Greetings Fairy Tale Fanatics!
I don’t know how many of you will remember, but many moons ago, I wrote about a TV series that ABC had in the works, a musical comedy with a medieval/fairy tale epic/adventure setting, entitled Galavant. It came out the first week of the New Year, January 2015, and actually, it’s already over. Did you get a chance to see it? DVR it?
Now, I didn’t absolutely love this show, but I’m VERY upset that it’s over… Let me explain.
I didn't watch every episode of Galavant, mostly because I don't generally watch much TV. The episodes I did catch, I thought they were... ok. The humor wasn't entirely my taste, and I found the plot-lines a bit strange. The songs didn't blow me away either, but they were likable. I guess it's pretty easy to expect more from Disney's beloved composer, Alan Menken, when he's written so many fantastic hits before.
The most likable things about the show, I'd say, are the characters. They each have their own quirks, all of them funny, charming, and sweet in their own unique way. The writers place no reliance on overdone stereotypes (which run rampant across TV-land these days, in my opinion), and all of the actors give very strong performances, well-timed, genuine, and often heartfelt. Also, I might add, the costumes and sets are all splendid. They give this fairy tale epic a quaint, authentic-but-stylized, olde-world appeal.
So when I found out the "4 week series" was coming to an end last month, I decided to tune in, desiring to know how it all might wrap up. Would each of the characters come to see their respective dreams realized, their secrets revealed, or would it end with some shocking twist that no one saw coming?
Well, I guess it’s safe to say the latter came true. The season finale aired, but by all accounts, Galavant hadn't ended! No loose ends were tied up, nothing was resolved or settled--in fact, when the credits rolled at 9:00pm, the future looked more grim than ever for our beloved crew of characters. Our three leads had been separated, each in a different place, each in a seemingly hopeless situation, and each stuck there indefinitely. That's right--I won't give anything away, but Galavant ended on a completely and utterly unsatisfying cliffhanger.
The most infuriating part is that, for all anyone knows, Galavant has not been renewed for a second season! It could be, but it hasn't been yet. And if it does come back, when will it air? Surely ABC has a full year of programming already scheduled--if Galavant Part 2 is not a certainty, where will it fit in among all the rest?
It's funny how I never watch TV, and the one time I do, and actually enjoy something, this is what happens to me. I'll personally be heartbroken, along with surely scads of others, if Galavant never returns. That would be a terrible shame, especially for the production team, cast, and crew, and everyone else who put their heart and soul into making this little show so special. Anyone who’s watched it can attest to the amount of hard work that must have been put into this project.
What were your thoughts on Galavant, if you watched it? Also - in your experience, what was the most infuriating cliffhanger you’ve ever come across while watching a series, and was the next episode worth the wait? Leave us a comment!
(Editor's note: Didn't like it. But I hate almost all musicals. I do like Into the Woods, though.)
Bio: Nora writes, "I have been a lover of creative writing and fairy tales for basically my entire life! I graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers where I completed a minor in English, with a focus in Creative Writing and Shakespeare (I majored in Psychology)."