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Olympics Closing Ceremony

What on earth was that tightrope walker setting fire via handshake to a business-suited effigy about?

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owlfish
Aug. 13th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
I was just reading that NBC cut about 50 minutes out of their airing of the closing ceremonies, including several of the songs and the phoenix ballet number toward the end.

But at least you had the Floyd album tribute explained! (And probably other things too).

I loved the octopus - good use of space - whatever it was meant to symbolize!
zcat_abroad
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Perhaps the octopus was a James Bond reference? Octopussy is one of the films where the villain was a woman, and there were lots of images of women in skimpy outfits - early 80s style...
cursor_mundi
Aug. 14th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
But the octopus was there for aaaages, and if there was Bond music, NBC cut it along with The Who and I guess a phoenix ballet performance (which would have explained or justified the giant hovering phoenix at the end of it all...) , and goodness knows what else. So I think it's just that GB has their tentacles in a number of different directions, y'know? Or that the Union is many arms and one head, etc etc., God save the Queen!

NBC has a lot to answer for in their broadcast choices. Apparently there was an additional satellite or cable channel (or more!), with whole events (gasp!), but I didn't have access much of the time, and certainly not at home; also, no opportunity to check the streaming. And the fact that NBC tried to excuse their cuts and interruptions by claiming they'd tweeted about it just cheesed me off! Great, EmoPeacock Network, glad you told the people who weren't actually watching the telly (but not the people watching!) what you were planning.