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Past Life: Season 1 (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 15

A police procedural with a supernatural bent, Past Life is a gimmicky drama with too few interesting characters to ground its spectral flights of fancy.

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Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 10

A police procedural with a supernatural bent, Past Life is a gimmicky drama with too few interesting characters to ground its spectral flights of fancy.

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Season Info

This intriguing series follows psychologist Kate McGinn (Kelli Giddish) and ex-NYPD detective Price Whatley (Nicholas Bishop) as they try to help people who are haunted by past-life events. Among their cases: a troubled teen who recalls an abduction-murder from before his birth, and an office worker whose violent outburst leads to the revelation that, in a previous life, he was involved in a crime in Texas.

Network: FOX

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1
Air date: Feb 9, 2010

Pilot

An intriguing series in which people haunted by past-life events are aided by psychologist Kate McGinn (Kelli Giddish) and ex-NYPD detective Price Whatley (Nicholas Bishop). In the edgy premiere, they help a troubled teen who recalls an abduction-murder from before his birth. The case, which is the skeptical Whatley's first, requires that they identify who the teen was prior to tackling the crime itself. Dr. Malachi Talmadge: Richard Schiff. Dr. Rishi Karna: Ravi Patel.

2
Air date: Feb 11, 2010

Dead Man Talking

Memories of falling into a quarry and a bloody murder scene haunt a young woman who's dealing with addiction issues. Making the matter even more urgent for Kate and Price: An innocent man on death row is slated to be executed for the crime in question.

3
Air date: Feb 18, 2010

Soul Music

The team discovers that two people (Katherine Boecher, Nick Wechsler) experiencing the same regressions are actually star-crossed lovers who find each other in each new life.

4
Air date: May 28, 2010

Saint Sarah

The team's interest is piqued by media reports of a saint, a young girl whom they recognize as exhibiting physical manifestations from a past-life trauma. Kate and Price's resulting investigation uncovers a link to a serial killer. Laney: Judith Ivey.

5
Air date: Jun 4, 2010

Gone Daddy Gone

An office worker's violent outburst leads to the revelation that, in a previous life, he was involved in a violent crime in Texas.

6
Air date:

Running on Empty

The team helps an insurance company executive whose out-of-body experiences are evidence that he's in danger of losing his soul.

7
Air date:

Regressing Henry

The series finale finds the team investigating a case of soul braiding when a wealthy hotelier is imprinted with the memories of a recently deceased young man during a near-death experience.

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (15)

Already, you've feel like you've been here before.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Past Life is just a bad premise executed badly, and very unlikely to be given a second [life] season.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

All in all, it's a pleasant enough series.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The weird part is that the paranormal stuff is a lot easier to accept than the detective stuff, because the detective stuff is absolutely ludicrous.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

I don't dislike Past Life because I'm a skeptic, but because it's not very good.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

Perhaps if Past Life were blessed with lead actors as talented and winning as David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were on The X-Files, the Past Life premise would be easier to take.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Better name for Past Life is "Deja Vu," as in we've seen it before in this life - and any others that may have preceded; a snooze.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Startlingly generic.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

With her Texas twang and feisty demeanor, Giddish is instantly engaging, and she and Bishop share a nice on-screen chemistry that make them worth our time.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

It's hooey, but it's fairly well done hooey.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

It's hard to believe the series has enough worthwhile incarnations to remain viable very long before dying and staying that way.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Reincarnation is the gimmick in an otherwise lifeless crime procedural.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The weakness of the plot might matter less if the regular characters had something special to offer, but Past Life's are standard-issue blanks.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Fox only gave Past Life a seven-episode order, which isn't a great sign. On the other hand, in its past life it might have been a pilot that was never picked up.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

This kind of half-hearted attempt at clever dialogue is especially fatal when the audience is already fatigued from having to suspend a fairly hefty amount of disbelief.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

I wish the actors had remembered from past lives how to act.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

It's the kind of procedural that's stuffed with lightning-bolt revelations and convulsive tears by guest-of-the-week actors and yet still seems bland.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Characters who speak in cliches don't deserve to be in your living room.

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

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