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Galavant recap: Aw, Hell, the King / Bewitched, Bothered, and Belittled

The royals get royally screwed while Galavant quests onward

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Joshua Sasse, Timothy Omundson, Vinnie Jones
Comedy, musical

Three episodes in, and I’m starting to think they should change the title of the show from Galavant to (King) Richard — and to be honest, I wouldn’t be mad about it at all. Timothy Omundson has charmed the pants off the entire songbook, and it seems the quest is now his, especially since all Galavant can do by way of an army is recruit Roberta, a Jessica Chastain lookalike and childhood friend of Richard’s. Meanwhile back at the castle, poor Gareth (who has also come into his own as a character with a gruff, clueless humor driven by some award-winning facial expressions) is feeling guilty for taking over, and is on ice Queen Madalena’s last nerve. Isabella’s parents have hired a (secretly evil) wedding planner to take control of her big day — and apparently her mind, as well.

Best Song: “Build a New Tomorrow”

What’s that? You hear echoes of Mel Brooks’ classic History of the World: Part 1? Me too! With a townspeople just gushing on and on about how wonderful democracy is but not the inclusive kind, of course, I can’t help but think of HOTW’s deliciously devious jazz hands showstopper, “The Inquisition.”

Let’s Get Lyrical:

“Every person counts the same

Except of course the lame and the lepers

And the gingers and the witches and the heathens

And the bastards and the gypsies and the commies and the hippies…”

“Just the ones who look like me, 

It’s called democracy”

Employee of the Week: Mr. Wormwood (Robert Lindsay), the evil wedding planner

MVP: King Richard (If he keeps this up, we’ll never have another MVP. He’s that good.)

Quest Love:

“Though I can’t imagine free people ever voting to send an army into an open-ended foreign conflict which profits only the few. That would be madness.” —Peasant John (Special shout out to Matt Lucas for killing it in this role.)

“Then I’d plant some eggs, then a couple pigs, then a yummy chocolate cake. No, that’s not right; besides, any moron can plant a cake.” -King Richard

“And that biological sundial of yours continues to grow long.” —Isabella’s mother

Apparently if a queen doesn’t get her beauty sleep, she gets a wrinkle. Rough life, Madalena.

There’s that glowing sword again. How is no one seeing this? I get that King Richard is daft, but it’s glowing.

“From now on, for clarity’s sake, we’ll call it the wedding plan, the evil plot, and the color scheme. “ —Mr. Wormwood

“SO they prefer to decide their fate by majority opinion rather than being ruled by me whose right to kingship was passed down from ancestors said to be a god and a mermaid. Fools.” —King Richard

Weekly self-referential jab: The town meeting where all of the townspeople call Galavant out for going on exactly the same quest that started last season — but with a different love of his life to save.

“Not because I was a tyrant and a terrible leader who hosted baby fights, which I now realize is weird and not that entertaining even after the addition of the cobra.” —King Richard

NEXT: Love is in the air…