A new Steampunk slanted television series was recently announced that’s likely to be of interest to those already fans of SyFy’s Warehouse 13 series. In this spin-off series, the sister of the author H.G. Wells is actually a brilliant scientist and author who uses her brother as a front for acceptance of her research and writings in her Victorian world.
For those unfamiliar with the premise of the series, Warehouse 13 revolves around two US Secret Service Agents who are assigned to warehouse 13, which houses supernatural “artifacts”. They are tasked with retrieving missing Warehouse 13 artifacts and investigating reports of new ones artifacts.
The setting for the prequel takes place during the era of Warehouse 12 when it was located in Great Britain. Wells’ sister opts to remain a free agent despite Warehouse 12’s efforts to recruit her and uses her many talents to solve murders and other mysteries.
This could be interesting if done well. We’ll have to wait and see what comes of it!
Wild Wild West was once a television series that originally aired in the 1960’s and featured some considerable Steampunk tech. My mother recalls watching the episodes as a teenager and insists that Wild Wild West was in its original form an excellent series.
My first exposure to Wild Wild West, however, was the 1999 film remake of the series. I can’t remember much about the film because, well 1999 was a long time ago, but I do remember this: it was awful and stupid. Here’s the trailer if you need a refresher:
Ugh, just watching it makes me feel like my eyes are going to bleed. Sure, it’s Steampunk, but it’s just so stupid. It’s a horrible example of Steampunk because it’s just so inane. People who are familiar with the Wild Wild West film think I’m crazy that I’m into Steampunk. They look at me as if to ask, “Seriously? You’re into that? And there’s a whole lifestyle built around it?”
And then I have to explain that yes, but Steampunk made by Steampunks is so much interesting and intelligent and the Wild Wild West film can’t hold a candle to how cool we actually are. But usually, they just reply with this expression:
There is a chance, however, that our days of lamenting the Wild Wild West film are soon to end. Ron Moore, the re-creator of such classic television series such as Battlestar Galactica. It’s only in the rumor phases, but enough time has passed since the movie that only the Steampunk community itself still reels at the mention of the film.
Maybe, just maybe, we can get a remake worthy of both my (and my mother’s!) attention.
You can read more about the rumors on Geeks are Sexy.
The weekend is just on the horizon and to celebrate, I have a Steampunk web series that was later combined into a feature film, Wormtooth Nation. The film is about a young man who wakes up in a subterranean city not knowing who he is or how he got there. The residents of the city are on a quest to find the surface, but they keep losing their memories. Here a trailer:
Wormtooth Nation is based loosely off of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the FAQ, they explain that Geoff and Cullen were both in a production of the play and thought, “Hey, this is a cool story! What if we were to make this story, only it’s not like this story at all?”
This production has been nominated for for numerous awards, and it’s really quite amazing for a student production. I’m expecting to see many great things out of Cullen and Geoff in the future.
If you happened to enjoy Wormtooth Nation, you can buy it on DVD here. You’ll be happy to know that should the production team make any money off of Wormtooth Nation, they intend to give all profits back to the community. Way to go, gentlemen!
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne is a TV series that was shown on the Sci-Fi Channel in June of 2000. This Steampunk extravaganza is centered around the notion that there is a vast conspiracy surrounding the books of Jules Verne. His novels, the episodes assert, were not the works of fiction by a revolutionary creative mind, but actual events that Verne himself experienced.
The following video is the first section of the premiere episode of the series, In the Beginning:
The first twelve episodes of the series is up through the play-list on YouTube, so this should provide for some excellent viewing material over the coming weekend.
It should theoretically go without saying that this film series is not historically accurate, but I figured I best say that here and now. As Steampunks, we tend to scoff at historical accuracy when it concerns the creation of our own subculture, and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne is no exception.
Ladies and gentlemen, the weekend has descended upon us once again! I hope it finds you enjoyably awash in free time.
While I was scouring Hulu last week for The Island of Doctor Moreau film, I came upon a wonderful collection of TV episodes of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes from 1954-1955 staring Ronald Howard as Sherlock Holmes, and Howard Marion-Crawford as Dr. Watson.
These episodes, just like The Island of Doctor Moreau, take considerable liberties with the source material by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But they are at the very least entertaining and engaging.
A working understanding of Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s work is important for every self respecting Steampunk not because of any strong influence on Steampunk, but rather because Holmes embodies so much of the deviant thinking in which we Steampunks take pride. Steampunks look at the seemingly impossible fusion between Victoriana and the modern world and meld it into a natural and simple conclusion in the shape of a sub-culture. It takes a broad mind with a palette for contradictions to enjoy a sub-culture that promotes an artistic turn back to Victorian times while simultaneously engendering themes of rebellion and belief in human potential.
It also helps the aspiring Steampunk to have a respectable knowledge of oft-cited literature in communication with other Steampunks, and one can be sure that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s great detective will not be omitted from all conversations!
So watch an episode or two! These should help ease the wait for the new Sherlock Holmes film to come out on DVD on March 30!