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— Joshua Sasse (@joshuasasse) February 22, 2014
“Galavant” looks like the antidote to watching too many brutal episodes of “Game of Thrones.” The fairy tale musical might have a similar setting, but it’s lighthearted, funny, and whimsical. I’m still trying to decide if the trailer is so bad, it’s good or if it’s just good. Regardless, I already know that I absolutely must watch this show.
Here are five reason you should also give it a chance.
1. ABC knows how to do fairy tales justice
Let’s just pretend that “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” never existed and focus on the fact that ABC managed to give us a showdown between the Evil Queen from “Snow White” and the Wicked Witch from “The Wizard of Oz.” And next season we’re getting Elsa from “Frozen” on “Once Upon a Time!” The network is owned by Disney, so it knows what it’s doing when it comes to musical fairy tales. It should just stay away from rabbit holes.
2. The music
Luckily, we learn in the “Galavant” trailer that the entire show doesn’t consist of musical numbers – characters just occasionally break out into song. These songs are composed by Alan Menken, the man behind the music of “The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” While he drops the beat, “Tangled” lyricist Glenn Slater has characters spit lines like this: “I want to shoot him with a crossbow. I want to stab him in the eye. I want to liberate his head from his neck and pump the blood erect sky high.” If hearing uplifting “Frozen” tunes on a loop has you wanting to throw a loop around your neck, you might enjoy this darker fairy tale musical. I’m just hoping that Idina Menzel makes a guest appearance to sing about torture (if she’s not too busy playing Elsa on “Once Upon a Time,” that is). Perhaps she could pep up a beheading with a moving rendition of “Let it Roll.”
3. The men
Sorry, Prince Charming and Captain Hook, but Joshua Sasse is about to be the most swoon-worthy hero on TV. The intense-eyed actor makes Galavant look hot even when he’s gnawing on a turkey leg and spitting the inedible bits on the floor, and there’s just something about a guy who can sing and swing a sword at the same time. If bad guys are more your thing, you’ll love Timothy Omundson as King Richard. He’s a very spry guy who makes up for his lack of brute strength by dancing about while others do his dirty work. The joy he gets from being a nasty bully is oddly contagious.
4. The nostalgia
This series will likely remind you of many movies that you grew up loving. Some of the scenes are very Monty Python-esque, and the hero and villain seem to be borrowed from “The Princess Bride.” I’ve also seen the show compared to “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” and even “Game of Thrones.” However, while it has elements that feel familiar, it does enough to ensure that it’s so much more than a rip-off of other movies and series. It feels fresh and exciting, and this is why I can’t wait to tune in.
5. The kink in the fairytale romance
One of the best parts of the trailer is what happens when Galavant sets out to save the love of his life, Madalena (Mallory Jansen), from the clutches of King Richard. Basically, Buttercup chooses Humperdinck over Westley.
Luckily, the heartbroken hero finds a quest to busy himself with after Madalena dumps him for a life of fortune of fame. This adventure comes to him when a woman named Isabella (Karen David) shows up at his door asking for his help. He doesn’t look like the celebrated hero that he used to be, but he just might be able to save her kingdom of Valencia.
“Galavant” doesn’t have a set premiere date yet, but it will be your knight in shining armor between the fall finale and winter premiere of “Once Upon a Time.” In other words, it will give you your fairy tale fix while “Once” is on break.
It will be weird watching a fairy tale series without speculating about which Disney character is going to pop up next, but it will also be nice to meet new characters that we don’t have any preconceived notions about. So will you be going gallivanting with Galavant, or do you think that fairy tale musicals should stick to a family-friendly animated form?
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