Ok, I may be a bit tardy to the party but thanks to the magic of DVR I’ve just managed to catch up on the 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony. I don’t tend to get too excited about the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Sure it’s cool that the host country gets a chance to display their culture to the world, and I’m sure it’s awesome for the individual athletes when they get to walk out with their fellow countrymen/women for all to see, but for the most part it just doesn’t do it for me. The ceremony in PyeongChang was no different, at least not at first. Some kids running around stage with a giant tiger and a dragon? Not feeling it. North and South Korean athletes walking out together under one flag? A North Korean athlete and a South Korean athlete carrying the Olympic torch together? Yawn. Gangnam Style playing during the Parade of Nations? Ok, I can get on board with that. That song is fire and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise. But even that wasn’t enough to get me on Team Opening Ceremony. I was starting to question why I even bothered wasting two hours watching the event on DVR, but then they sent in the drones and everything changed.
Holy shit that was incredible. If you didn’t catch it then I suggest you checkout the YouTube video above. At first it just looks like a cluster of lights moving towards the ski slope, but as soon as they start forming into the shape of a snowboarder…I was practically up out of my seat. After some fireworks and pyrotechnics the drones closed it out by forming the Olympic rings in midair. That was easily one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. In need more drone light displays in my life, immediately. It honestly blows my mind that they’re able to do something like that with drones. I realize that it’s all controlled by computers, but I still can’t fathom how the drones can be perfectly synced up like that without running into each other. Then again, I have a hard time wrapping my head around how marching bands don’t run into each other when they’re crossing in front of each other in a formation, so it doesn’t take much to get my mind twisted into a pretzel.
The display, which consisted of more than 1200 Intel “Shooting Star” drones, set a Guinness world record for most drones flown at one time. A lot of haters out there are saying that the drone display that was shown on NBC’s broadcast of the Opening Ceremony Friday night was actually a recording from back in December. That doesn’t make it any less impressive and I wish you wouldn’t push your anti-drone agenda on me. I’m not sure there’s anything drones can’t be used for in this day and age, so we might as well embrace them. Hell I wouldn’t be surprised if we see drones delivering fast food to us in the next few years (mostly because I’m really craving Taco Bell right now but I don’t feel like getting off the couch). The only thing that would have impressed me more with the Opening Ceremony performance would have been if they recreated the entire Gangnam Style music video, but I suppose there’s always the Closing Ceremony. The ball’s in your court, Korea. Do the right thing.