It’s funny: Apple wrapped the blanket around its head and commissioned a series on the evolution of a sector in which it has never quite set foot: that of the Game. The market for triple A, large consoles, raw graphics power, E3 and marathons of streamers. This series is’Mythic Quest‘.
The first season aired in the midst of pandemic lockdown last year, and the season two episodes now roll out once every Friday. Let’s be clear: this comedy doesn’t quite reach ‘Ted Lasso’ level, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. We are faced with a comedy that gives good results, and where maybe the game world in which it is implanted is the least of it
The best role is, at least in my opinion, that of the protagonist. Rob McElhenney plays Ian, the CEO and founder of an MMORPG game who triumphed among the masses and for whom he passes for a genius. The rest of his employees, including his partner Poppy, will have to put up with his ego.
There are excellent supporting roles such as F. Murray Abraham as the game’s screenwriter or Danny Pudi as the ruthless director Brad. He offers us a comedic take on what chaos can be in a video game business, something we don’t usually see too much of, although it’s the characters that stand out more than the world we see.
More than the plot, what moves the series are its characters. The game is the least of these in many chapters
It is the issues and the stories of the characters that take on the most importance in the series, and in some cases resorting to a certain tenderness as happened in the last two episodes of the second season (I don’t want to do a lot of spoilers, but the past of one of the main characters is told very precisely).
It is also a success that the series “greeted” the pandemic as something that also happened in their world– We have a special episode between season 1 and season 2 where all characters are shown confined, and some characters remain confined for part of the second.
In conclusion, ‘Mythic Quest’ is a beautiful comedy which may attract attention to deal with video game development, but basically it’s a comedy that gets good marks thanks to its characters and a good script. If you have nothing to do with it, this summer can be a great excuse to see all of its half-hour chapters. The special episode before the start of the second season may be the one that will delight everyone geek.