While traveling in Canada last month with my parents, we watched a few episodes of a very intruiging TV show called ‘Murdoch Mysteries.’ Set in Toronto in the late 1890s-early 1900s, it follow Detective William Murdoch as he solves a variety of crimes.
So why am I writing about it here? Because there are definite Steampunk elements to it. The timeframe, for starters – late Victorian. Detective Murdoch solves his crimes using forensic and scientific techniques that are cutting-edge for, or even a bit ahead of, his time. A passion for science permeates his character, as well as that of the coronor, Dr. Julia Ogden. Guest characters have included Nicola Tesla, Arthur Conan Doyle, and H.G. Wells. And episodes have included a large airship, a rampaging automaton (of sorts), and even a death ray that would make Dr. Obolensky proud!
I absolutely love, love, love this show. The characters, the stories, the style, the writing, the humor… they’ve all completely clicked with me. The only other show to have reached this level of addiction with me is ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000.’ They’ve got me, hook, line, sinker, rod, reel, net, waders…
And yes, this goes by way of explanation for my scarcity of late. I signed up at acorn.tv (first month free!), which has all seven seasons available for streaming, and I’m binge-watching like mad. *grin*