GALAVANT – Season Finale Review
And just like that, Galavant is over. Everything got wrapped up and there was a happy ending for all.
Wait. No. That’s not what happened.
Galavant was a limited, eight episode series, however the writers and producers seem to think that they were doing a regular TV show, and left a huge cliffhanger at the end of the show. What were they thinking?
So, we learn that Isabella (Karen David) is actually betrothed to her cousin Harry, a pre-pubescent monarch. Harry arrives just as Galavant (Joshua Sasse) and Gareth (Vinnie Jones) are about to fight to the death as champions for King Richard (Timothy Omundson) and Kingsley (Rutger Hauer), respectively. The two are battling for the throne, and for Madalena (Mallory Jansen), who is openly rooting for Kingsley. The fight is put on hold, and Gareth convinces the king to fight for himself, but no one told Kingsely, so now Gareth and Richard are going to fight.
Galavant demands to see the king and they bond over being treated poorly by Madalena, then go out for drinks. They hatch a plan to kill Kingsley in his sleep, even singing a song about it (“Secret Mission”), but Kingsley outsmarts them and Richard ends up thrown in the dungeon. Gareth springs both Richard and Galavant, sending them off with the pirates, charging Galavant with protecting the king. In return, Gareth promises to keep Isabella and her family, and Sid (Luke Youngblood) safe. When Madalena orders them killed, Gareth sets everyone free, except Sid, keeping him for insurance.
Madalena kills Kingsley and sets herself up to rule Valencia, choosing Gareth as her consort. Isabella and company run away to Harry’s, where he has a tiny box of a room set up for Isabella to live in forever.
And that’s how it ends. Cliffhangers all around. Even the closing song talks about how there are cliffhangers and they don’t know if there will be a season two or not, depending on the ratings. The ratings weren’t that great though, and as funny as the show was, overall, it was pretty middle of the road.
While I loved the self-referential humor, and the music and lyrics were quite clever, I never left the show wanting to buy the soundtrack, which is often what makes a musical a success. How many people rushed to buy the soundtracks to Wicked, Spamalot, or Avenue Q as soon as they were available? But Galavant? Not so much. The show was a lot of fun. If there was more, I’d keep watching. If they get a season two, I’ll totally be there. But I’m not holding my breath, and I won’t even be that disappointed if it gets the ax.