Finally finished watching both seasons of Dead Like Me, and had a pretty good idea why it was cancelled. The shows had some good dialogues, but mostly just awful. Most importantly, it'd appear that after two seasons, the crew still have no idea which direction they wanted to take the show -- at first I thought it was about funny reaping stories, that would have been interesting, but it wasn't. They developed the story line a little bit about the other boy who could see the creatures, but that was a dead end. It wasn't entirely about the protagonist either; they talked about the background of each characters, none of them meaningful or tied together. And they also developed the protagonist's original family (before she was killed) concurrently, again, leading to no where. Well, the 20 smart lines throughout two seasons simply did not cut it. Sadness, the premise of the story had so much potential.
One other thing about the show that boggles my mind: why do they portray death as a horrible thing? The show never defined what afterlife is like, probably because the team doesn't know, just like the rest of us. It was portrayed that the dead will see a lights of something they like, and walked into the light. In any case, it's not a horrible experience. Promising, even. So why do the reapers always feel that it's such a horrible thing for people to pass away?
This is the same question I have had for the longest time -- why do people assume that dying is such a horrible thing? If a person no longer wish to live, and there is no such thing as afterlife, then their misery is over. If there is an afterlife, there's a 50/50 chance that it will be better than the current life that they wanted to ditch. I guess this is back to my original point that a person should be allowed a choice of when they want to go and death should not be portrayed as something that one necessarily have to avoid at all cost.