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Well; the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics certainly was….surprising.
As I predicted; there was quite a bit of content that just had me squirming in my chair, thinking "No! NO! Why did you do that?!". The absurdity of the nod to the NHS, for example, and the sudden appearance of various storybook villains, which felt (for lack of a better word) "Disney".
However; the "historical" section of the ceremony's opening half utterly blew me away. An unexpected appearance by Kenneth Branagh, playing Isambard Kingdom Brunel (who essentially WAS the Industrial Revolution), began a spectacular sequence that pretty much summed up what Britain's past was all about; fire and industry.
It was, without a doubt, the highlight of the entire spectacle, and if you either didn't get the chance to catch it or didn't bother to watch it, I urge you to track it down online!

And then there was James Bond….charged with the most difficult seduction of his career.
Yes. That really was her. I couldn't believe it either.

After that, though, things got a little too surreal, abstract or pointless (in my opinion) until the lighting of the "cauldron" some 2 or so hours later (feel free to fast forward).

What I'm really enjoying now is reading what the rest of the world have been saying, which is essentially "We don't know what the hell we just saw, but we liked it!" followed by "Hey, look! It's Mr Bean!"
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theroyalscouter Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So it really was her?... I thought they wouldn't dare place such an ederly women to such a fit. My guess was, actor an she was just waiting the signal to appear as if she actually had jumped. That's insane.
Most of the show just wasn't to Olympic Games expectation, the Whole J.K. Rowling paying for part of the games is the reason that so much of it was Harry Potter related. It seems that economy is really taking a plunge.
Mr. Bean was just hillarious, best comic relief ever used on the openning ceremony of the olympic games.
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ralter Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I'm pretty sure the reaction in my house went sorta along these lines. "And here driving the boat with the Olympic torch is David..." Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh? "... Beckham" Awwwwwwww...
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ChristyKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I liked it up to the end of the NHS part. Then it just went down the toilet.
I enjoyed the indutrial Revolution the most.
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m0n0cr0me Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Looked em out of interest. Agree fisrt part was well made but the when atletes began to come into arena i got bored and went sleep.
good thing apparently because latter part seemed to be crap
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
My sister and I were discussing what we felt were hidden nods to the LotR throughout the whole of the ceremony. The pastoral scene was clearly Hobbiton (sorry, but once that thought took hold I was hellbent on finding hairy feet on the volunteers), the forging of the ring was THE ring, and the formation of the cauldron was the Eye. I'm so sorry, but we couldn't shake this at all... :ashamed:
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
It might look LotR because Tolkien's Middle Earth was inspired by the English countryside and the industry that tore it up.
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very true. Stupid Isengard... :shakefist:

Also, as it did not rain over the opening ceremony, I am not a few bucks richer. Boo. :(
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perditaxdream Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Which idiot though it was a good idea to have a massive ceremony in England with no roof? Mind you I suppose they could have just got on with it in the rain and complained a lot after as the Brits do.
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RivisIndigoEmporium Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, whoever they were, they're just insanely lucky. I would hate to have been part of that planning committee only to see things go haywire. :iconunimpressednodplz:
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Kenny-Gulley Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Loved the history section, Mr. Bean, James Bond... and the torch. Thats it.
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