Galavant S2. Episodes 9 & 10

Another season gone, with no promise of return – and what a heart warming finish. The show runners for Galavant are no fools and the level of self awareness this show has is proof. The final two episodes of Galavant managed to type up many loose ends and wrap up the arcs of their various heroes in such a way that would be satisfying to their fans even if the show weren’t to be renewed for another season, yet still leaving at least one plotline open for potential future installments.

“The Battle of the Three Armies”, starts with Jester recapping the season thus far with a very impressive recap song. After Isabella gives an impassioned speech, her meager army is fired up and Gareth and Madalena retreat to a scenic overlook to watch the battle from a safe distance. Gareth is not satisfied by this, craving battle and argues with Madalena and Wormwood, but Madalena is heavily under Wormwood’s influence by now and trying to hide the fact that she has accepted Wormwood’s D’Dew. Frustrated, Gareth goes down to fight and the battle commences. As they fight, Isabella is unaware that she is getting assistance from Galavant, Richard, and his undead army, however, this fact doesn’t go unnoticed by Madalena from her perch. She and Wormwood notice Galavant as well as a masked fighter who has the sword of the “One True King” and decide to kick things up a notch.

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On the battlefield, Galavant and Isabella are finally reunited. She’s initally not pleased to see him but he quickly explains between blows that what she heard was a misunderstanding and they make up with a another (still yeasty) kiss. Richard also has a reunion of his own when he comes face to face with Gareth on the battlefield. Their reunion is cut short however, when Madalena begins her D’Dew, turning the undead army against them. Both Gareth and Galavant’s armies are forced to retreat within the castle as the undead hoard fight both sides indiscriminately. They all retreat to the courtyard but ht ezombie hord is close on their heels. As the prepare to fend them off, there is a lull. Madalena is at the door and tries to retrieve Gareth before sicking the hoard on the rest of them. However Gareth refuses to go, stating that he will not betray his friend again. With no other choice Madalena leaves them to their fate. Trapped within the castle courtyard, our characters can only wait for the hoard to break down their door.

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Episode 10, “The One True King (To Unite Them All)” opens with a peak into King Richard’s past, with him playing among the other children, doing unimpressive things and a young Gareth forcing the children to acknowledge him. He realizes that he’s not doing nothing spectacular and begins a song with his older self asking if he will ever stop being a loser. His answer to himself? Sorry but no. Galavant and company attempt to snap Richard back into reality but all seems lost until they hear a familiar beat. Sid arrives to the battle having brought an army of men from the enchanted forest, the pirates, the giants and dwarves and randomly some men from Princess Jubille’s kingdom. With reinforcements available, Galavant and Gareth and the rest charge the undead army to end this fight. Madalena makes Wormwood promise to assure that no harm would befall Gareth but when he is left alone he targets him anyway.

Fights break out between Gareth Galavant and the undead, Madalena and Isabella, and Richard and Wormwood. During Richard and Wormwoods confrontation, Richard learns that his sword is a sign that he is the One True King (To Unite Them All), which is cool and all but does little to stop Wormwood from disarming him with magic. When Richard attempts to pull out his trump card, Tad Cooper the “dragon”, Wormwood swats him aside. Richard chases after Tad Cooper and, believing he’s been killed, goes into a rage. He retrieves his sword from a boulder, breaks Wormwood’s wand in half, ending his control on the undead hoard, and strikes Wormwood down. Galavant, Gareth, Madalena, and Isabella look on astonished. Richard has saved the day.

With Wormwood defeated and Gareth and his army firmly on our hero’s sides, the war is over. Richard realizes that Tad Cooper is alive and asks Galavant to watch him as he takes off to stop Roberta from setting sail to Spinster Island. Madalena says a sad goodbye to Gareth and disappears into the darkness, unwilling to settle for anything less than absolute power. The episode ends with a time skip and lively musical number which wraps up the stories of our heroes. Galavant and Isabella marry, Isabella’s parents regain their crowns, Gareth invites Sid on an adventure to save Madalena from herself, Madalena goes to see the Dark Evil Lord, Richard and Roberta have a house in the country and a DRAGON and everything seems to be right in the kingdom.

The final two episodes of Galavant were spectacular. Every song was catchy and fun and the level of self awareness all throughout were highly appreciated.  Some of my favorite lines of the night were, “We’re not going to die, this isn’t Game of Thrones”, “Shall I write a theme song for you my king? – Shut up Menken!”, and “Thanks for the Love” (To Gareth).

I will be sad to see this show go away. As I’ve said previously, there’s not a lot of in depth analysis to come from this show. It’s not a show meant to be analyzed for it deep psychological or philosophical meanings. It’s just a fun comedy. A musical adventure. Galavant does it’s job of being a good time and not taking itself too seriously in a television landscape rife with drama. I believe the show runners of this show were genuinely surprised it got a second season after the ratings it got last year and dedicated the entire season 2 to just seeing what they could get away with. The result was a season cheekier and far more meta than the season before it. There are many more possible journeys for the Galavant crew. Will wedded bliss be all its cracked up to be? will Gareth save Madalena from her own darkness? What will become of Jester? Of Tad Cooper? If Galavant isn’t renewed for a third season, we may have to live with the unknowing. Still, Galavant was a fun, satisfying escape, and pretty decent musical to boot.

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Brava!

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