Twenty seven seconds in to “Giants vs. Dwarves,” and the self-referential mockery is in full force, when Richard jauntily delivers the lead-in to this week’s episode, and Galavant says, “Yes, we discussed it last night in great detail; there’s no need for your clunky exposition.” We, the audience, not being privy to “last night,” did in fact need the exposition. Although it was a bit heavy-handed in season 1, the self-deprecation has become truly funny, and it’s impressive how they’ve made usually tired themes feel so fresh. Of course Gareth is going to fall for Madalena, but — surprise! — it turns out she’s falling for him as well. Of course Isabella is going to get the tiara knocked off her head but — surprise — it happens in the middle of a Rocky Horror meets Billy Idol rock number. (I liked “Different Kind of Princess,” even though it came out of nowhere.) And, of course Galavant and Richard are going to fight and make up but — surprise — everybody learns how to get along because Giants and Dwarves are the same size. Different tropes for different folks, I suppose; but all of the plots are really working for me.
Best Song: “Giants vs. Dwarves”
I was all prepared to crown “Different Kind of Princess” our song of the week, when Team Galavant busted out this feel-good-while-doing-bad gem. Who can resist a West Side Story homage, replete with snaps, whistling, and a great dance number? A special shout out to the choreographer on this one.
Let’s Get Lyrical:
“Let’s mess a whole bunch of dwarves up.
Stomp on their twee little tops.
Laugh at their wee little biceps,
and itsy bitsy you-know-whats.”
“Listen, people, there’s no need to fight.
Holy freakin’ cow, you’re the same damn height.”
Employee of the Week: Princess “wake up and smell my unshaved armpit” Jubilee (Sheridan Smith)
MVP: Roberta and her “come on, guys” quips
“The perfect pair. A dragon that isn’t a dragon. And a king that isn’t a king.” —Galavant
Feeling some serious Hagrid winning a dragon egg from a stranger vibes when Richard reveals he traded the jewel for a dragon (a lizard).
The Giants camera angle shtick was a clever sight gag — and presumably a way to keep the CGI budget dwarf-sized.
“Of course we are Giants. Just very short Giants, that’s all.” —Giant
“We are too, we’re just very tall Dwarves.” —Dwarf
“There’s something different about you lately. You only punched a couple of people today and I feel like you took a bath. What’s going on?” —Sid to Gareth
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Galavant: I’m sorry. I’ve been using so many horrible words to describe you that I’ve forgotten the one that describes you best.
The cheery reprise of Richard’s lizard tune at the end of the episode sounds like an ’80s sitcom theme song.
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