It was wonderful...except for the part where Matt, Meredith and Bob couldn't seem to SHUT THEIR FUCKING GOBS FOR TWO SECONDS.
I spent a good part of the broadcast amusing my husband by yelling at them to SHUT THE FUCK UP.
I think I'll watch the online streaming version today--hopefully with less yapping and more shutting up.
I don't understand why TV announcers--especially the US announcers--seem to love the sound of their own voices so much that they have to talktalktalktalk during even the most poignant parts of the ceremony.
And my prediction about NBC's coverage (time-delayed to add commercials) was accurate, I'm sorry to say. They picked some of the worst times to cut to commercial--and apparently edited out some of the ceremony too. That is so fucked up I want to cry.
I have a feeling I'll be watching a bunch of the coverage online. I tried out the Equestrian Dressage this morning and it was fantastic. No announcers except the one at the venue and lovely video of pretty horses and handsome riders.
The parts I loved about the opening ceremonies:
I loved, loved, loved the Queen and 007--although I did wonder why he arrived at the palace in a black cab? And why he didn't bow to Her Majesty? Adorable Corgis were adorable. The Queen is a great sport and this just shows her sense of humor which everyone knew she must have...wonderful.
The rest was fantastic--NHS, literary heroes and villains, inventor of the WWW, history and that cauldron is epic! I'm glad they had the young athletes light the "petal".
Dragging Muhammad Ali out to touch the Olympic flag was gut-wrenching and not in a good way.
I would have liked to have seen more of the parade of nations...but of course, NBC lingered on the US and UK athletes to the exclusion of some fantastic costumes. Oh well.
I'm most looking forward to the Equestrian, Diving, Gymnastics and Swimming.