I watched the Olympics Opening Ceremony with visiting English friends and I’m sure it won’t surprise you to hear that they were shocked and appalled by the totally bowdlerized, time-delayed, insipidly narrated spectacle NBC managed to nearly ruin. I say ‘nearly’ because I think it was still possible -despite the asinine editorial jolts from Matt and Meredith – to appreciate the quirky and magisterial British soul. It took me a while to get into it but I think it was basically a big success.
And what a beautiful counterpoint to China’s muscular and riveting but deeply unsettling display four years ago.
Here’s Alex Wolff’s analysis:
With The Queen in the house, we heard music from the Sex Pistols, the same band whose God Save the Queen was banned by the BBC. Boyle meant for us to take to heart that line from The Tempest, read early in the evening by Kenneth Branagh: “Be not afeard: the isle is full of noises.”
On these isles of wonder, tumult is a good thing.
It’s too bad the dopes at NBC couldn’t tolerate a little “tumult” and had to treat us all like confused toddlers.