Katie: I miss ghost shows. I haven't watched them in a while.
Cassie: I haven't read any of those books, but I'm now interested in a few.
I'm going to recommend a TV show called Dark Angel. Some of you might have heard of it. It aired from 2000 to 2002 for two seasons and according to James it was the show that was canceled to be replaced with Firefly. So, that's fun.
It features a girl named Max who was genetically engineered by the government to be a super solider. When she was young, her and her "brothers and sisters" escaped from the government facility. The show takes place with her as 20-something year old, making a living as a mail carrier by day and a thief by night.
The setting is a kind of post-apocalyptic US. Years prior, a EMP pulse wiped out all government records and plunged the country into a kind of second great depression, although the rich and the government seem to get by just fine. The second main character of the show is Logan who uncovers government secrets and broadcasts them to the public. Max ends up using her combat and stealth skills to help Logan protect people in exchange for Logan's help digging up information about her brothers and sisters whom she lost contact with after her escape. Eventually, they form a friendship.
Now, admittedly, I jumped into this show six episodes before the end of season 1 and I've just started season 2, so I don't exactly have the full picture of things, but this is why you might want to watch. For one, Max has a pretty kick ass attitude (which I think Katie would like). And I think any NCIS fan would get a kick out of watching a young Michael Weatherly (who plays Logan). Lastly, the show is just freaking interesting. I had my doubts as soon as I heard the words "genetically engineered solider." Like, seriously, how many times has that been done? But the storyline and the characters are great. Honestly, I'm half upset this show got canceled for Firefly. It's just as worthy of having a long run.
And the show just has some great gems, like watching Max and her siblings interact through season 1. Even though they have been apart for so long, they have a very strong bond. And now in season 2 the government facility has been destroyed and all sorts of genetically engineered creatures are running around and trying to make their way in the world. It's kind of amazing to watch all these genetic "screw ups" from the facility trying to fade into normal human life.
One of my favorite moments so far is during the last episode I watched where Max is having a rough time with this relationship she's in and she tells a friend that maybe it's just not meant to be. And he points out to her that dog and human DNA were never meant to be mixed and yet there he stands in front her. There's another great moment in season 1 where one of Max's siblings who comes across as a giant jerk-ass the whole time he's on screen but makes the ultimate sacrifice and you just can't hate him anymore. Or Max's favorite place in the city where she can stand high above it and look down on it and imagine all of its thousands of people who all have problems (maybe not running from a government organization kind of problems, but still problems). And if she stands there long enough, all those people and all those problems pile on top of each other and she almost feels like she's one of them, like a normal everyday person.
Seriously, it's great. And there a plenty of comedic moments thrown in. Give it a try.