Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Galavant - Bewitched, Bothered, and Belittled

Despite Richard's (Timothy Omundson) impassioned speech to support his cause and the fact that the former king smuggled out the jewel of Valencia (in a manner which we won't speak of here) which could pay for a mercenary army, Galavant (Harry Collett) grows weary of his friend's ability to screw up every situation without even trying all that hard. Focusing on the rekindled childhood friendship between Richard and Roberta (Clare Foster), Galavant attempts to fan the flames of love between the pair hoping it might prove the perfect distraction to get rid of the meddlesome king. But try as he might (including serenading the pair during a romantic dinner he arranged), our hero is unable to force Richard from his side.

While Galavant tries his hand at matchmaking, the mind-controlled Isabella (Karen David) continues her wedding craze, Chef (Darren Evans) and Gwynne (Sophie McShera) abandon the good life (for reasons I still don't understand, but that may be the point), and Madalena (Mallory Jansen) finds herself the subject of a roast thrown by friars (har-har) and two obnoxious queens (Sarah Hadland, Sally Phillips) who have always looked down upon her. At least Madalena gets some respite, from an unlikely source, as the episode comes to a close with Galvant no closer to rescuing his current true love but his former love seems finally ready to embrace an emotion other than anger.

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