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I hesitate to do a full recap of this installment of Galavant— Why, you ask? Because the creators and the ABC Network left us with a hell of a lot of cliffhangers! And if I even began to explain to you all of the goings on in the last hour of the first season of Galavant, there would be incredible spoilery abound!
Also before I delve too much further into my enthusiastic and confused thoughts, I want to remind you all who have been watching along, Galavant was always intended to be a series. This “4 Week Comedy Extravaganza” nonsense confused us all from the get-go. Even I was not certain of what to call the new show, when I first started spreading the word of it’s glorious-ness. It wasn’t until I read a tweet from Karen David, on January 9th, that I had any sort of confirmation.
While the time-slot on Sunday evenings, during Prime-Time, might have seemed like a stellar home for a musical comedy fairy tale, ABC put up the brand new series against big awards shows on other networks. Awards season was not an ideal time to try and kick off a show that would, statistically, already be hindered due to the fact that it’s a musical. According to ratings, Galavant had a pretty good start with it’s premiere… and then dipped in the following weeks, when it was shown during the same time slot as The Golden Globes, the AFC Championship Game, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
No television series should have to hold it’s own against big televised events such as those– especially a brand new, musical comedy fairytale! However, I think that Galavant held it’s own and absolutely deserves a round two. And according to this article from Deadline, the season finale episode of Galavant was up in ratings, in addition to having favorable reception from critics. The article also goes on to say that a second season for Galavant is a solid possibility.
So. What did you think of the finale of the “4 Week Comedy Extravaganza”?
Spoiler-Heavy recaps and thoughts after the jump!
“My Cousin Izzy” starts us off with a flashback to thirty years earlier, in a scene between a young Galavant (Harry Collett) and his dad who is played by a fandom familiar, Anthony Head (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters). As a side note, For those of you who were excited to see Anthony Head singing, and had no idea that he could until now– you should check out Repo! The Genetic Opera. But I will warn you, it’s not for the faint of heart, and there’s a lot more gore! But a fun movie, nonetheless. Anyway, back to little Galavant— during the flashback, his dad tells him that a hero never cries and that he can’t cloud his thoughts or his feelings because he needs to be ready for when his “hero moment” comes. Oh. And also to never get married! The small scene is important the the entire season, really, because it gives us a little, pretty bow to put on top of the package that is Galavant, It gives us the reason why Galavant is who he is, today. It provides insight as to why he wishes to be a heroic knight, and why he thinks and works the way that he does.
At this time, Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen) also takes the opportunity to announce that Kingsley is her future husband. This, of course, causes Richard and Kingsley to argue, and it ends in an agreement that they will both fight to the death in a duel– then there’s an aside where Richard breaks the fourth wall, and explains that they, as royals, will now both pick a Champion to fight for them in their stead. But before Richard can name Gareth (Vinnie Jones) as his Champion, Kingsley does, leaving Richard dumbfounded. Eventually, Galavant speaks up to say that he will fight for Richard–on the condition that if he wins, Richard has to let his friends go. Richard agrees to it, and just as Gal starts to burst into his song, his hero moment is interrupted, yet again, and this time by Kingsley, who found it incredibly annoying.
This allows Gwynne (Sophie McShera) to share her plot to kill the royals with Chef–who happens to have an actual name– Vincenzo (Darren Evans). Gwynne’s plot consists of a poisoned feast for everyone, and it actually gives us quite a bit more insight on her character, and man, does she have a dark side! We get to see another song performed by Darren Evans and Sophie McShera and they are still just as ridiculously adorable as ever, even if they are singing about murdering everyone in the kingdom with arsenic and cyanide in the catchy tune, “A Happy Ending For Us”.
parents (Stanley Townsend and Genevieve Allenbury) manage to break out of the dungeon in a fun scene that finally gives us more airtime with the ever so handsome Ben Presley! Long story short, the Chef can’t carry through with killing the Royals, and instead, only cooks everything the specific guests (that he has been cooking for his whole life) are allergic to into the meals. Just as everyone begins to have an allergic reaction, Sid and the gang burst into the room and toss a sword to Galavant. He finally gets his hero moment—aaaand uses it to save Isabella from eating crab–which she is allergic to.
running? And was Gareth part of the plan all along? UGH.
Our season ends right there
with questions everywhere.
Like, will the princess waste her whole life waiting?
Will Gareth and the Queen
rule the entire scene?
Will all this singing kill our Nielsen ratings?
Sid, the peasants, the entire crew
will they be back for season two?
But if there are more shows,
then off our hero goes,
and so the legend grows–
the legend known as Galavant!
Yes, our beautiful, wonderful, talented creators even left us in song! In comedy, musical, fairytale extravagance! But will there be a season two? Dear God, I know I hope so! Because if there isn’t, my heart will be crushed! I truly hope you enjoyed Galavant as much as I did, and if you did– if you want to see a season two as much as I do, please watch it! Gently encourage your friends to watch it too! Watch it on demand, watch it on ABC.GO.Com, watch it on Hulu. Buy it on Amazon and iTunes and show those that are watching and paying attention to ratings that this show is something special, and one of a kind.
If Galavant made you smile with it’s amusing musical numbers, check it out on iTunes, and Amazon.com and purchase the soundtrack. The Digital copy is available to download now, and the CD will be available in stores February 17th. If you already have the soundtrack, or if you’ve had a look at it, and your favorite song isn’t there, look for it soon! A few days ago, Glenn Slater tweeted a reply to a fan that stated, ‘We have it on fairly good authority there WILL be a “#Galavant Vol 2” with the other songs.’ So when volume two is released, you can support Galavant that way too! And hopefully get those other songs that you’ve been missing!
So before I sail off into the sunset with Galavant and Richard, I leave you with this:
In my effort to support Galavant, a Galavant season two, and the #RenewGalavant initiative, I want to do a giveaway. I saw someone else have this brilliant idea– and I wanted to do my part! If you would like to be entered for a chance to win a digital copy of Galavant (Original Soundtrack), here is what you must do…
1. Comment on this post and tell me what your favorite moment in Galavant was!
2. Follow me on Twitter @Fronkensteen
3. Follow @FancasticTV on Twitter.
The deadline for said giveaway will be Friday, February 13th at 11:59PM CENTRAL time. I will randomly draw a name on Saturday, February 14th, and notify the winner via Direct Message on Twitter that they will have a date for Valentine’s Day with the Galavant (Original Soundtrack). The Fine Print: I mean.. if you have another Valentine that you’ll be spending that day with, you know, just share the music. Maybe you can convince them to watch the show with you if they haven’t already.