Look, I’ve got no problems with fiction series built around supernatural concepts. as long as they’re not intentionally trying to promote bunk as truth outside the series.
But dadgummit, if you’re using the fantastic, do something fantastic with it!
The most blatant problem with the new Fox series Past Life, which premiered last night in advance of taking its usual time slot as of this Thursday, is that it builds itself around this fantasy concept – people remembering their previous lives – simply to find out who murdered someone in their previous life. That’s right, they’re using awesome concept of recycled souls as an excuse for a lame version of Cold Case.
And to make it worse – in Cold Case, they’re looking into a tragedy. Someone got murdered, got wiped off the face of the planet. On Past Life, the supposedly-murdered person is sitting right there! They’re back! All that happens is that they’re now younger than they would have been. Oh, the tragedy!
Even within the rules they setup, they’re sloppy. They kind of have to be. Conveniently, people are flashing back to recent lives, so they fan find murderers who are still alive. And conveniently, they are reincarnations of other Americans. And when their flashback images aren’t of sufficiently detailed, our investor makes a random and illogical guess about where the murder took place – one that was conveniently correct.
Skip this ESPolice procedural.