“Our epic tale must end, unless it comes again. Let’s cross our fingers for a season 3!” (sung to the 'Galavant' theme)
“The plot is gaining steam, so back to this old theme, here’s what’s been happening on Galavant.” Wow, I missed this theme song. Who knew the only recycled thing this season would be the theme song? Bringing their own humorous twist to the shock of a renewal, the Galavant writers, lyricists, and composers crafted a second season full of snark, catchy tunes, and laugh-out-loud moments. And while everyone was obsessing over Grease: Live tonight, they missed a bang-up musical comedy finale worthy of the space between a Mel Brooks film and a Broadway stage. Timothy Omundson, in particular, deserves a standing ovation for his portrayal of a very very very funny man trying to find himself — who also happens to be a damn good singer and, given his plotlines this season, a damn good sport.
As the Jester steps up to give us a musical synopsis of the season — “So much to dump upon your doormat, in our half-hour sitcom format…. There’s plot holes we must fill, and though I doubt we will, I know we’re gonna try on Galavant” — the camera pans over a wasteland. From high in the medieval luxury skybox (they are royalty after all), we see three armies about to go to war. But first, a moment of levity with Chef and Gwynne! Madalena is having second thoughts, but as Wormwood sees someone carrying the sword of The One True King, he teaches her to Do the D’Dew and she goes full villainess. Meanwhile, Isabella and Gal, Richard and Gareth all reconnect on the battlefield and lock themselves up in the Hortensian palace courtyard. With the zombies/White Walkers storming the gates, Madalena strolls in to offer her love Gareth one last chance to escape before using D’Dew to sic the undead on the lot of them. “Looks like we’re all together again. How lovely. Our story lines have been far too separated,” she says, with the appropriate lip-curl of Galavant-ian self-deprecation. I’m sure we were all shocked to see the good guys continue to be good and the bad lady continue to be bad — and that it ended on a cliffhanger.
Best Song: “A Good Day to Die”
I couldn’t hear all the lyrics to the first iteration of this jaunty battle ditty, but the ones I caught were pretty funny as Sid, Galavant, and Isabella lead their respective troops into war. The reprise was the best part.
Let’s Get Lyrical:
“It’s a good day to die.
Oh please, this isn’t Game of Thrones,
We’re not going to die.
Let’s end this song and grow some stones.”
“Or will we leave all our viewers with pain and anger,
Just like we left them last year?
Could we just stop once again on a huge cliffhanger?”
FADES TO BLACK
Employee of the Week: Jester (Although he’s not new, he does get a full song, and he’s quite funny. Probably because he’s the Jester.)
“The recap song’s over; it’s time for war.” —Gareth
“Okay now’s your chance to be the dragon I know you can be. Breathe FIRE… Okay, I’ll check in with you later.” —Richard
Richard: Why do we need these? Are we not doing our own stunts?
Galavant: Of course we are! This is to prolong the dramatic reveal.
“Oh, God, it’s Galavant, with a weirdly large beard.” —Madalena
Chef: Here’s some potatoes for you babe
Gwynne: These have bugs. Yay! Extra protein.
“We were supposed to go ziplining. Who doesn’t like ziplining?” —Gareth
“Losers vacation. Closers use magic.” —Wormwood
Feeling warm fuzzies while watching the battlefield slap scene go down — lots of happy memories of How I Met Your Mother’s Slapsgiving.
Isabella: Still sort of yeasty!
Galavant: And a little bit musty, but we have a lifetime to work on it.
“Oh my God! I can do magic! Big day.” —Madalena
Wormwood and Madalena doing the Titanic pose as he teaches her how to perform evil D’Dew magic is the perfect response to all of the Leo/Kate love we’ve seen this awards season.
NEXT: Let’s say goodbye to Galavant