Did You Enjoy the Olympics Opening Ceremony?

News 2012/07/28 17:37:10
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The opening ceremony for the 2012 summer Olympics aired last night and was a sight to be seen! The production values and imagery may have been the best in Olympics history. Taking place at the sight of the Olympic games in London, England, the ceremony featured some of the most memorable characters and public figures in the country's history.

Viewers saw Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling read a short tale before the appearance of England's most infamous villains--including her own creation in Voldermort (100 foot tall version). Then, we a fleet of Mary Poppins, not Harry Potter, come to the rescue and fight off Voldermort and the gang of villains.

Millions also watched Rowan Atkinson reprise his role of Mr. Bean on the grandest stage imaginable, complete with the hilarious facial expressions that made fans fall in love with his character nearly two decades ago. As usual, it didn't end well for Mr. Bean, who couldn't keep up with the orchestra or the runners from Chariots of Fire.

Perhaps the most memorable entrance of all was that of Queen Elizabeth, who jumped out a helicopter piloted by the current James Bond, Daniel Craig. OK, maybe she had a stunt double, but it still looked cool! In a fun twist, we saw a brief musical on the new age of social media, complete with Facebook statuses and tweets popping up as the performers presented a young love story. Overall, an impressive show visually!

But, what about you SodaHeads: Did you enjoy the opening ceremony?

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  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/07/30 01:10:16 (edited)
    Keegan The Fabulous
    As brilliant as all the acts were, the first act takes home the gold (pun intended). Seeing the stage transform from a warm, colorful countryside community to a cold, colorless patch of the iron industry in a matter of minutes was phenonemal, and so was seeing the volunteers forging the Olympic Rings and setting them aflame was just as amazing. The fact that the dancers were pretending to operate invisible machines was rather clever, as well. But the music... it was guttural and full of deep drums, like iron parts clashing against each other, the perfect music for such a scene.

    The act with the storybook characters takes home the silver for the beat of the music and the dancing, and the way the villains looked like shadows in the night.

    And, of course, third place is a tie between Rowan Atkinson's symphony and the Queen's leap into the stadium.
  • Cat 2012/07/30 00:58:00
    Their was way too much going on at one time.
  • strawberry Cat 2012/07/30 06:15:01
    Agree, theme did not fit an Olympics message. Too much acting and musical drama.
  • Cat strawberry 2012/07/30 13:50:07
    The whole hospital scene with all the children and balloons and Mary Poppins was the worst part. It just didn't make sense to me.
  • BigFig#9 Cat 2012/07/30 14:28:07
    They were just trying to rub in to the Americans that they have a truly socialized healthcare system that they really like!
  • Cat BigFig#9 2012/07/30 16:10:44
    I don't get how it about healthcare. I thought it was about children dying and that Voldemort thing looked like Satan, so all the children died and went to hell.
  • strawberry Cat 2012/07/30 21:17:26
    I know what you mean.? What did all that have to do with Olympics.? I never did like British taste, but did enjoy visiting England a couple times.
  • Lanikai strawberry 2012/07/30 17:01:16
    Okay, I understand both points, BUT, London is the biggest live Theater town on earth. They LOVE live theater, and I thought they did a bang up job of representing London/England and STILL managed to highlight Olympics past and present and entertain the mostly hometown audience.

    It was a clever departure from Chinas opening. Which also featured things dear to China-music, art, history.

    i like how each olympics highlights what is important to that nation.
  • strawberry Lanikai 2012/07/30 21:25:51
    I really loved visiting England. My X was born there, but don't care for their taste. The Olympics is a worldly event. Opening ceremonies should concentrate more on the Olympic theme, what it stands for. It is alright to add some personal touch but I thought the British did an overkill. I especially did not like Paul McCarthy's long version of "Hey Jude."
  • LindaM 2012/07/30 00:57:08 (edited)
    It wasn't as good as some of the others, but I enjoyed it. I love the Olympics and try to watch most of it.
  • Luna Wren 2012/07/29 23:46:14
    Luna Wren
    Was I supposed to watch it?
  • Stan Zebell 2012/07/29 23:11:39
    Stan Zebell
    In al honesty, I did not watch. After seeing the highlights I am glad I chose not to.
  • Nuke 2012/07/29 18:43:35
    Because I didn't watch it, I don't care about the games at all...
  • flaca BN-0 2012/07/29 18:03:42
    flaca BN-0
    I especially was wowed by the ring of molten iron and the smelters... the glow of it, amazing! And those huge towering chimneys of the brickworks.
  • MR2020PERSON 2012/07/29 17:41:17
    Rowan atkinson is my profile pic!! he was the funny highlight of the ceremony for me
  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/29 17:24:06
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    I am not into necessarily comparing them against one another. It was highly entertaining with one exception. I didn't care for the political statement regarding national health care. Outside of that, I loved it.
  • Kingarthurup 2012/07/29 16:05:21
    bean and beatles.... how can you get cheesier than that?
  • Saye Saye Kingart... 2012/07/30 12:11:45
    Saye Saye
    good one
  • Dr.M.Williams 2012/07/29 15:45:59
    Typically bland, aka British.
  • charlie9 Dr.M.Wi... 2012/07/29 20:17:52
    I take it ur american then
  • CatX3 charlie9 2012/07/30 05:10:13
    I take it "ur" 12 then.
  • charlie9 CatX3 2012/07/30 20:06:30
    I take it ur an a**hole then
  • CatX3 charlie9 2012/07/31 00:35:23
    Seems I was right after all.
  • charlie9 CatX3 2012/07/31 22:43:47
    In what way
  • CatX3 charlie9 2012/07/31 23:43:29
    You still haven't denied being 12.
  • Mitri Dr.M.Wi... 2012/07/30 13:55:14
    Not over the top for American standards?
  • ticlo7 2012/07/29 15:39:06
    China set the standard extremely high, thank G_d London didn't just do a load of random fireworks. I though it was great and in comparison to what everybody thought it would be, brilliant. I was laughing my arse off with the things they did!
  • Outta' Here. 2012/07/29 15:30:32
    Outta' Here.
    Except for the annoying commentary by the NBC hosts.
  • painted desert 2012/07/29 15:27:15
    painted desert
    Yes, I thought it was great.
  • MR. 2012/07/29 14:19:23
    When I was growing up, my Mom would absolutely make sure we experienced as many historical events as possible, either by attending them or viewing them on television. As an well educated Head Nurse, she knew their importance, in forming and filling our hearts and minds with the wonder and spectacle that life truely is,...*(Like the Royal Wedding earlier this year, the opening for the Olympics was, 'very impressive',... *LONDON 2012')
  • Freeranger 2012/07/29 13:57:55
    I love them. I stay as riveted to my big screen as is possible. Rowan Atkinson is SO funny and he was in perfect character. Few know btw, that he has a degree in electrical engineering. One of the great mimes
  • Dan Hawkins 2012/07/29 13:57:21
    Dan Hawkins
    No, I do not like or enjoy the Olympics period.
  • Dave 007 2012/07/29 11:50:30
    Dave 007
    Didn't watch it. No medals were on the line.
  • shadow76 2012/07/29 11:15:39
    Didn't watch it.
  • Marianne 2012/07/29 11:14:22
    Sure I did.
  • Bill 2012/07/29 10:45:07
    Didn't watch it. Cold care less about it.
  • BlackwinterG36C 2012/07/29 10:26:11
    But it did drag in some parts.
  • mrdog 2012/07/29 08:12:59
    I'm with the Queen on this question...boring...bark
  • doc moto 2012/07/29 07:17:26
    doc moto
    I sure I would have since my daughter-in-law described it to me, she is from the UK and after the cost of doing something like that, well it must of been good for something, eh?
  • NoBama Man 2012/07/29 06:29:25
    NoBama Man
    I got a little frustrated when they kept interrupting my commercials with the Olympics...

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