After the dry spell on TV during the holidays, I was raring to find out what networks and cable has to offer for the new year. While I did see some regular shows start their year like Resurrection, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Musketeers, Gotham, etc, I saw a new one on the list that I have not heard coming. Apparently, ABC wanted to ride the medieval bandwagon with their 4-week mini series Galavant. But unlike the medieval lot we see running these days, Galavant comes with a twist. It’s a comedy musical.
Galavant is a unique collaboration of Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, and Dan Fogelman. Imagine a musical Disney movie combined with The Princess Bride . . . brilliant. I actually thought I would be treated to a 10-show per season series only to be disappointed when I found out it will run for only 4 weeks.
Despite reading a description of the show before I started, I was pleasantly surprised at what I saw. It started with a song medley from the main characters recounting the premise. Galavant (Joshua Sasse) is about a medieval hero who must battle against King Richard (Timothy Osmundson) who stole his one true love Madalena (Mallory Jansen). Trust me . . . the story is not your typical dashing hero risking life and limb to save the love of his life. It’s a little more complicated (and funnier) than any medieval love story we have seen.
The song and dance number from Timothy Osmundson and Vinnie Jones as his henchman was a memorable scene in the pilot episode. While Joshua Sasse was not bad, Osmundson absolutely steals the show. He plays the idiotic King Richard perfectly. But I do find his henchman Gareth’s (Vinnie Jones) singing and dancing a lot more amusing.
Galavant did wake me up from the TV doldrums of the holidays. It is disappointing that it will be over after 4 shows. Then again, I’d rather have a remarkable mini series than a full tv series that slowly deteriorates until you barely care what happens in the end. Let’s keep this one short and sweet. It may not have a line we will remember like the ones from Iñigo Montoya, but maybe it will leave us with a song that stays in our head . . . hopefully something better than Let it Go.