I half-watched the first of the Opening Ceremony online at the office today – I have two monitors, so it’s easy enough to do while still getting work done – but I decided to watch at home tonight to see what I had missed, and to see how it looked in HD. (My laptop monitor of work is… well, low-def will suffice, but it’s something less than that.) About an hour in, I realized I had nothing for a blog post tonight and decided I’d share some of my random observations. I tweeted some of these, so if you follow me there, I apologize in advance for the duplication – and for quitting at some point before the ceremony actually ends. Because really, this is gonna go on forever.
- The pastoral scene reminds me more of Hobbiton than old-timey England.
- “Danny Boy” as the musical selection for Northern Ireland? Really? Ugh!
- I loved the forging of the Olympic rings during the “Industrial Revolution” sequence – it was cool looking as well as beautiful.
- When I was at work, I didn’t realize at first that the James Bond sequence was part of the show. I thought it was a commercial – but then realized the BBC feed didn’t have commercials. (Not a big Bond fan, obvs.)
- The dancing nurses were adorable. Apparently it is possible to love socialized medicine.
- The “Chariots of Fire” theme always reminds me of my 11th birthday, the first time I ever saw three movies in one day – one of which was Chariots, which I did not understand. In the 30 years since, I’ve never watched it again.
- I don’t love Mr. Bean. Never have. There. I said it.
- I do, however, love that there’s an entire sequence that’s an appreciation for the creation of the web. Thanks, Tim, indeed!
- David Beckham. On a boat. Need I say more?
- Why is Ryan Seacrest part of the Olympics? Is there any way we can make him not be, like immediately?
- How do people not cry when they’re the flag bearer for their country? Maybe I’m a total ninny, but I would be absolutely overcome, if it were me.
- “Denmark is the most competitive non-Asian nation in badminton.” Just an example of the weird-ass trivia they come up with for the parade of nations.
- The parade was up to Kenya before I noticed that there was a tiny map that popped up next to the name of the country each time a new one entered. And by “noticed” I mean my sister pointed it out to me.
- This is the first Olympics where every nation has a woman representing it, which is pretty awesome.
One thing I thought about throughout – what if these were DC’s Olympics? We were of the finalists during the selection process, and while I’m pretty relieved we didn’t get them in a lot of ways, I can’t help but wonder what our opening ceremonies would have looked – and sounded – like. I have a mental image of hundreds of people banging out a go-go beat on bucket drums, but somehow suspect the ceremony would have ended up more “Washington” and less “DC.” Which would be such a shame.
Who else watched? What did you think?