Remote Patrol: "Past Life"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

To feed what seems an insatiable appetite for cop dramas, here's a new series that features all the familiar trimmings with one very interesting addition - reincarnation.

Each episode of "Past Life" centers around an ordinary person suffering from regression, namely traumatic memories of being murdered in a previous existence. Confused and in pain, they come to the Talmadge Center for Behavioral Health, where investigators use the recollections to solve crimes.

Principals on this team are Dr. Kate McGinn (Kelli Giddish), an attractive psychologist, and Price Whatley (Nicholas Bishop), a former homicide detective. Whatley was fired from the force for drinking too much after the death of his wife, for which he feels responsible.

(If you're keeping count of cop stereotypes, be advised that Whatley also refuses to let people in, hates playing by the rules and just wants the facts, ma'am.)

The show keeps you guessing with unfamiliar plot twists and includes some eye-catching cinematography. But many won't get past the show's underlying philosophical premise - one that even some characters struggle accepting.

"We've all been here before," McGinn explains in the pilot, as if ordering a cup of coffee.

"Past Life" will pique the interest of the most die-hard drama fans. Others should stick to "Cold Case," a much more enjoyable way to recap memorable murders of the '60s, '70s and '80s.

"Past Life"

Premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, on Fox

Grade: C-