Last night was the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in London and it was, umm, interesting to say the least. Without the narration, by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, which wasn’t that great either, I don’t know if I would have totally known what was going on. I would’ve picked up on the transformation from the agrarian age to the industrial age, but the thing with the kids and the nurses might have left me perplexed. Then the whole thing with the house and the boy and girl, while I got it — kind of — it just didn’t really seem to work.
That is the thing about this opening ceremony, it was visually stunning at moments, and there did seem to be moments that had a point, but somehow, in my opinion, it seemed disjointed. It was as if too much was trying to be shown and told through too big a theater for some of those messages to be fully conveyed. Now, it would be easy for someone to criticize my critique of this opening ceremony by unfairly comparing it to the opening ceremony in Beijing China, of the 2008 Olympic Games. Unfortunately for me, I did not watch that ceremony; and I realize that I am probably the only human in the world that didn’t. I heard they were fantastic and immense and exciting and pretty much everything that the London opening ceremony wasn’t. I hope that those who were in the stadium were given a detailed program of the show, because there were places where I am sure people were wondering, “What is going on, and where am I supposed to be looking?;”unless Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira was somehow guiding them too. Was it an utter catastrophe? Of course not, I simply think that there was too much trying to be told on too grand a scale for some of that message to fully come across. That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.