Tweetable Takeaway: Galavant gives us monks and stoned wizards this week, but what it needs is a King Richard spinoff.
Airtime: Sunday at 8/7c on ABC
By: Bailee Grissom, Contributor
Our first song this week has the queen Alena singing to herself about herself in multiple mirrors. Her having that many mirrors in her room should indicate how much she admires herself, but in case you missed it, there’s a song about how awesome she is. While she was singing, I noticed how much pretty she looked when she wasn’t scowling and it’s appropriate that the only person who can make Alena smile is herself. The depths of her self-love are absurd and awe-worthy. I’m wondering how they’re going to satisfy my intense need for Alena to really, really get what’s coming to her in the end. GALAVANT is almost over and I need to see her get a pie in the face or something, at least.
Gal makes a passing comment about how no one storms a castle on a Wednesday because “it’s quite hard to rhyme with Wednesday.” These small indicators about how everyone in this universe is self-aware of their singing makes me laugh every time the writers mention it. It’s just so silly to think about people getting up in the morning with a purpose of singing, not doing something because it’s not going to make for a good song later.
Our heroes stop by a singing monastery this week to clean up and Sid pretty much imitated my face when ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic opened the door and started singing. If there was a show for ‘Weird’ Al right now, it would be Galavant and I was really happy to see him. He nervously keeps interrupting Isabella’s confession about her betrayal of Gal so she’ll shut up and he can get to the grand finale his fellow monks are performing in the background. These same monks were raking grass into a bucket (about as effectively as you would think), proving that they’re perhaps not the sharpest tools in the shed, but I loved them as much as I loved the pirates last week. More of the lovable, incompetent groups!
My very favorite song this week was between Chef and his hopeful love interest, Gwynne (Daisy from Downton Abbey being adorable!). She turns up her nose a bit at how dismal their serfdom life would be, but Chef – one of the recurring characters who brings consistent laughs – promises her that even though they’ll have lice and live in a hovel, they’ll have a shared misery, which is better than misery alone. The song was surprisingly dark and historically accurate. Chef sings that they’ll have twelve children while Gwynne quips that maybe one will survive. I’ll admit, the black humor surprised a laugh out of me and that dark undercurrent is one of the things this show does best.
We’ve finally reached the Valencia castle, Alena is plotting, Isabella’s secret is out and I’m not even interested in them getting together. The one part that the show is keeping in fairy tale character with is the love story between Isabella and Gal. It was cute in the beginning, but now, after they’ve turned so many tropes on their head, I’m not in love with them riding off into the sunset together. I’d be much more interested in seeing Isabella take some ownership, like she has the potential for, and ride off into her own sunset after saving her parents and kingdom, Gal be damned. Alas, it looks like it’s not to be.
One of the consistently strongest elements of the show is still strong this week – the relationship between Gareth and King Richard. Nothing has made me smile more than their bickering, their constant one up-manship, or their awful jokes. I’m glad that their odd couple element has been left in so much because I want to see them more on screen. I’m almost bored when Alena shows up to thwart them because I want to hear whatever has to come out of their mouths.
In the next episode, I’m actually pretty done with Alena. What started as a funny turn on the damsel in distress trope has turned her into a shrill harpy at this point. I found it amusing when she was self-centered in small bits, but now that she’s given more screen-time for her master plan, I’m finding her too much of a stereotype. She shares a song with Gal about how gorgeous they look together while he tries to tell her he loves her. Instead of power or the kingdom, she just wants to look good and we’ve definitely got enough of that stereotype in other shows. Give her a blood-thirsty appetite for the throne at least. Maybe I’m just ready for Game of Thrones to come back.
Ricky Gervais shows up this week as the stoner wizard Xanax, who’s oddly considerate when giving out weird ‘potions’ (“drink water, stay hydrated!”). The King seeks him out to learn what makes him the way he is, along with Chef, and they trip so hard they go through a magic door and to the King’s childhood after a mildly creepy song from Xanax. We get to see BABY GARETH which was delightful – what a tiny little thug! He pledges his loyalty to the embarrassing kid King after some heavy foreshadowing. I’m guessing the deux ex machina to end the series is going to be the older brother, but I’m ready for King Richard to take his own. He’s such an awful, terrible king and I really want him and Gareth to keep on being evil and funny together.
Unfortunately, Rutger Hauer guested up this episode and when he shows up, there’s generally ass-kicking involved. Maybe he’ll be charmed by the King too? I’m staying positive. There’s a boring song about love (again) from Gal & Isabella, which I’m glad their non-romance will be drawing to a close soon. I’m pleased with Gal’s hero’s quest, as I genuinely like him and want him to have his moment in ‘perfect hero lighting.’ I just hope the show does justice to Princess Isabella too.
Bailee Grissom hails from Mississippi, but currently resides in Brooklyn. She can usually be found on film sets in the art department, but she can be pulled away with cups of tea, video games, and occasionally, to write.