Spoiler alert: This post contains plot points from the Oct. 5 premiere of Frequency. Read at your own risk!
In Frequency‘s premiere, Raimy Sullivan was presented with an opportunity to change the past, when her detective father used a ham radio to communicate with her from 1996. It was an opportunity too good to pass up, which resulted in Raimy warning her father about his impending death. And as a result, Raimy’s now living in a 2016 where her boyfriend doesn’t know who she is, and her mother’s dead. So what’s next?
When showrunner Jeremy Carver began adapting the show from the 2000 film, he says, “One of the major elements was, how do we expand the world so that there’s more places to go to in the series? So that was creating this friction between Frank and his workmates on the force. Everything that goes down when Frank is undercover, that’s something we explore heavily in series, both in Frank’s time and in Raimy’s time.
“There’s the added element of Raimy having had a fiancé who no longer remembers her,” Carver continues. “Again, something that we’ll explore in the series. Then there’s a bunch of little things that are dropped in there that may not be readily apparent in the pilot, but there’s lot of little Easter eggs. Basically, every little piece that’s in there, we’re going to pick up and run with in some way. So there’s a lot to pay attention to and a lot to explore moving forward.”
Looking to the rest of the season, Carver isn’t just excited about the different elements they can play with in the story, but he’s also looking to experiment with format. “That’s one of the other things that I think we’re really excited about; there’s no one way or one formula that we’re using to tell an episode of Frequency,” he says. “We really are, hopefully, pushing the boundaries in the ways that we’re attacking this show episode to episode.”
Speaking to the logistics of what comes next, Carver explains that the show will take place largely in the universe where Frank is alive and Raimy’s mother, Julie, is dead. That being said, Carver adds: “There are, episode to episode, different things in the present that are affected by things they’re doing in pursuit of trying to save Julie, but the changes are contained — they’re character-appropriate, they’re surprising, but we’re not resetting our universe every week.”
Frequency airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.