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“Was Galavant everything you had ever hoped for and imagined?”
Yep. Pretty much!
Since the first two episodes aired back-to-back Sunday night, I’ve had about a million people ask me what I thought– and yes. Yes, I LOVED Galavant, and at the end of the second episode, it seriously had not felt like an hour had gone by. I wanted more. It was good, silly fun, I was never once bored, and I wanted more. It was exactly what my musical theatre nerd heart had been craving.
The first of four nights of ABC’s comedy extravaganza moved fast. Between the first two episodes, we watched Galavant’s (Joshua Sasse) relationship get torn apart when King Richard (Timothy Omundson) kidnaps Madalena (Mallory Jansen) for himself, we see Galavant fight his way into the castle to save his true love– or so he thinks– on her wedding day, and then we see her turn him down for Richard’s fame and money. The story then cuts to a year later, and Galavant has, more or less, let himself go. Meanwhile, King Richard and Queen Madalena’s relationship is even rockier than ever. Still desperately wanting Madalena to love him, and stop talking about Galavant, Richard comes up with a dastardly scheme to try and win her love. Insert the delightfully talented Karen David as Princess Isabella Lucia Maria Elizabetta of Valencia.
Without giving away too much, just know that Princess Isabella of Valencia is definitely working for King Richard and is an essential part of his evil plan. They make no attempt at keeping that secret– it’s all part of the hilarity. Isabella manages to talk Galavant into becoming the hero that he once was so that he can return to the kingdom to ‘save’ Madalena from the evil King Richard– remember, it’s all part of the plan. This makes room for a hilariously epic training montage that actually acknowledges that it’s a training montage set to a song called “Stand Up” sung by Sebastian Bach, which includes the lyrics:
‘There comes a time in every tale,
when the hero must prevail.
Gonna be an epic fail,
unless you show some pluck!
Once the training sequence starts,
you gotta grow some manly parts.
I’m talkin’ big ones off the charts,
or else the plot will suck!’
After Galavant gets back into some shape, he and his squire, Sid (Luke Youngblood), and Isabella all set out on their journey back to the kingdom. Along the way, in order to gain some funds for their travels, they sign Galavant up for a jousting competition against the ‘Yo mama’ joke loving Sir Jean Hamm, played perfectly by John Stamos (Full House, ER, Glee). So a lot happens in the first hour of Galavant, and maybe that’s my only complaint about the show– there’s just not enough time! When the show only has 4 hours to fit all of the action and comedy into it, I can’t complain.
As I said before, the Alan Menken (Beauty & The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors, Tangled) / Glenn Slater (Tangled, Love
Never Dies) songs are incredibly catchy, funny, and sometimes even heartfelt in a twisted sort of way. Joshua Sasse (Rogue, The Neighbors) plays conceited and self-obsessed almost too well– and in the words of Isabella, ‘daaaamn‘.
Where has Sasse been all of our lives?? He’s gorgeous, he can sing, and he’s funny! In fact, the entire cast is made up of beautiful, beautiful people who have comedic timing like nobody’s business. Where did they all come from???
I can’t compliment Luke Youngblood (Community, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Karen David (Pixelface, Batman Begins, Couples Retreat) enough on their comedic timing. They could steal aaall the scenes with their perfectly timed quips.
Vinnie Jones (Snatch, Psych, Arrow) sings! And dances! That makes Galavant worth watching all by itself. Darren Evans (My Mad Fat Diary, The Fifth Estate, Being Human) plays Chef– just, simply Chef, and he is adorable and hilarious, and his facial expressions are priceless! So many thoughts and feelings are conveyed with his expressions, alone, whenever he is dealing with the king and so on.
Mallory Jansen (Baby Daddy, Young & Hungry) plays evil well– and it is an evil to be reckoned with. Imagine Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones. Now, imagine Cersei Lannister getting tossed into a musical and her scene partner is a tall Lord Farquaad of Shrek. She’d be totally and utterly pissed, and she would have none of it. Just like Madalena is having none of Richard’s attempts at wooing her, even a year after she chooses to marry him over Galavant, and ouch, do her words sting!
I, of course, can’t wait to see more from all of these wonderfully silly characters, but the one person that I want to see even more from is Timothy Omundson (Psych, Jericho, Supernatural) as King Richard. While everyone else is at a perfect 10, based off the first two episodes, Omundson soars above the rest at an 11. He is that good. Whenever King Richard is in a scene, Omundson takes full control and commands the screen LIKE. A. BOSS. Albeit hammy and ridiculous, his characterization of King Richard just makes the character larger than life. That, along with his booming voice, and his epic beard (#AllAboutDatBeardNoStubble) that any character on Game of Thrones would be envious of, Omundson steals the show, and in my opinion, is the most quotable, thus far, thanks to his talented delivery.
The story isn’t perfect. But it’s good fun. Galavant is a mixture of Robin Hood: Men In Tights, Monty Python And The Holy Grail, A Knight’s Tale, The Princess Bride, and about half of the Disney movies you know by heart because you’ve seen them a million times. It had musical numbers, dirty jokes, bleeped out cursing, shirtless Joshua Sasse, the insanely talented Timothy Omundson, sword fighting, jousting, and a training montage! it even paid homage to Game of Thrones by giving you an idea of how close Valencia actually is to Winterfell. Not to mention, if you watch closely during the scene, I’m fairly certain that Galavant and Jean Hamm were jousting for the Lannisters.
You could watch Galavant with your four year old cousins, your nerdy friends, or with your eighty year old grandmas, it really does have something for everyone. So I hope that if you aren’t watching it already, this will encourage you to go forth and watch the first two episodes before next Sunday! And by next Sunday, I hope that you will want to tune in and catch the next installment of this zany, new show.
We don’t have too much further to go, so I can say this, it’s a fun show that I hope will return for more, even after the first season has already come and gone. And if your complaint is that it’s too cheesy– you probably didn’t understand ‘Agony’ from Into The Woods either. Galavant is pure satire.
If it doesn’t make you feel good, laugh, or at least smile once, you should probably go get yourself checked out. No, seriously. You should probably consult a doctor.