Updated: Jan 14
Mythic Quest is a weird show. It premiered a little after HBO's Silicon Valley closed the curtain on 6 amazing seasons that showed the programmers grow from small startup to Public Enemy #1 - really heartwarming stuff. Naturally, any show that's a comedic spin on the technological workplace will invite comparisons, but this show is actually quite funny.
To set the scene, Ian (Rob McElhenney) is the creative director of a(n) MMORPG called Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, and he is flanked by a stellar team of executives including Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicado), the game's technical director; Brad Bakshi (Community's Danny Pudi), the marketing manager; and David Brittlesbee (David Hornsby), the executive producer. There isn't really a through line for the season in that it doesn't really build up to anything, or at least it seems that way. The episodes are largely self-contained, with very little impact on the overall state of the season; that said, this doesn't mean that there's no growth.
Generally, sitcoms fall into one of two broad categories: serialised vs. episodic. Whilst this show definitely leans towards the latter, the growth shown by the characters' development over the course of 9* episodes (*there's a 10th episode filmed in quarantine) is really striking. More comedies need the high-budget drama treatment because it almost always works, especially by having these characters who are seemingly at the top of their careers make mistakes that we can't really pass off as inexperience.
I appreciate this show - let me know if you'd like to see a full review of it!
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