Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What I’m Watching: Galavant (Season Finale)

Galavant: Season 1, Episodes 7 and 8 “My Cousin Izzy” and “It’s All in the Executions” (C+)

It’s not often that shows address the end of their seasons directly in song. I’m not sure that these episodes were any worse than the six that came before them, but I did get the sense that they were emphasizing ridiculousness rather than actually getting anywhere. This has been an interesting and unique experience, if nothing else, and I still have “Come back for our next show” permanently stuck in my head. The story didn’t go where I expected, certainly, which I guess says something, and that does make it creative at the very least. Madalena is the opposite of what a princess would usually be, and she’s turned out to be infinitely more manipulative than before. Killing the king’s brother after getting both Galvant and Richard to leave was shrewd, and now she and Gareth will be able to rule the kingdom with just as much fervor as Richard but perhaps a bit more intelligently. Galavant kissing Isabella was a long time coming, though now they’re separated, and, puzzlingly, she’s imprisoned in a weird small house built by her tiny cousin. The music on this show was what made it most fun, and I also think that the cast, particularly Joshua Sasse (Galavant), Karen David (Isabella), and Timothy Omundson (Richard), were terrific. I’m not sure that this needs to come back for a second season and I certainly wouldn’t miss it, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this wacky, odd medieval musical comedy either. I don’t think its chances look good, but who knows?

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Timothy Omundson

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