Did you see it? If yes, then you'll completely understand what I'm about to say. If not, then hasten thee to an iTunes near you and download it.
Pageantry and precision are the two words I would use to describe the opening ceremony. Now, I'm not talking about the tiresome parade of countries/athletes, I'm talking about the show leading up to that.
I've always been disappointed in the production of the opening ceremonies in the past; they've focused on a few people engaged in some sort of activity while the bedecked masses around them swirl or dance or sway...stuff too tiny to be impactful.
This was not the case with the Beijing Opening Ceremony.
What I saw was stunning visuals, excellent execution, very strong precision, and big bold statements when there needed to be big bold statements. The finesse wasn't lost at all in the large impact of it. The costumes were gorgeous and detailed and the contribution of the individual was celebrated...but in a way that stressed the individual's importance in cooperative working to achieve a goal of this spectacular show.
Since I was in marching band and drum corps, I get the idea that you can't have 128 people all doing different things, no matter how lovely, and have any sort of impact. Well, in Beijing, each movement had 2008 people, all synchronized or otherwise very specifically hitting their set exactly when they needed to. It was blissful to this girl's bleary eyes.
The technology of the production was also stunning, and the creativity of it was astounding.
And so I say 'thank you, China", for getting this one right. You celebrated your cultural and state heritage in a mind-blowing way and did yourselves proud.