I love Monty Python. I have the entire Monty Python’s Flying Circus series on DVD. I’ve seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail waaayyy too many times. I’ve seen Spamalot on the stage, and I have the soundtrack on my iPhone. So when I saw the trailer for Galavant, I got excited. The trailer just felt Python-infused, and it looked like Galavant was going to be hilarious and awesome. Here’s the trailer, if you need a refresher:
It looked weird, it looked funny, and it looked like something that any Python fan would love. However, when I actually set out to watch the musical, I was kind of surprised at how not in love I was with Galavant. The jokes were…fine. The characters were…okay. The plot was…interesting enough. Honestly, I can’t put my finger on what was missing for me, but there was just something intangible that the show was lacking.
The script hinged heavily on crass jokes and stupid jokes–which are two of my favorite things, mind you. To prove this, I give you Exhibit A, a gif from my favorite TV show for most of high school and college, That 70’s Show:
But a great deal of the jokes on Galavant felt really baseless, like they were a bunch of random, dirty jokes smushed into a renaissance-era musical.
Still, like I said, this was certainly not the worst thing ever. It isn’t that I didn’t like Galavant. The show did make me chuckle, surely, but I didn’t really do any big laughing, which was a bit of a bummer.
As for the characters, I wasn’t terribly invested in them by the end of the hour. Galavant (Joshua Sasse) himself is quite charming and a bit funny, but I certainly didn’t find myself invested in his questing. Madalena (Mallory Jansen) is a driven, kick-ass princess, but again, I’m not super duper invested. However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the one character that I really, truly did enjoy. Timothy Omundson’s King Richard was fantastic. Yes, some of his jokes were quite dumb, but a great deal of them were that special brand of dumb that I really enjoy.
Beyond King Richard, the show ended on two high points. The first was the incredibly slow and surprisingly gentle joust between the sore-to-the-point-of-paralysis Sir Galavant and Sir Jean Hamm–under the influence of a hearty helping of absinthe–(played by John Stamos). The second was my favorite song of the night, “Maybe You’re Not The Worst Thing Ever”.
So yeah, Galavant wasn’t brilliant, but the fact that it ended on two moments that genuinely made me laugh gives me hope for the coming three nights. Besides, tonight just featured the first two episodes. They had a great deal of groundwork to lay. In the coming weeks, we’ll really get to know the characters, and jump deeper into the story. I think that added story depth and getting to know our characters even more will give Galavant that little something extra to make the show something truly unique and special.
But hey, even if Galavant doesn’t get better, it most certainly isn’t the worst thing ever, amirite?
Galavant will be airing the next three Sunday nights on ABC. I hope you tune in! Did you check out the first hour tonight? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!
This review was also posted over at MoviePilot.