In a little less than a month, the Winter Olympics will be back on our televisions. Considering that NBC has been going strong recently with shows such as ‘This is Us’, ‘The Blacklist’, and ‘The Voice’ I was shocked to discover they renewed the Winter Olympics for another season.
The last one was four years ago. It was a good season, but hardly good compared to previous seasons. The Russian doping scandal was pretty wild, but we didn’t get that story until the after show. If it were included during the season it might have made the series worthwhile.
The figure skating judges were good villains, but not entirely strong. Viewers got very little insight on their motivations and the execution of their evil plans were quite weak. The stray dogs of Russia subplot was a horrible idea. Every country has stray dogs. The writers should have picked the sable. They are cute weasel-like animals found only in Russia. I assume that the Winter Olympics used the same writers of Saturday Night Live that season.
Big Air Snowboarding will make its debut the new season, along with Mixed Doubles Curling, which is the most boring, but hypnotizing game the world has ever known, outside of hopscotch. Mike Tirico will be hosting the NBC coverage this time around.
This new season has promise. While the previous season had boring storylines and horrible character development I do understand why NBC might have felt the need to renew the Winter Olympics for another season. It helps the average American with geography. It’s a good reminder that other countries exist besides our own. (Where exactly is Latvia?) For that reason alone I will watch the 2018 Olympics.
In these next few weeks prepare to support your country. Go to your local Dollar General parking lot or Walmart clearance section to buy some cool patriotic attire. Set your DVRs to record 80 percent of the Olympics you will miss because you like to sleep at night.
2018 Winter Olympics, your chance to capture our attention is arriving. Don’t disappoint.