I was always very fond of this show. Does it reinvent the wheel? No, but it's got some great characters and a fun spin on things with the amateur detective angle that still makes it stand out in a sea of small-town supernatural dramas about teens. Can't wait to see the final version of the pilot!
Okay, this is a really great idea, and I can't recall the last time someone laid out their vision in this much detail, haha. I love the idea of a grounded but procedural/mythology-driven "superpowers" show (as opposed to just following the regular daily goings-on of people with powers a la Misfits). That said, I kind of get a "The Leftovers" vibe ontop of the influences you already mentioned, with the idea of these inexplicable disapperances and how they've affected the lives of the disappeared. I love how genuinely flawed and complicated all these people seem, that's something I always appreciate in a show. It will be great to see how they all play off each other.
If there's one concern it's maybe that there's one or two regular characters too many? Then again, that's something people say and then the writer already has it figured out in terms of how to juggle them all, so ignore that.
I really look forward to reading the pilot!
Edit: Reading over it again, I notice there are only six main characters, no clue how I extended it to eight-nine in my mind, lol, so really do ignore that comment.
Soo... I just watched the finale of this fantastic series. Wow, no finale has the right to be that emotional and meaningful. I honestly hate it for playing with my feels in the way it did.
*wipes away tears* But anyway. Such an overall brilliant show. I mean, yeah, I won't be able to look at it for the next two or three weeks for what it's done to me, but it's definitely one of my all-time favorites.
Favorite Season: Season 3 (I imagine my opinion could very well change on a rewatch, but right now it stands out to me as the season with by far the strongest collection of arcs, and the finale being easily the show's strongest not-counting-the-series-finale) Favorite Character(s): Laura Roslin, D'Anna Biers/Number Three, Starbuck Least Favorite Character(s): Felix Gaeta, Galen Tyrol, maybe Tom Zarek (though I find it a little hard to actually hate that guy, considering what a caricature he quickly became. He essentially turned into that cartoon villain who stands in the corner of the room, clenching his teeth and shaking his fist at "the good guys") Favorite Episode: I dunno, The Eye of Jupiter/Rapture maybe? Loved the whole algae planet/Temple of Five business, and not only because of all the Lucy Lawless, I promise...
Your idea doesn't really seem to have merit as a fully fledged episode, it's more like a facet of the plot than an actual plot in itself. It has not been greenlit, I can say that with confidence right now.