I surrender -- except for #4
, which I probably won't do, because I'm lazy. (See: Have not posted in forever, and it wasn't even a real post.)
No, I don't know why thinking of premises constitutes 'work' and should be avoided, but thinking of stuff to fit a premise doesn't.
Police procedural in a steampunk zeppelin city. Bonus points for dragons.
Quavin City Police Department: Air Division (QCPD:AD)
Despite the city's location in the remote and wild American West, Quavin PD's Air Division was started shortly after larger cities like New York and London saw the need for police branches intended to protect their airspace, and as a result has a long and venerable history. Most of the force have worked there a long time, and are just glorified air customs officials cruising around in ornithopters.
HOWEVER, the real action happens with the 'Drag team,' the group of young,
crazyfearless pirate-hunters and their draconian coworkers. The humans are there because they love the work. Or because it pays well. Or because their aunt/cousin/brother was killed by airship pirates and they have a score to settle. Or because it's a job open to a woman, if she's brave enough, crazy enough, and not too concerned about her reputation. The dragons are there because they love the work. Or because it pays well. Or because they got underfoot in the dragon oligarchy and were sent out to cool their membranes a bit doing drudge work with the humans. Not all of the dragons have great English, and the dragon language is more or less impossible to pronounce with human mouths and vocal cords, so there's an unofficial dragon chain of command in addition to the official human one.
As you can imagine, this makes for an interesting work environment. There are several ongoing arcs about relationships within teams and between teams, and usually at least one dealt with in any individual episode -- in addition to the crime-fighting and pirate-hunting arcs.
The brief list of characters:
Linda Frank (Audrey Tautou
) hates pirates, likes turkish coffee black and unsweetened, generally tries to focus her life entirely on her work, and resists any attempt to get people to talk to her about anything outside the scope of her job.
Her dragon partner (Sylvester McCoy), affectionately known as 'Jim' because no one but the other dragons can pronounce his real name, has been working with the force since longer than most of the humans have been alive, and usually feels that work is all very well, but needs to be balanced with fun, too. He's been known to force her into going to parties, spring blind dates on her, and pull all sorts of practical jokes. Of late he's started threatening to set her up with dragons because she won't date any of the humans he's picked out for her. On a good day, he can sometimes get her to crack a smile, though she does her best to hide it.
Eliot Randolf (John Barrowman
) spent his childhood studiously avoiding anything that looked like it might require any sort of dedication, judgement, or effort. After he flunked out of university, his rich and influential father secured him a post in the police department, where he was promptly dumped on the Air Division because his total disinterest made him too incompetent for the regular force. To his -- and everyone else's -- surprise, he turned out to be good at dealing with dragons, and likes work in the air division. At the time the show starts, he's been assigned to work with 'Little Red,' a whiny teenage dragon (Daniel Radcliffe), who doesn't want to be here, but is restrained to only minor acts of rebellion by fear of the older dragons. However, as his acts of rambunctiousness occur without forethought, they're usually unimpeded by the thought of reprisals.Whoopie Goldberg
is the desk sergeant, along with an elderly, battle-scarred dragon (Billy Crystal) who can barely fly these days, but refuses to be retired.
Alice Mae (Maggie Cheung
) fought her way up through the slums to avoid the professions available to a woman in the harsher parts of town, and has no qualms about using the skills learned in her rough childhood on pirates and uncooperative merchants. She doesn't talk much, except to 'Lady,' her dragon partner (Elisabeth Sladen), one of the few people she trusts. Lady hasn't been with the force very long, but she has a lot of experience with humans, and she's steady, easygoing, and dedicated to the well-being of her coworkers. She's also really freakin' scary when she wants to be, and she's one of the main forces keeping Little Red in line.
Hiza's prompt has already thrown me for a loop, but what the hell. I surrender again!
Hmm, then I should give you something that will breed plotbunnies...
How about my usual, vampire fighter pilots in space? Bonus points for cameos by Elysium characters!
Edited at 2012-02-15 04:04 am (UTC)
And now I'm curious, what was Hiza's prompt for you?
I surrender! And I may or may not get around to number 4. I'm lazy.
I'm giving you a tricky one. >:)
Two parallel plotlines. One set in a historical period (up to you, but not more recent than the Civil War unless the plotbunnies attack), the other set in the present following the historians/archaeologists/grad students/professors researching the other half of the cast.
(Two-way time travel is out, but it's up to you whether either or both groups contain supernatural beings. At most two characters can be immortal. :P )