And the adventure begins!
Galavant, Isabella, and Sid are on their way to the castle to rescue the ‘captive’ Madalena. Galavant, out of shape from a year of absence from his heroic duties, gasps for air after songs and complains about every little ache along the way. Out of money and out of options, Sid suggests that they enter a jousting tournament for the chance to win 1000 shillings.
Galavant encounters Jean Hamm (a delightful reference to the handsome Mad Men, no doubt, and played by the always lovely John Stamos), an old “friend” and fellow contestant that does nothing but antagonize and mock the trio. Isabella, annoyed that the jewel was used as collateral to participate in the tournament, attempts to whip a surprised Galavant into shape. They share a personal moment, where Galavant shares that he’s terrified of what happens if he gets knocked back down again. Through a montage of epic training, Galavant manages to regain his heroic abilities.
However, they can’t risk everything they have on Galavant’s abilities, so Isabella seduces Jean Hamm into drinking a ton of absinthe, which causes him to vomit inside his helmet and stagger into battle. Galavant isn’t doing well either. After their intense day of training, he can barely move his arms and legs, let alone joust. Thus culminating in the most painfully undramatic battle in history, which ends up with them both falling off their horses at the same time. Galavant is the first to his feet, which wins him the tournament. Isabella is delighted, and having grown fond of Galavant, nearly tells him of the King’s plan before she’s interrupted.
Meanwhile at the castle, Madalena and King Richard are still living their stilted married life. Madalena, disgusted by the king’s childish antics and un-Galavant-ish ways, is becoming more and more of a frosty bitch. Gareth suggests that Richard “man up” and show Madalena that he’s worthy of her affection.
That night at dinner, King Richard sets up a meal by the fireplace and responds brusquely to all of Madalena’s snobby behaviour, which shuts her right up. However, the dinner progresses in a surprisingly lovely way. They talk about their drastically different childhoods, and serenade each other with a song titled, “Maybe You’re Not the Worst Thing Ever”… which funnily enough, Galavant and Isabella are singing at the same time.
This episode was even more fun than the last! There are so many moments of absolute silliness, but it tickled me in just the right way. It doesn’t take itself seriously at all, but there’s still real substance beneath all of the humour. We learned a little more about Madalena’s childhood, which doesn’t make her horrible personality any better, but it gives us some insight as to why she is the way that she is. The same applies for King Richard. I’m excited to learn more about the backstories of all the characters. They’re just so goddamn interesting.
My only nit to pick with this episode is how fast Isabella is mixing up her feelings for Galavant. It’s obvious that she’s eventually going to fall in love with him, and he with her, I just didn’t think it would be this fast! I’m not thrilled with Isabella’s character either. She seems a little generic.
While I can see that this show might not do it for everyone, but it’s really just a fun, ridiculous show that makes me happier than I ever imagined.