While there were events before Friday night, the Games of the 30th Olympiad opened on Friday night with an Opening Ceremony spectacle directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours). There was pyrotechnics, dancing, music , British gentleman doing kung-fu, and bicyclists with wings. All in all, it was a pretty damn good job by Boyle and his constituents and when the world tuned in live on Friday to watch the Opening Ceremony, they mostly appreciated the hard work that the performers had put into opening the games.
Unless you lived in the United States of America. See, here in America NBC did their damnedest to try and fuck everything up.
This isn’t an understatement. NBC’s coverage of the event nearly ruined my entire enjoyment of the event. Having had to work last night, I could only record the Opening Ceremony and came home and turned on my recording. After the opening shot of the stadium, I really had one lingering thought about the entire ceremony. Read the rest of this entry »