'Join the force,' the posters say. 'Help keep the streets safe for our citizens'. A proud line of work indeed. They never tell you about the other parts, and they're probably in the right on that.Below Board: A Tale of Police and Politics in 1930s New Orleans
— Chet, narrating the opening lines of the series.
is a Podcast Audio Play
being made by AH.com
members Ares96 and Iserlohn. Set in the same universe as The Story of a Party
, it's set up as a fairly standard Police Procedural
, following two Burglary detectives investigating a string of thefts in 1930s New Orleans
At present the story is moonlighting as Web Original Fiction
, as the creators are unable to record it themselves. The first episode can be found on AH.com
(members only) or on deviantArt
. Episode two is only on dA
- Alternate History: But of course. To summarise, there was a harsher Great Depression, leading to a left-wing movement called National Socialism (no, not Those Wacky Nazis) taking power and an early Civil Rights movement. This is in a lull by the time the show opens, leaving race relations rather frosty.
- Always Murder: Zig-zagged. The main characters are investigating burglaries, but someone inevitably ends up dead before the episode is over.
- Berserk Button: Don't say the N-word in front of Detective Martin. Tanner finds this out the hard way toward the end of the second episode.
- Buddy Cop Show: The main characters are Detectives Chet Holloway, an up-and-comer from the Upper Midwest, and Jules Martin, an agin' Cajun who serves as his mentor.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Being an Alternate History work, it's prone to this. For instance, cars are referred to throughout as "autos".
- Da Chief: Captain Aldridge serves this role for the most part, since the actual Superintendent (New Orleanian name for the police chief) has not yet appeared.
- Flashed Badge Hijack: Chet kind of pulls this on a train in the second episode.
- Last Name Basis: This being the police, everyone except Chet goes by this.
- Mama Didn't Raise No Criminal: Subverted with James' mother in the second episode. She knows he was a small-time crook, just not that he'd get involved in something that big.
- Old Cop, Young Cop: Detectives Martin and Holloway, respectively.
- Ragin' Cajun: Detective Martin averts this, and while Cajun, is usually quite calm and collected. He can't abide by racism, though.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Chet's the red, Martin's blue.
- Shout-Out: The episode titles to Dragnet, whose episode titles all started with The Big... as well.
- The Big Easy: An alternate version of it, but the Big Easy nonetheless, provides the main setting for the series.