(Originally, this was a post I did over on Google Plus and thought it would make a decent post here, as well.)
I have to preface all of this by saying that I really like the English and, from what I know of it, think they have a rich and diverse culture. I’d love to ‘hop the pond’ some day and see the place personally….maybe even catch The Graham Norton Show or something….who knows?
We DVR’d the Olympic opening ceremonies last night because, apparently, my wife is a pretty big fan. A little known fact about her that never came up in any of our ‘courtship’ conversations.
I, on the other hand, haven’t watched an opening ceremony since…probably….1984? Needless to say, I’m not a huge fan.
Anyway, we decided at around 2a.m. to sit down and watch and it was then that I remembered why I hadn’t watched since 1984….
Don’t get me wrong…some of it was pretty neat and I thought the bit with the Queen skydiving out of the helicopter with James (Daniel Craig) Bond was clever….but, some of it was a bit ‘out there’.
Now, granted, I know they were celebrating the ‘Four Isles’ things and that’s cool but, again, it just seemed hokey. Especially the bit about the two young kids meeting and the inventor of the Internet.
I wonder if Al Gore has heard of Tim Berners-Lee?
Anyway, a few points:
- Does the Queen ever smile? Maybe I don’t get royalty, but you’d think she’d at least pretend like she’s happy to be there. Maybe it’s a protocol thing. (Help me out here, Brits)
- They kept talking about “Danny Boyle” like he was a household name. Maybe over in England, but I’ve never heard of him.
- Not one mention of Dr. Who or The Avengers ??? Come on! I kid you not, the whole time watching I kept saying “We better see a TARDIS or something soon.” Nothing 😦
- We had to fast forward through the Phelps interview. I just couldn’t take it.
- I’ve never been impressed with Matt Lauer or Meredith Viera and this didn’t change anything. I’m sure it was part of the ‘production process’, but did they really need to explain every nuance of the show? That aspect was pretty annoying.
- I did think the way the Olympic cauldron came together was pretty neat and was a great symbol of what we, as a people, should strive to accomplish.
- In my original G+ post, I neglected to mention Mr. Bean which was a terrible oversight. I thought his bit was pretty funny and Rowan Atkinson never fails to entertain.
- Sir Paul McCartney always rocks. That is all.
- I really couldn’t believe that the IOC is still using the “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.” theme that I heard at the end.
I don’t know, I’m sure a lot of people enjoyed the show. To me, it was pretty ‘meh’.
I’m not a big sports watcher and I may check up on a few of the events such as volleyball and judo but, as for the rest, again “meh”.
I might try to check out the closing ceremonies but, at this point, even that’s up in the air.