Surviving Death season 1 review – what happens when we die?

By Daniel Hart
Published: January 5, 2021 (Last updated: January 26, 2024)
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Netflix series Surviving Death season 1 review


If there’s one series that will get the paranormal community musing over their experiences, this is it.

Netflix’s Surviving Death season 1 will be released on the streaming service on January 6, 2020.

A concern of mine present in Western culture is how we have made death a taboo subject. Our fear of it makes us avoid the possibility — we convince ourselves it is not true. The last 12 months have been grim; the subject of death cannot be avoided and Netflix series Surviving Death is a friendly reminder that we need more content surrounding this subject, so we process and deal with what is a regular human occurrence.

Ironically, no-one is dying permanently in this docuseries as the title angles. Still, it does pose the question of what some have gone through when experiencing it and then have luckily been resuscitated. “What happens when we die?” is truly humanity’s one crippling question. It cannot be scientifically proven. It can only be anecdotally compiled with various experiences of those who flatlined. The first chapter of Surviving Death Season 1 explores that notion, with accounts of people leaving their own body and entering an unimaginable portal, before being shunned back to earth.

I think it’s only fair to be transparent; I’ve been an atheist most of my life, but very recently I decided to switch to agnostic — mostly because I didn’t particularly appreciate being whittled into one box, which is what atheism does. Being able to question anything and everything, and consider every possibility is a much more desirable approach. But I struggle with series like Surviving Death because, despite my open-mindedness, I am cynical when it comes to paranormal events.

However, there’s no denying that the participants in this docuseries are compelling. I genuinely believe these people believe the experiences they have had. Regardless of whether or not there’s a scientific backing (though none has been proven to a large extent) or a deep spiritual meaning, the first chapter of Surviving Death shows people who had life-changing experiences. And a part of me almost felt oddly jealous; to have an experience like that and see the world differently and spiritually must be a consuming and satisfying experience.

The Netflix series can be accused of using the same old dramatic tropes and cheesy music to back the story. That did not help my cynicism, but there are a wide-range of stories told in Surviving Death that encourage the viewer to cling on to every word. After you venture past Episode 1, the series explores mediums, seeing dead people, and reincarnation. If there’s one series that will get the paranormal community musing over their experiences, this is it.

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