50 years and still going where no one has gone before.
As I’ve said previously, I’ve been a life long fan of Star Trek and I’m very happy to see that it will continue to explore strange new worlds, inspiring its viewers through both the films and hopefully TV (if ‘Discovery’is any good).
I’m not dead. Just had another month or so of extreme busy-ness. However during that time I finally processed the photos I took at the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It’s a fantastic day out and I highly recommend going, especially while they have the ‘Hogwarts Express’ Locomotive there. Nerdy train fact; although it is named ‘Hogwarts Castle’ the locomotive is actually a ‘Hall class’: ‘Olton Hall’.
It’s fascinating to see the detail and craftsmanship put into all the props, sets, costumes and creatures. My favourite is the Golden Snitch; it’s a beautiful piece of work.
Halfway through, you can gets snacks and try drinking ‘Butterbeer’… Can’t say I ever want to do that again, but it’s so sweet I’m sure kids love the stuff. The liquid and the froth are actually separate substances put together when purchased. I wasn’t able to tell what was in it… Maybe that’s for the best…
Possibly the most impressive thing there is the colossal filming model of Hogwarts itself. The size and detail of this thing is absolutely stunning. It’s lit with a rotating day/night cycle providing the opportunity to see all the internal lighting at work.
There’s also a huge gift shop full of fantastic souvenirs for fans of the series, book or film (Yes, of course I bought a wand!).
Again, I highly recommend going at least once if you can. It can be done in half a day. I probably won’t go again until something major is changed but they do seem to have special temporary additions every now and again.
See the whole set of photos here:
Hey look, I managed to do a whole post on ‘Harry Potter’ without saying ‘magic‘. Go me!
So the new Star Trek series has a name and a ship!
Gotta admit, she’s not the prettiest but I’ll take it over nothing. She’s also another ship that avoids the weaknesses in the classic Star Trek ship design, as I mentioned in my posted on the Enterprise in ‘Beyond’.
It’s been stated that this series take place in the original ‘prime’ timeline. The details on the ship suggest that it is post NX-01 but pre- Kelvin, so it could still be part of the history for both timelines if set before the Kelvin was destroyed.
Luckily, outside the US, this series will be on Netflix so thankfully I don’t have to sign up for yet another streaming service. With the entire back catalogue of Trek already there, the Netflix subscription is really proving it’s worth.
Wow… That’s insane.
This is looking like it could be one of the most visually spectacular films ever made. I may have to break my ‘No 3D’ rule for this one. Also, that shot of him flicking his cape on is fantastic.
Interesting to see a new logo for ‘Marvel Studios’. I guess it’s there to help make more a distinction between MCU films and the licensed films such as X-Men.
GHOST RIDER! With angry looking eye sockets no less!
I love Ghost Rider. Yeah, the films weren’t the best, but seeing the Rider on screen and wasting people is ridiculously entertaining.
Interestingly they’re not starting with the bike riding Johnny Blaze, but with the latest ‘All New’ version from the comics, Robbie Reyes, who drives a muscle car. In the comics, he has more of a helmet-like skull rather than a natural one, so it seems like they’re blending the looks of different versions together a bit. I would have liked to see Marvel do the classic Ghost Rider on a Bike in his own series ( which could easily still happen), but I’m super curious to see where they go with him in Agents of Shield. He’s a wildly different to anything Coulson and his team have come up againt before.