Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Steampunk Media Review

It's validating to see you hobbies portrayed well in public media.  This weeks episode of the ABC show Castle featured a Steampunk society.

Frankly, it put our local society to shame--but you have to start somewhere and seeing steampunk really well done is motivating for our own endeavors.

If you are interested the episode can be viewed in entirety on Hulu.  It has just a few great scenes of what the character defines as “a subculture that embraces the simplicity and romance of the past and at the same time couples it with the hope and promise and sheer supercoolness of futuristic design.”  Oh yeah--that's steampunk.

And if you're in the mood for some more steampunk media, here are a few suggestions.  (Watch the ratings.)  This list is by no means exclusive, nor is everything on this list hardcore steampunk.  But if you want a good feeling of the genre--here are some that we have enjoyed.

 Last Year's Sherlock Holmes has some steampunk-esque elements.  That taser?  Seriously.

 Air pirates and zeppelins? They make Jeremy's heart soar.

 Definitely steampunk.

The first (1999) totally mainstream contemporary offering.  Western Steampunk.

Classic (1954) inspiration for steamers.

Not technically steampunk.  Simply science fiction from the actual time period steampunk tends towards.  H.G.Wells 1895.

Anime gives some great steampunk offerings.  With a name like "Steamboy" it's a given.

Two from Hayao Miyazaki.  More airships and steam-powered machinery. 

This one is a series--26 episodes--but well worth the time invested.  Steam-powered muskets even. 

I know there's some more television out there--on SyFy in particular--but really, we had to wait until the day after airing just to watch Castle, which is a network show, on Hulu.  So we definitely don't catch shows from premiere cable channels.

We've also enjoyed some good books and games in the genre, but those lists are for another time. 

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