That thread got the wheels turning in my head. As I've been working, I've been idly thinking about how a IG set in a Cowboy Beebop setting would look, with Gadget as a private investigator. >>96874694
It could easily be done I think, if there was a will to do it. Whether or not you think it was good, Mystery Inc did show that you could take a decidedly goofy premise and give it a serious twist. Having real stakes is a key element.