I was imagining that there's some low-level security guy that the thief is leaning on (leverage involving threatening the guy's family), and it turns out the best way to handle it is to try to catch the thief in the act.
Do you have the heist itself figured out? If not, it might be interesting to have the employee in question be a cashier
rather than a basic security type, since I don't think I've seen that as much. And/or possibly a woman rather than a man, since ditto. The thief could possibly be an ex? (Not that that
isn't a bit cliched.)
Alternatively or in addition, you could consider bringing in the issue of it possibly being an Indian casino - as I'm guessing many of the Miami casinos are? - as the tribal politics involved in their operation can be a big deal. However, this might be a little much for you to use if you don't know much about the subject and/or didn't know how to research it.(Also, the casino is preparing for a massive auction event to benefit... I dunno, kittens with cancer or something.)
Hee.even if my hand-waving explanations sound rock-solid (ha), if the loglines prompt these sorts of 'huh?' questions, well, that's a bad thing. If I use them, I'll need to put enough explanation into the loglines so they look solid at first glance.
Well, some of them would require more explanation than others. I think in the case of "Marked Cards" and "Hotwired" all you really need to do is add "In order to help a _____..." to the start of the logline. "Perimeter Warning" might require more explanation; otoh, I don't know how clear most people's understanding of the chain of command in such issues would be - mine's not expecially keen. So if that's something you can come up with an explanation for in the episode itself, I think most people would assume there will be some explanation while reading the logline.("But can't he just build another one?" "Quiet, voice-in-my-head!")
Yeah, and - again - why can't he call the cops and/or the FBI? Is he paranoid that the government will try to steal his design, or what?
(I'm getting a mental image of an inventor who's a cross between Doc from Back to the Future
and Frohike from The X-Files
, and it's breaking my brain a little.)