I like these examples. But please feel free to experiment. I'm open to anything.
Update (2/9/19): "Pilot" can also have multiple meanings. Please refer to some of the following definitions for inspiration:
1. A person who operates the controls of a plane, ship, rocket or even a submarine. (I especially like the idea of a submarine, because we "dive deep" to find the story.)
2. A television program made to test audience reaction with a view to the production of a series.
3. A small permanent flame used to ignite gas at a burner.
1. to steer.
2. to lead, guide, or conduct, as through unknown places, intricate affairs, etc.