Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies
The opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics just finished. Overall, I'm impressed.
The first few minutes of the show were a little slow and had me quite worried, but when things took off, it was a great presentation. Most memorable was that the music was an amazing, continuous, live soundtrack; I will be very interested to find out more about that. The performances were well choreographed, and I really liked the lighting projection system.
While I'm not a fan of k.d. lang, her performance of "Hallelujah" was a highlight. I thought the aboriginal theme was overplayed and a little to focal considering the other things this country has to offer, and the French-first irked me. I thought driving Gretzky across the entire downtown of Vancouver, in the rain, with the torch, was a little silly.
The biggest annoyance was that the HD broadcast was in Purtuguese on Omni1, and in Mandarin on Omni2. If I wanted to understand and actually anjoy the show over the commentary, I had to watch on cruddy rabbit-ears CTV. I found myself switching back and forth to take advantage of picture quality. Why would they do that?!
A proud Canadian moment.