings of the two men, the father and son, who get to talk to each other as adults as a result of some weird-sci-fi stuff that allows the son to talk to his father in the past. It’s so rare that you have a movie focused on male relationships in a way like. The creators of the TV series threw that away in favor of the standard trope of having a hot babe as the main character. Shame on them.
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A young female writer for the Hollywood Reporter wrote:
The CW series is putting a fresh spin on the old movie by gender-bending the lead role. Peyton List (Mad Men) is taking on Caviezel’s part, turning NYPD Detective John Sullivan into NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan.
Wrong! What was fresh about the original movie was the fact that you had two men who experience strong emotional bonding in a particularly male way. That is so rare to see on screen because Hollywood has the world divided into action-for-men and drama-emotional-stuff for women.