Frequency 1×06 Review: “You have to cut off the trunk.”

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The Nightingale killer strikes again. This time, though, it’s in present day.

This episode went into the creepy factor for me. There were moments of suspense where I was wondering what was going to happen next? I’m a lot distracted by current events right now, but even with that, this episode was able to capture my attention. Because Frequency is a fantastic show that has great writing and great acting. The creators, the writers, the producers, the actors—everyone involved—have created a wonderful show. I can never praise it enough. They have a show people can relate with. They have a show where the actors aren’t afraid to push themselves emotionally.

One thing the show has done well is demonstrating all the different facets of mourning. Mourning for a mother, a father, a lover, a lost future. It’s different for everyone, and Frequency has been able to capture it incredibly well.

Mourning is not pretty. A lot of the time it’s ugly. It comes out in sadness, frustration, anger… so many different ways, and this show just gets it.

Our own Lizzie wrote a piece on it this week. If you have a minute, please go read it. The article itself is about treasuring what you have—those you have.

I got turned to Frequency by pure luck. I watched the trailer and decided I wanted to write about it; then I watched the pilot. It was the most beautifully written show I had seen in a long time. So I raved about it. Then I watched the second and third episodes, and I realized what a jewel this show was. More than that, I connected with it.

My brother died almost ten years ago. It’s still weird for me to think about how long it has been. He was thirteen years older than me, and was more of a father to me than my own. Out of our family, I was the closest to him. When he died, it completely shook me to my core. My world stopped, and then started spinning on a new axis.




Watching Frequency, I’ve been able to see my pain in Raimy. I’ve been able to see my sadness and my anger at that loss in her character. I’ve been able to see the struggle of having to deal with a new reality, having to learn a new way of life. Because life never goes back to how it was. You never go back to who you were before. But, you do sit there and wonder what could’ve been. You wonder what you could have done to spend more time with them before their death.

All I can say about Frequency is that they’re getting it right. They’re getting it all right, and I wish there were more people who could see that. For this reason, I can’t stop praising everyone involved in the show.

And now that I’m done with that, let’s get into Wednesday night’s episode.

 

YOU HAVE TO CUT OFF THE TRUNK.

 

In past time, Frank begins surveying the victim that is taken by Nightingale before Julie goes missing. Like we’ve seen in the past, Frank gets completely into the case. He gives it his all. This comes from a desire to do right by his family, especially since Raimy is counting on him. And, he just wants to be there for his daughter. But, the pressure is getting to him. He’s beginning to crack. However, there’s a moment where Raimy is the one lifting him up. Frank and Raimy’s relationship continues to grow and deepen, with the two of them offering support to each other. Even from years apart. Truly, they are the only people they can rely on and sometimes that’s hard when the person isn’t in front of you. The relationship is delightfully written. It’s enjoying as the audience to see the kinship between the two.

In present time, Raimy gets a tip about a man who says he can give her information about the Nightingale killer. He seems so sure of himself that for a minute or two, you have to believe in him. However, as the episode passes, you come to realize that he’s just crazy. But, one thing that he does teach Raimy is what this episode revolved around.

If you cut a branch, another one grows back. You have to cut off the trunk.

At the end of the episode, Raimy comes to the conclusion that the only way they will stop Nightingale is by making sure he dies. By cutting off the trunk. This is because she realizes that he’s never going to give up. I can see this point of view, because the Nightingale doesn’t seem like he’s going to be stopping any time soon.

Raimy explains this to Frank, but he immediately opposes to the idea, because it’s not who he is. It’s a tough dilemma that Frank is put into. Between being the cop he wants to be and protecting his family.

 

DO YOU BELIEVE IN KISMET?

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Raimy has decided to attempt moving on with her life. Starting with a hook up with Detective Kyle Mosbey. Who cooks! He makes her breakfast, but Raimy still holds herself back. Although she’s realizing that she may never get her old life back, she’s not quite ready to try this possible relationship with Kyle. Even though I’m enjoying their interactions, her hesitance is understandable. Daniel is-slash-was (I don’t know which one applies at the moment) the love of her life. He was planning on proposing. HE WANTED TO MARRY HER. And, from her reaction at finding the ring, she WANTED TO MARRY HIM, TOO. She had probably started to dream about little babies with South African accents. Now it’s gone. That future is gone.

But, the universe has a funny way of working. As soon as Raimy attempts to move forward with she’s been given, she runs into Daniel. She asks him,

There’s the idea that if two people are meant to be together, they will find their way to each other. Well, there are signs are pointing to Raimy and Daniel right now. Their course was derailed by events, but he keeps popping up at different times in her life. We started to see a rebuild between the two of them in this episode. After their last interaction in the episode, you could see the hope in Raimy’s face.

But if there’s a rebuild between Daniel and Raimy, what’s going to happen with Detective Kyle? Daniel represents the life she used to have and Kyle represents her new reality. So what’s going to happen? Who is she going to choose? We’ll have to wait to find out.

 

OH FRANK, WHAT DID YOU DO?

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All this time I’ve been rooting for him and now, I just want to shake my head at him. From the moment that Stan Moreno mentioned of Frank getting close to Ricky’s family, I knew there was more. I knew this would mean there was another woman. This was confirmed at the end of the episode when Frank received photos of himself and a woman.

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This is a curveball I did not expect. It makes me sad. My desire for Frank and Julie to get back together is now tainted by the relationship he had while undercover. Technically they weren’t together at the time and they’ve been in a state of limbo since Frank got back. If there’s hope for the two of them, Frank needs to be honest about his time undercover. I just want them back together, but it’s going to take work. Maybe Raimy and Frank can trade off relationship advice?

 

STRAY THOUGHTS:

 

  • I really love the easygoing scenes between Riley Smith and Peyton List. They can be playful and genuine. They bring light to an otherwise emotionally dark show.
  • The scene where Frank tells Raimy he’s proud of her, really got to me. It was such a tender moment.
  • Satch is the voice of reason. He uplifts those around him. Adding onto that, I love the brotherly relationship between Satch and Frank.
  • I missed Gordo.
  • The fact that the Nightingale killer held onto that family photo for 20 years is so eerie. Nightingale obviously killed in response to the statements Raimy had made, but does this mean he’s going to come after her now? Is he going to get revenge for Frank stopping him twenty years ago?

 

Frequency airs Wednesday nights at 9/8c on The CW.

A twenty-something attempted professional by day. Fangirl every other second. Ivette enjoys writing, TV shows, music, books, traveling, exploring, and photography. The last three pretty much go together. She loves coffee, and drinks it a lot more than she should. Also, finds adulting difficult on some days.