We came in as the pastoral age was changing to the industrial. It was strange to my eyes and ears at first, but I thought it was evocative, narrative, excellent, once I adjusted. I will have to see the earlier part. I liked it very much.
The NHS doing bedtime with children and mixing in dreams/nightmares/stories wasn't brilliant, but it had interesting moments. The effects were interesting. Rowan Atkinson was funny in his sendup of "Chariots of Fire", and the queen's entrance with James Bond was funny.
The digital age segment was flat out stupid. An insipid walk through pop music from the 60's onward with aging boomers again trying to prove to teenagers that "hey, we really are hip, kids. We get it! We totally get this facebook and texting thing." Please stop.
The athletes walking in circles was about as expected. The wealthy nations favored blazers far more than usual this cycle. Taekwondo is apparently a sport a lot of poor countries feel they can afford to compete in. We waited to see Guor Mariel from Concord, NH appear under the Olympic flag, but he is still training in Flagstaff. Only the athletes from Netherlands Antilles were in the "Independent" category. Guor is from South Sudan, which recently separated from Sudan. He didn't want to run representing the country which killed so many of his relatives, he is not yet an American citizen because adequate documentation is hard to get from Sudan, and South Sudan does not yet have any Olympic committee. Food and staying alive remain more important issues there. Mut Mariel has run 2.14+ in his first marathon, so he is likely to be quite good.
The commercials all had to make sure they had a good mix of black, asian, and Latin American athletes, and more than enough women, because they are easier to look at. Lots of sweating, lots of intense looks, slo-mo, and arms raised triumphantly.
We held on until the Italian delegation came in because they are often interestingly stylish and worth watching. This year: blue suits, with striped blue ties.