The people finding their seats are of varied ethnicities, and dressed in different styles, some of them conspicuously regional -- there's a man in some kind of plain robes, and a woman in a sari -- though with a general tendency towards neat grooming and pastels. There's variety in age, too, within a range of maybe twenty to fifty: no children, and no really old people, but there's gray hair and wrinkles visible. All the conversation she can hear is in English; a few people look like they already know each other, but mostly it's the polite chatter of introductions.
And then there's something like very low-key fireworks, tracing out a rectangle in the air in front of them, and the crowd goes quiet as a white screen flickers into existence, and the orientation video begins.
The video features a cheerful Michael, welcoming them all to their first day in the afterlife. He explains, with visuals in the best Powerpoint style, that every one of their actions has been judged and totaled up according to a perfectly accurate measuring system, with some being marked positive and some negative according to "how much good they put out into the universe."
(A few examples flicker briefly by on the screen -- "eat a sandwich" and "sing to a child" and "give out full size candy bars at halloween" are the green color of positive actions, "buy a trashy magazine" and "use 'facebook' as a verb" and "commit genocide" are the red of negatives.)
After death, the video-Michael explains, everyone's score is calculated, and the people with the very highest scores get to come to the Good Place. ("What happens to everyone else, you ask? Don't worry about it.") And what's more, each person's actual soulmate ("yes, that's right, soulmates are real") is in the neighborhood too; they will spend eternity together.
"So welcome to eternal happiness," he concludes. "Welcome to the Good Place. Sponsored by ... otters holding hands while they sleep! You know the way you feel when you see a picture of two otters holding hands? That's how you're going to feel every day."
Everyone applauds as the video ends.