One of the few shows I really enjoy is Dead Like Me. It’s got witty writing, is shot locally and includes the incomparable Mandy Patinkin among the talented cast. If you’re BitTorrent-inclined, this site usually has an episode or two (particularly the day after it airs on TV–don’t ask me what day that is, I take a chaos theory approach to watching TV).
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, the premise is that the cast are all grim reapers. They look and operate more or less like normal people (no scythe and so forth), but their job is to ‘reap’ or take the soul of a person just before they die, sparing them the agony of an often-violent death.
As such, the reapers are at the scene of many an accidental death, suicide and homicide. If we’re actually supposed to believe that criminal investigators are as adroit as they appear on CSI (Miami, New York, Swift Current and all the others), then shouldn’t every reaper be pegged as a serial killer? Shouldn’t several of them already be in police custody, up on multiple murder raps? Maybe this has been a plot point and I missed it?
My first attempt at explanation was that the Almighty who selected the reapers maybe eliminated their fingerprints, DNA and (I’m stretching here) made them appear invisible on recorded video (a la vampires). This seems unlikely, as I imagine in this world that there have been reapers as long as there’s been death, and the Man Upstairs would be unlikely to build in these features. Any thoughts?
UPDATE: I thought I’d go to the hardcore “Dead Like Me” fans and post this query on the show’s official forum. Unfortunately, the site’s designer appears to have taken the profoundly-idiotic decision to bake their own PHP-based forum (or has opted for the worst free one available on the planet). This despite the many superior free and cheap forum systems available. I can’t even make this system work–how do you actually read the replies to messages without posting your own?
I found another fairly active forum and posted my question. They may be able to provide some insight.