I perked up the other night while watching “Agents of SHIELD”. The villain of the episode chose our former home, Malta, as the location of his secret lair. A colleague observes:
Malta. You’re not stupid. Stunning beaches, beautiful tax laws… and a deep-seated hatred of outside forces telling them what to do.
The TV episode wasn’t shot in Malta, of course, but southern California. Speaking generously, producers managed to find a few vaguely Maltese-looking settings. The show used the standard Bourne Identity convention of showing a panning shot of Malta with ‘Republic of Malta’ on-screen to transition to that location. Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge):
Hilariously, though, that’s not Malta.
Any Maltese person would tell you that. And nearly any Greek person would recognize that as the caldera of Santorini, a popular tourism destination in the Aegean Sea. I recognized it, too, because I’ve been there, back in 2002. That’s the village of Imerovigli. You can see the blue dome and nearby clock tower in this Google Earth view, and here’s a photo looking up at them.