And now it’s time for something a little different.
Galavant is a dashing knight of the kingdom and falls for the fair maiden, Madalena. Unfortunately, he is not the only eye that she’s caught. King Richard abducts her with all the intents and purposes to woe her at his castle and marry her. Depressed and downtrodden, Galavant drinks himself stupid until a Princess Isabella comes to him for help, hearing of his adventures. After her tale of saying that she also has been scorned by the king (her kingdom being conquered and her parents being captured), Galavant agrees to journey to the castle for the chance to reclaim his Ever After.
Along the way, Galavant and Isabella’s relationship develops past salty and into more of a romance and turns out Madalena could care less about love and agreed to marry the king with the intentions of kill him later. King Richard is surprisingly a weak-willed, which leads to much hilarity. There’s a ton of twists and turns towards the very in and it totally was left open for a sequel.
Doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? Well. Add musical segments to it and you have a medieval musical comedy. It’s like if The Princess Bride and Robin Hood: Men in Tights had a baby.
The music is done by none other than Alan Menken, the man that was behind most of the Disney music from the Renaissance period. With that in mind, the songs are light, bouncy and catchy and just what you’d expect from someone who writes and scores for animation, though you check out those lyrics and you end up laughing. A lot. Not that his Disney ones hadn’t been funny, just, Galavant is more on the lewd side, and it’s slightly jarring at times, but also makes it that much funnier.
The series is minorly self aware of its happenings and it has a dash of modern humor that clicks with the overall atmosphere. Everything is hammy and over the top. Snarky and tongue-in-cheek. Guest stars like Ricky Gervais and Weird Al Yankovic run amok.
I’ve never seen a television show like this before and it certainly was a lot of fun. I think it served well as a mini series of eight episodes (two 30-minute episodes a night), any longer run I think it would have gotten a little old. However, I do anticipate a second season as that ending was totally left off to be so! If some other kind of musical television event were to happen again, I wouldn’t mind it.
If you like musicals or comedies with an addition of medieval to the prior two, and fancy getting songs stuck in your head, definitely give it a watch on whatever streaming you can find.