Castle is one of my favorite shows at the moment–not just because of Nathan Fillion–and the latest episode, Punked, did an amazing job depicting the steampunk subculture. Turns out the episode was a response to a writer’s challenge…

You may recall my review of NCIS: LA’s “steampunk episode” last year, and the scathing review I gave it (and for good reason, I might add). At the end of that review, I issued a challenge for someone to produce a real “steampunk episode” and cited Castle as one of the only programs I felt had the ability to do it right. I have been told by Castle creator and executive producer Andrew Marlowe that “Punked” was their answer to that challenge, and let me say that they have more than exceeded my wildest expectations. Castle’s “Punked” was everything that the NCIS: LA episode was not, and it should go down in television history as the first real “steampunk episode” of a mainstream TV show.

via Castle’s “Punked”: A Love Letter to the Steampunk Community | Tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts.