"Despite focusing on NDEs, mediums, and reincarnation, Surviving Death boasts an extremely limited view of the afterlife—one in which all ghosts communicate in the same indirect-clue fashion, and have the same unrevealing things to say," Nick Schager says of the afterlife docuseries. "There’s much talk about consciousness and spirits’ 'energy' without ever properly defining those concepts. And there’s also one woman’s extended tall tale about foreseeing her death at the moment of her child’s birth (which almost took place; she was briefly in a medically-induced coma) without any confrontation of what it would mean for the future to be discernible—namely, that our paths are irreversibly set in stone, and thus that we have no free will, and that a higher power with a divine plan governs everything and everyone." ALSO: Surviving Death speaks to lockdown anxieties about dying.
TOPICS: Surviving Death, Netflix, Documentaries