If you’ve seen the musical trailers for Galavant that have been making the rounds on the internet since Christmas, or heard the main theme for the show, you will have a pretty good idea of what it is about. The theme gives a quick synopsis of what happens in the show before the story starts to a quirky and cheesy tune. It will probably annoy you at first, but you will soon learn to love the song, or at least try to as it is likely it will get stuck in your head.
Galavant is in a downward spiral, falling all over the place in a drunken stupor. His charisma is lacking and he is not the man he once was. A Princess from another land comes asking him for his help. After some coercion, they start on their journey, where they come across their first obstacle. Galavant must enter a jousting competition to win money but sadly his skills and physique left with Madalena.
The show is colourful and cheesy, just like the opening song. The costumes are gorgeous and theme appropriate. It has the atmosphere of being a pantomime show, with the terrible yet hilarious jokes, the music, the dancing and the gags. The script is well written but the King’s lines sometimes seem a little too ridiculous. Despite this, in only the 40 minutes that have currently been aired, there has been a great deal of character introduction and already some of them can be seen to be developing.
The episodes are only 20 minutes long, which really doesn’t feel long enough when the story progression keeps getting interrupted with songs. The music side to the show is a lot of fun and makes it feel more unique, but it does mean that less appears to happen within the show. With only eight episodes in the season, it makes you wonder how far the story will progress.
So far, the story is entertaining and light hearted, but this is not your usual fairy tale. With sexual innuendo's and bad language, this one probably won’t be appropriate for children. It has, however, begun to try and combat some social issues, such as female body image. If this sounds like your cup of tea, sit back and enjoy 40 minutes of pure cheese and endless enjoyment. Try not to annoy your friends and neighbours the next day though when you’re singing ‘Galavant.’