So everything on this week’s Galavant is making way for next week’s big finale. There are lots of characters and pieces to get set up and they did a damn good job getting everyone where they needed to be.
Following last week’s apparent death of our hero, the first thing to set up this week was how Galavant was going to survive. This leads to a really funny song, “Time is of the Essence,” and a very familiar situation to fans of fantasy comedy. A necromancer/miracle worker who says that being “mostly dead” isn’t a thing? Great little nod to The Princess Bride that is just subtle enough that many probably won’t even catch it. We also got another appearance from the virgin-loving unicorn. This season’s unicorn gag might be one of my favorite dumb jokes of recent years. Oh, and of course the cure to Galavant’s demise would need the beard hair of a virgin. Oh Richard, you poor dummy.
Galavant has to fight off death in a dream sequence with the song “Goodbye,” both letting Galavant know about the misunderstanding with Isabella as well as refocusing Gal’s goals. A nice way to remind us just what he’s fighting for.
On the other side of our story the romance between Gareth and Madalena continues to bloom. Madalena accidentally tells Gareth she loves him which sets him off into a love song accompanied by sing-along words at the bottom of the screen and cartoon birds. Who would’ve thought Vinnie Jones would be a good choice for musical comedy? I certainly didn’t, but he has been great this year. Seeing Madalena freak out about Gareth on one knee was a delight as well. It was really cute seeing them express their feelings through their orders to the troops.
I still can’t figure out where the evil Wedding Planner fits into this whole story. He has some funny lines here and there but still seems superfluous when we have so many characters to follow already. Though his presence does lead to one of my favorite meta jokes of the season. Accidentally sending “save the dates” for the war, stating for everyone to save the date for next Sunday at eight eastern time and set your DVRs. The confusion from Isabella’s family is just perfect.
It was a relief to see Isabella back to her strong self again. I hated, hated, hated the weak/entranced path her story took this season and it was nice to see her back in an authoritative position. Having her lead an army is a good choice too, as we will see most of the gang with important roles to play in the coming war.
We also finally got the face off between Madalena and Isabella that, as Gareth points out, we’ve been waiting two seasons to finally see. Having a great sing off/duet, it was a high point for both women this season. It also makes me want to see more team-up duets from our crew. This also led to Madalena taking the ridiculously named D’dew, the dark, dark evil way. So it looks like we’re going full on magic for the finale. It will be interesting to see how they do that exactly as so far all magical elements to the show have been more tell than show.
Richard and Roberta’s arc this week worked much better than it has been. I finally felt like she showed some personality and I loved the Notting Hill reference during her speech to Richard. In fact, their parts were pretty heavy on the referential materials. The song they sing together was a pretty obvious play on Grease’s “Summer Nights,” though being backed by zombies was a great touch.
Oh man, we haven’t even talked about the zombies yet! Galavant has a zombie army now, how cool is that? Plus having them be so terrible at soldiering until Gal rallies them was hysterical. Also, if it wasn’t clear before that, the finale is going to go heavy on the Lord of the Rings references. There is no question about it anymore. A battle of three armies, a legend of a King who will unite them all (Richard of course), an army of the dead … if Sid shows up with eagles next week I might fall out of my chair.
From all the silliness and all the little nods to other works in fantasy, this week was great. The big question will be whether we get a true ending this year or another cliffhanger and fears of cancellation. Also one big glaring plot hole: what happened to Gal’s father? Last he saw his son, impaled and probably dead, then this week nary a mention or a message sent to let him know his son is alive. I know it’s a silly show and I shouldn’t read too much into it but I felt bad for him. Well, one more week to go for our wondrous musical comedy extravaganza!