Because there is a heavy global influence through the IOC and even the Producers that they consult with. I believe we are in a new chapter of a more globalist illustration of the country during each cycle.
I second this. I was just thinking this.
IF IT GETS RID OF THE DUMB ALL WHITE FLOORS AND PROPS, THEN I'M HERE FOR IT!
I couldn't agree more. The lack of cohesion was a big negative for me this time around. We also saw that in PC and Rio.
Overall I think it was the best it could be given the circumstances. There is no doubt that it was grounded in and a reflection of the times. NBC's coverage make it hard to judge because they like to comment on things through a diluted American lens (not to mention the stupid commercial interruptions).
They shoulda put the athletes in the stands. They shoulda cut the speeches shorter. I woulda had Matsui light the cauldron. I wish there was a drumming segment. Not a fan of the Imagine segment. It was nice, but overdone in the sports world.
I think the lighting, cinematography, pyro were all good. The athlete fashion was great! The choreography in the beginning artistic segments was fantastic as well. I liked the Olympic Rings segement. It reminded me of a mix of Tin Symphony and Pandemonium (on a budget). The stairs coming out of the cauldron and it blossoming was very emotional.
The costumes were so-so. I understand the benefits of a straight run for the PON, but I like the traditional lap around the stadium.
I'd give it a 6/10.