Thursday, January 8, 2015

"Multiplicity of Satire"

Writing about Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe, Virgil Thomson said that the "secret of operetta is multiplicity of satire." When I read this I thought immediately of Galavant on Sunday night. For all of its silliness, the satirical stiletto of the script was capable of jabbing effectively in any number of directions. As used to be the case the the Zucker brothers, Galavant could pick its targets from all over the map of popular culture and deal a fatal (or near-fatal) blow to each of them. Will they be able to keep it up in their next round of two half-hour episodes?

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