Past Life : Season 1

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

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22

Critic Reviews

  1. 30
    A crime drama doesn’t need soft edges if it has crisp plotting and interesting characters, but the first two stories on Past Life are startlingly generic, and Kate, in lieu of a personality, is given a dog and a wacky mother.
  2. 30
    It's bad writing. It's lazy storytelling. It's ridiculous.
  3. Past Life is created by David Hudgins ("Friday Night Lights"), who certainly knows his way around a script, so it is literally shocking how bad the writing is, with Whately grinding out such illuminations as "You can't get DNA from a memory" or "It's like all your life you've been playing this game and then someone changes the rules" until you want to scream.
  4. Past Life begins with a fairly ridiculous premise, and the show's bland leads don't make it anymore watchable.
  5. 30
    Past Life is so glum, lugubrious and blandly cast I felt I had temporarily regressed into someone who in a past life hated television.
  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.
  8. 25
    As it is, Past Life is just a bad premise executed badly, and very unlikely to be given a second [life] season.

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