I once had a teacher who was utterly bewildered by musicals. “Why are they singing their lines,” she said, “If they can just say them instead?” She was practically insulted by the suggestion that we watch a musical film on the last day of school, with nothing to do. But it brings up a point that I still don’t quite have the answer to: why do we love musicals?
Personally, I believe that putting lines to music lends a level of emotion that you can’t always sense when you’re simply speaking them. I know, I know, there’s such a thing as “acting” and everything, but if you think about, music and words have long connected with us since they were first uttered. It’s instinctual. And since musicals have been around, they’ve also opened the doors to new ways to tell stories that excite us, sadden us, or enlighten us.
Which brings me to “Galavant.” “Galavant” is one of the most foolish, stupid-appearing musical TV shows I’ve ever seen. It’s a musical comedy to boot, which is a risky venture for any television network.
And I frickin’ love it.
What’s the Scoop?
“Galavant” is about the titular character, a typical, dashing knight that you often see in fairytales, who goes off to rescue his true love, Madalena, after being kidnapped by the nefarious King Richard. But as he storms in to stop the wedding, Madalena changes her mind: she chooses King Richard over Galavant and the poor knight is left to mourn.
Fast forward some time, and Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elizabetta of the Kingdom of Valencia comes seeking Galavant for help. She wants him to help drive King Richard and his forces from her kingdom, and Galavant answers the call, as it means that he might be able to win Madalena back. And thus, shenanigans ensue!
“This Show Sounds Dumb.”
You may think it does, but you are sorely mistaken! It’s one of those shows you didn’t realize was missing from your life until you stumbled across it. First off, rest assured that this isn’t a big commitment of your time. Each episode is short, and season one was only 8 episodes long.
Secondly, the comedy is on point. The creators (in fact, the same folks who brought you the music for Disney’s “Tangled”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Pocahontas” and more) understand that this show is not meant to be taken too seriously, and the actors themselves are clearly enjoying their roles. Every single musical number is littered with comedic moments and funny subtext, crossing overacting with modern quips and euphemisms. It’s got the campiness to amuse the kids, and the underlying adult humor to keep parents chuckling into their popcorn. Just take a look at their song titles:
- “Maybe You’re Not the Worst Thing Ever”
- “Jackass in a Can”
- “Hey Hey We’re the Monks”
- “Oy! What a Knight”
It’s a show you can get drunk to. It’s got songs you can belt with your friends during karaoke night, and enough diversity in characters and archetypes to satisfy your inner storyteller.
If you love Monty Python films, “Glee”, “The Book of Mormon”, and Mel Brooks comedies, then you’ll definitely get a kick out of “Galavant.” It creates its own path while also honoring the campy, lovable musicals that came before it.
NOTE: There is one thing I recommend, and that’s watching it with subtitles on. Some of the funniest lines in the whole show are expressed in song or spoken quickly, and you won’t want to miss any of it!
Suck It Cancellation Bear
The above title refers to how it was once predicted that this show wouldn’t last its first season. But lo and behold, viewers responded positively to the medieval, musical romp, and the creators were given the green light for season two. In honor of that renewal, they named the first episode of season two, “A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear” and it’s well deserved.
If you’re interest has been piqued, there’s still a chance for you to watch the first season. From now until January, the entire first season is FREE to download from iTunes. I’m not kidding: the entire season! So stop reading this, and start watching! Then tune in January when season 2 starts, and join us on this crazy, yodeling adventure, the likes of which have not been seen on TV in a long time. And for those who are as excited as I am for season two, I leave you with a preview!