Waiting to hear whether one of your favorite shows is going to be cancelled or not is almost worse than hearing that the axe has fallen. The suspense is killer. So as I sit here waiting to hear if we will miraculously get a third season of Galavant with another hilarious episode title like "A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear," I started thinking about all the reasons Galavant totally deserves that renewal.
Like Galavant's seasons, the list of reasons to renew is not incredibly long, but also like the show, the list doesn't have to be long to be compelling. When I sat down to watch the first two episodes last year, I had no idea what to expect, but I can tell you what we got: an incredibly creative, original, and refreshing serialized medieval musical comedy. The show is so cleverly done that its use of meta actually enhances the plot.
The medieval romp is purely fun and while watching it I found myself throwing all my morals and analyses of anachronisms out the window and just loving the ride. If viewers are looking for a serious historical fiction show like Game of Thrones, they will be disappointed. Yet, Galavant is not a fairytale, well, maybe a parody of fairytales, but it is certainly not for children. It does have a darker side that coordinates with its medieval theme, but it's more of a satire of the middle ages, mocking how people of those times loved violence.
Not only is the tale of Galavant a blast but the music and lyrics are also witty and catchy, and dip into multiple genres. The music is written by the great Alan Menken, who composed the tunes for many Disney classics such as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Pocahontas, and the lyrics are written by Glenn Slater, who wrote the lyrics for Tangled, as well as for the Broadway adaptations of The Little Mermaid and Sister Act. Who needs more reason than this to watch Galavant?
To make the songs of Galavant even better, the show brings in spectacular guest stars to sing a few of them. Although some of the singing leaves a bit to be desired, you just can't beat Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) dancing and singing as the Pirate King!
Ricky Gervais also stops by to play Xanax, a magician turned "spiritual guide."
As if things couldn't get better, we are also treated to "Weird Al" Yankovic as a singing monk.
And last but not least, Eddie Marsan as a serenading 'Death'.
I also must mention, even though he doesn't sing, John Stamos created one of the funniest moments in the first season as Galavant's jousting rival, Jean Hamm.
These guest stars are brilliant and they bring in viewers, but it's not as if the regular and recurring cast couldn't carry the show by themselves. The talent is obvious and shines from them all, and each one does a fantastic job of adding personality to their roles. From the lovable Chef (Darren Evans) and his girlfriend, the handmaiden Gwynne (Sophie McShera), to the evil yet hard to hate, Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen). There is not one person in the cast whom you could get rid of and not miss.
And of course, there is Timothy Omundson, who plays King Richard. If you've ever seen Omundson in ANYTHING, you know that he is an incredible actor and he doesn't let us down in Galavant, stealing the show with his dragon pal named Tad Cooper, played by Bruce the bearded dragon.
We only get to see Tad Cooper as a small and seemingly insignificant lizard, but it turns out Richard's faith was not misplaced. At the very end of Season 2, Richard walks a sheep out to an all grown up Tad Cooper (off-screen) and declares:
If I had to give just one reason for there to be a third season of Galavant, getting to see Timothy Omundson with a dragon would be the one!