I was at the rehearsal for the opening ceremonies yesterday. It was very, very good. I can see how some people might complain about the Canadian anthem rendition but really it wasn't bad at all.
There are some simply stunning moments throughout that you would just not expect or even think possible. The special effects were innovative and full of showmanship.
Not jaw-dropping in the Beijing way (I don't think anyone will ever be able to out-do the sheer opulance of that one), but it was jaw-dropping in its own way. It didn't try and compete with Beijing on those terms, which is good because if they did they would have failed.
Lots of very Canadian themes, but if you think they have been done in a stereotypical way, they have not by any means.
It should be very entertaining televised. It was designed to almost look better on TV.
For you Americans, part of the rehearsal was the parade of olympians (not the real ones). When the stand-in Americans came out the house went wild. We love you guys! Kinda felt sorry for the Uzbekistanians that came out after tho...
But I also have to say... GO CANADA GO!