So begins the tale of Galavant, a short-lived ABC TV series that ran in 2015 and (somehow) returned for an even longer second season the following year.
On the surface, it’s a generic send-off of the fantasy genre that plays like a watered down version of The Princess Bride (with a little less heart and a little more snark). But Galavant has a trick up its sleeve — it’s also a musical, a song-and-dance affair like a live-action Disney movie of old. Exactly like a Disney movie, in fact, given that the songs were all written by the legendary Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules, Enchanted, Tangled) and co-collaborator Glenn Slater.
In ‘Girl Almighty’, the fifth track on their fourth album, Four, the band addressed the way their fans have been misjudged and labelled ‘crazy’ because of their passion and not only applauded them for their dedication and love, but bowed down to them as well; “Let’s have another toast to the girl almighty […] I get down on my knees for you.” Not only has One Direction always known who helped them get to where they are today, but they’ve also never shied away from declaring their respect for them, constantly validating their fans’ feelings.