In line with Parks and Recreation and The Office, Mythic Quest introduces us to the world of video games through those who make them. In collaboration with Ubisoft, the series returns for a second round of episodes on Apple TV +. Critical.
Between The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The It Crowd, there are many series to explore the workplace. Last year, Netflix recruited one of the creators of Parks and Recreation to develop a comedy about space exploration. Space Force, with the brilliant Steve Carrell in the lead role, quickly found success. But a few months earlier, in the shadows, Apple TV + had also launched its first series of its kind: Mythic Quest. She promises to take us behind the scenes of video games alongside those who make them. But after a pleasing first season – albeit a little uneven, what does this new round of episodes have in store for us?
Ian Grimm, somewhat egocentric boss of Mythic Quest must deal with his new business partner, Poppy. The electric duo are forced to collaborate to develop a new expansion for the game after the success of Raven’s Banquet. But the two creatives had a hard time finding common ground and things got worse as Montreal claimed the first visuals of this ambitious project.
A wealth of information on the world of video games
What makes the strength of Mythic Quest, it is undoubtedly the theme that it addresses. While enthusiasts may not learn much, casual players may consider Mythic Quest as a mine of information on the development, financing and promotion of a video game. This taste for detail is certainly to be attributed to Ubisoft’s participation in the creative process. The French studio has developed some visuals to make everything more believable. From the creation of a script, to motion capture through development, the series portrays very precisely the challenge of creating a video game title. Punctuated with references of all kinds, the story is aimed at both enthusiasts and neophytes. This attention to detail allows Mythic Quest to become one of the most successful productions of the catalogue Apple TV+.
But the series is not only intended to reflect a process of creation and tends to offer a reflection on this universe. Thanks to Rob McElhenney’s talent for writing the screenplay, Mythic Quest aptly tackles themes as broad as toxic masculinity, online harassment and overwork. She also does not spare social networks and influencers, who have been making rain and shine in the entertainment industry for several years.
The character of Poppy also serves a purpose larger than that of comedy. Expertly thought out, it allows the screenwriter to approach and build a reflection on the difficulty of being a woman in an essentially male universe. Charlotte Nicdao also excels in the exercise, and succeeds in a few episodes to make us laugh and move us as rarely in a comedy of the kind. Her character is reminiscent of the one played by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation, which had earned him a Golden Globes in 2014.
A nugget of comedy
Thanks to acidic and hard-hitting dialogues, which do not hesitate to border on the politically incorrect, Mythic Quest hands off the comedy bet. If the laughter is not straightforward at all times, the talent of its actors and the taste of its creator for the well-felt valve allows the series to compete with its alter egos on other platforms. It must be said that between the tribulations of the eccentric CW Longbottom and the decidedly dark delusions of Jo, there are many opportunities to giggle. However, Mythic Quest does not hesitate to mix the tones by sometimes exploring darker plots. In its episode shot during the pandemic, the series managed to move us during a confrontation scene between Poppy and Ian. In Everlight, it reproduces the little miracle by offering us a tender reunion after the pandemic and the end of teleworking. But it’s mostly the episode Flashback which stands out, like the one proposed in the previous season. Without saying too much about the plot, it allows the story to breathe and sheds new light on an important character.
The happy click of Mythic Quest can count on his capital sympathy to convince us. This second season, even more successful than the first episode salvo, gives us a glimpse of a bright future for the series. In the comedy niche, Apple TV + has every interest in continuing its efforts, especially since the success of Ted Lasso and Dickinson.