TV Review: “Galavant” – Singing Out Loud

Written by Danielle Sing February 10, 2016

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I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never of medieval musical comedy that is “Galavant” or the fact that it’s already had a second season, so here is a quick introduction. Imagine that the ridiculous comedic situations of Monty Python had a child with a stoic, chivalrous knight, and that child learned to sing from a rejected Disney Prince. While the music is fantastic, the plot can be predictable at times, and this reflects on comedy. It’s the execution of “Galavant” that makes this show successful.

In the second season, King Richard (Timothy Omundson) finds himself kicked out of his Kingdom of Valencia by his wife, Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen) and his former henchman, Gareth (Vinnie Jones). King Richard aligns himself with our hero and his former enemy, Sir Galavant (Joshua Sasse), as he attempts to rescue Princess Isabella (Karen David) from her child cousin and fiancé, Prince Harry of Hortensia (Kemaal Deen-Ellis). Then Sid (Luke Youngblood), Galavant’s squire, finds himself caught in everyone’s mess. While their plot-lines are separate for most of the season, Richard and Galavant go on a long journey throughout the kingdoms where they meet giants, wedding planners, childhood friends, and even wander into the Enchanted Forest. Unfortunately for our hero, the only person who can save the day is the one true king to unite them all and it isn’t him.

“Men and women of the second season, attack!”

Even though I compared “Galavant” to the comedic stylings of Monty Python, I don’t think the comedy in “Galavant” is on par with Monty Python (but it owes a lot of debt to the group). It’s hard not to compare “Galavant” to Monty Python, specifically to “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” as they both have a medieval and quest-based theme, but “Galavant” uses over-the-top ridiculous situations that the characters constantly find themselves in like King Arthur and his knights. The most unique and successful part of the comedy in “Galavant” is that it is extremely self-aware and there are dozens of references to films, other television shows – like “Game of Thrones” – and books/folklore, like pulling a sword from a stone. Unfortunately, the plot is at times predictable and the characters are spread a little thin over multiple story lines that it does effect some of the comedy, but the execution and delivery of the humour is expertly done.

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The music within “Galavant” is superb, and you would expect nothing less than that with Alan Menken – 8 time Academy Award Winner for his work with Disney – and lyricist Glenn Slater leading the charge. Now, the music is not the uplifting ballads that Menken won awards for, but Slater’s lyrics are great and hilarious, and Menken’s music composing fits well into the light emotion of the show. Some stand out songs from this season are ‘Off With His Shirt’ sung by guest star Australian pop star Kylie Minogue, ‘I Don’t Like You’ sung by rivals Queen Madalena and Princess Isabella, and ‘Today We Rise’ a battle song sung by Sid and the people of Valencia.

“We are officially big pimpin’!”

Overall, the music is the highlight of “Galavant”. While the self-aware and ridiculous comedy is good and the jokes are successful, the predictable and thin plot does harm the comedy a bit. That being said, the execution of this show is outstanding. Though the show is not widely known, it secures amazing guest stars – like Nick Frost, Weird Al Yankovic, and Robert Lindsay – and has an excellent team that creates all of the music. Even if you aren’t a fan of musicals, I strongly recommend you watch this show for a good laugh. Plus, the seasons are short and episodes are 22 minutes long; you can binge both seasons in less than 7 hours.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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