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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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

Posted in Television

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  1. Saw the movie, but I never bothered with the show because….how do you turn that movie concept into a running TV series? You’ll never keep up with continuity because you’ll be changing the back story of all the characters every episode.

    Mike Street Station

    February 6, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    • Saw the show.

      It is structured as a murder mystery. Surprisingly well done.

      map

      February 6, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    • 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.

      Riveting. Sorry I missed it.

      Amazing the gay liberal media let that one slip away.

      Rifleman

      February 7, 2017 at 6:49 am

      • The men were heterosexual, manly men, working in manly occupations (firefighting and police). It doesn’t advance any liberal propaganda.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

  2. $$$ my friend.

    It’s like people have been saying about The Hunger Games and Disney Star Wars; with male-oriented genres like sci-fi and action, they can double their audience by having a female protagonist. Plus get free SJW brownie points as a bonus, although again the main reason is money.

    The trick is to make the female protagonist a hot babe so you don’t lose the male audience, but to avoid dressing her in leather catsuits or chainmail bikinis, so female audiences will identify with her instead of seeing her as an adolescent male fantasy.

    The movies I can think of that most artfully simultaneous appealed to male and female tastes were Top Gun and Jerry Maguire. Sold to ladies as romance with hunky, yet sensitive, heartthrob Tom Cruise, to gents as wish-fulfillment fighter pilot action/football sports movie with Hot Babe Kelly McGillis/Renée Zellweger.

    Nowadays Kelly McGillis is a 59-year-old lesbian, and looks it, unlike her ageless costar. It’d be a double dose of irony if the gay rumors about Cruise were true, although I think they aren’t. Those started because he’s attractive (giving the idea appeal to “slash fic”-type fangirls and gay men), he’s a semi-secretive weirdo, and he was recruited to Scientology by definitely-gay John Travolta.

    But AFAICT he’s just a straight semi-secretive weirdo. If he were gay he’d have had a sex scandal by now like Travolta or Eddie Murphy.

    Apologies for the rambling.

    snorlaxwp

    February 6, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    • No apology, this was interesting.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 6, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    • This started with Titanic.

      A romance on board a sinking ship.

      map

      February 6, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    • Screw the fighter planes, I was fine romancing Kelly McGillis in absentia till the lesbian thing ruined my middle-aged-hood.

      Robert

      February 7, 2017 at 10:24 am

  3. The only thing interesting, at least from my perspective, about your Star Trek posts is that going back and rewatching old media in conscious avoidance of the current offerings seems to be a real trend.

    For all the chatter about “golden age of television” inside the urban centers, the reality is that viewing is down over all. What people laud as superior gritty drama just comes off as transparent sensationalist button pushing to me. I think a lot of people are turned off and are intentionally rewatching instead of indulging in the current media landscape.

    I find watching things on TCM far less restrictive than modern tv shows. Even with the Hayes Code the range of human interaction seems much more probably.

    In current media all problems have to be solved by teen age girls, especially if the problem is physically overpowering a much strong opponent. All judges are black females. 50% of people are gay. Every small town scene has to have a someone wearing a habjib in it. All top scientists a females who have elaborate hair and makeup which would take at least two hours a day. No one smokes unless they are evil or unless it is pot, in which case they are the hero. All Christians are evil. Religion is dumb but computers are somehow magic.

    With all the restrictions imposed on the screen writing process I doubt that anything approaching reality could make it to television.

    Lion o' the Turambar

    February 6, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    • “For all the chatter about “golden age of television” inside the urban centers, the reality is that viewing is down over all.”

      Steve Sailer had a good point: TV serials are exciting to get into when they’re new, but they’re nearly impossible to rewatch, so the great serials of yesteryear aren’t well remembered today.

      You also don’t know how good a show will be until it’s over. The last two seasons of Lost were dreadful, so I have a hard time recommending it to people who haven’t seen it, even though the first season was superb.

      “In current media all problems have to be solved by teen age girls, especially if the problem is physically overpowering a much strong opponent. All judges are black females. 50% of people are gay. Every small town scene has to have a someone wearing a habjib in it. All top scientists a females who have elaborate hair and makeup which would take at least two hours a day. No one smokes unless they are evil or unless it is pot, in which case they are the hero. All Christians are evil. Religion is dumb but computers are somehow magic.”

      The one thing I’ll caution is that even though those tropes are ridiculous to people like us, and hence make overrated shows like Firefly, Heroes, etc. unwatchable, progs really do believe, or have forced themselves to be believe, that this is how life is.

      What’s funny is how these shows and movies have become part of the SJW mythology. It’s been comical to see how many references they make to Harry Potter regarding Trump. They call themselves the “Resistance” because that’s the name of the Rebels in the new Star Wars movies. They also like to sprinkle in Game of Thrones references. (I won’t criticize GoT because lots of people here like it, but SJWs love the show about as much as they like coffee or baby animal pics.)

      I avoided Harry Potter after hating the first book and movie, boycotted Disney Star Wars, and only watched the first three episodes of GoT, so a lot of SJW commentary now reads like an ISIS pamphlet to me in how dense it is in obscure allusions.

      Sid

      February 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      • “The last two seasons of Lost were dreadful, so I have a hard time recommending it to people who haven’t seen it, even though the first season was superb.”

        Many (maybe most?) TV shows are unable to carry the momentum of a great first season onto the end of the series.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 6, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      • How good can your show be when you start with the handcuffs that your leader has to be a 100lb girl who goes flipping around one-shotting orcs? At least Liv Tyler was kept in check.

        Lion o' the Turambar

        February 6, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      • “Many (maybe most?) TV shows are unable to carry the momentum of a great first season onto the end of the series.”

        I agree. The problem with Lost, though, was that the first season had a lot of mysteries which weren’t answered in that season, so the story of the first season is supposed to be resolved later on. Sadly, this means that because the last two seasons weren’t satisfactory, it pulls down the quality of the first season.

        In contrast, you can watch shows with self-contained seasons when they’re good and drop them once they’re weak. I still recommend Seasons 1-5 of 24, for example, because the later seasons are weak but they don’t tie in to the first batch.

        “How good can your show be when you start with the handcuffs that your leader has to be a 100lb girl who goes flipping around one-shotting orcs? At least Liv Tyler was kept in check.”

        The teenage-girl-as-action-hero concept is really dumb because it’s forced. To be fair, most action heroes pull off impossible feats, shrug off mortal wounds, etc. The difference is that impossibly strong action heroes are an exaggeration, which male audiences naturally enjoy watching. Achilles in the Iliad is impossibly strong and fast, but audiences enjoyed this for millennia without any pretense.

        In contrast, the Disney Star Wars female heroes are there just to boost ticket sales and to make liberal audiences think, “Isn’t it good that we’re watching movies about female heroes? Our society has gone so far!” It’s all very kitsch.

        Finally, old action movies did feature female warriors: Valeria was about as dangerous as Conan the Barbarian, and Princess Leia fought better than the stormtroopers. But none of it was forced or politically contrived. It’s when the story includes female action heroes to make a political statement that it’s irritating and just makes your eyes roll.

        Sid

        February 6, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      • “Many (maybe most?) TV shows are unable to carry the momentum of a great first season onto the end of the series.”

        Yes but Lost was particularly egregious in that regard. The slowly unraveling mystery made you as the viewer think there was a real payoff to be had, but it turned out the pay off was a big FU to the fans because they never thought they would be renewed long enough to ever have to pay off.

        Mike Street Station

        February 7, 2017 at 6:10 am

      • A problem with Lost is that the more you found out about the mysteries, the less mysterious the show became, and without mysteriousness it wasn’t as good.

        “The Hatch” was much more intriguing when John Locke spend the whole first season staring at it. Once you finally found out what was down there, it wasn’t as interesting.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 7, 2017 at 9:47 am

  4. “That got me momentarily excited until I learned that the main character was turned into a woman, and that made me extremely angry.”

    The main reason why I won’t watch the new 24 series is that the show’s gimmick has been exhausted by the other seasons, but the fact they’re replacing Kiefer Sutherland with a male black lead and gloating about how they have a “diverse cast” makes me roll my eyes.

    I actually don’t have a problem with having black leads, but I resent the way entertainment companies are purposefully getting rid of white male characters in movie and TV franchises white male fans supported for years. If you want to make a show or movie about a black character, make a new one! Don’t remove heroes who are white and male from preexisting franchises. And stop the moral preening.

    Sid

    February 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  5. Lion, have you noticed that so many movies and TV shows are about the past, specifically the white past?

    So many shows related to Victorian or Viking or medieval, or even just ww2 or the 50s. This is an subtle way for directors and casting companies to discriminate and hire mostly white casts.

    Jjbees

    February 6, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    • …yeah, and the Left has caught on with screeds on how historical accuracy should be sacrificed for inclusive casts.

      Robert

      February 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

  6. “two men who experience strong emotional bonding in a particularly male way”

    I grew up with the whole “Free To Be…You And Me” message that men should be emotionally open.

    Then women realized that if men are emotionally open, men might be able to take care of themselves.

    That prospect horrified the feminists more than any repressive regime could.

    Njguy73

    February 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

  7. They’re coming with out an all-female Ocean movie. What a dumb idea. Where is Danny Ocean is an all-female movie? Danielle Ocean?

    Also it will be directed by Gary Ross, who stinks up every movie he is associated with.

    gothamette

    February 6, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    • That’s because the idea worked so well with the all-female Ghostbusters.

      Nedd Ludd

      February 7, 2017 at 8:02 am

      • This Ocean has been in development longer than that. Same idea though.

        I predict box office disaster. It’s a very Hillaryworld movie.

        gothamette

        February 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm

  8. You haven’t seen a great story ruined by PC until you’ve seen SJWs redo The Tempest with a female Prospero. I actually paid to see such a version of a favorite play (not realizing what was in store) and it was a disappointment even greater than I imagined (once I was clued in).

    Curle

    February 7, 2017 at 1:17 am


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