Getting through some of the S2 section 31 stuff and would anybody like to see a police procedural style or detective style Section 31 podcast? I have ideas:
-sectioned officer investigates his favorite coffee shop barista gone missing -private detective, quit from being sectioned, photographs something otherworldly -lots of section cherry popping -the story of how specialized equipment is developed and the testing officers
*published writer open to collabs, but not willing to commit without interest
What do you think about a Twin Peaks sort of procedural element, possibly. Like the Albert + Gordon Cole + coffee/diner baked goods obsession aspects, if you know the series. Just struck me that if your protag loves coffee maybe he also loves cherry pie, and the ritual of ordering coffee + cherry pie at his favorite spot kind of serves as the emotional center to this otherwise very forensically-minded hard-bitten police veteran. So he loves his coffee & cherry pie, and by proxy, has great affection for the people who serve it to him. Until... his favorite waitress at the diner goes missing. And it's been Section 31 just round the edges until the waitress/barista disappears, and then the freaky sh** gets let loose. Also - do you think your Sectioned Officer is an Avatar or potential Avatar, for one of the Entities. The Stranger? Or maybe The Web?
Procedural elements + the despoiled "favorite haunt" you describe sound like a great combination, since I think you can really create a sturdy, almost comfortingly normal foundation there for exploring the Section'd side of things in a way that's both grounded in reality, but has lots of freedom to get spooky & coolweird. If I'm interpreting your idea correctly, you're very wisely taking a cue from the RQ team & looking to build in that solid element of realism & almost "mundanity" straight from the beginning (such as Archiving a collection of records & statements) as a means to take this otherwordly material and make it relatable in a way that feels coherent & confident in its own gravity. (god can you tell I miss Magnus?)
All that said, your spinoff concept is very appealing.
Really interested if you decide to pursue this. Keep us posted.