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  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 9, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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42

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  • Summary: Two detectives, one a believer and the other a skeptic, use their skills to help their clients discover what happened in their past life.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Fantasy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. 70
    All in all, it's a pleassant enough series. Just don't think too hard about it, or it will deconstruct into psycho-goofiness before you get out the door of the Talmadge Institute and onto the first case.
  2. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    63
    Me, I struggled with the whole reincarnation thing--and kept rooting for someone to turn out to be Napoleon. It's hooey. But it's fairly well done hooey.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    58
    Star Kelli Giddish is so distractingly pretty and charming, even to other characters, that it adds a layer of deconstructive interest to a silly series.
  4. Whatley’s quick conversion to the cause takes away what little tension there is in the partnership, and is emblematic of a larger problem. McGinn needs the people that she meets to buy into the idea of reincarnation, or else she can’t get anything done.
  5. 40
    Past Life feels overly formulaic from the first moments of the first episode. 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.
  6. 30
    Even as you’re hoping that she won’t have to conjure up variations on this explication theme every week, she does it a few more times in this episode alone.
  7. 25
    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.

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