Along 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 is back for a second round of episodes on Apple TV+. Critical.
Between The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine or The It Crowd, there are plenty of series to explore at work. Last year, Netflix hired one of the creators of Parks and Recreation to develop a comedy about space exploration.But a few months earlier, in the shadows, Apple TV+ had also launched its first series: Mythic Quest. He promises to take us behind the scenes of video games with those who make them. But after an enjoyable first season – albeit a little uneven, what will we get out of this episode’s new chapter?
Ian Grimm, the somewhat egocentric boss of Mythic Quest, must deal with his new business partner, Poppy. The electric duo were 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 visual of this ambitious project.
What makes Mythic Quest’s strength is undoubtedly the theme it carries. While fans may not learn much, casual players can consider Mythic Quest as a mine of information about video game development, financing, and promotion. This sense of detail is of course tied to Ubisoft’s participation in the creative process. The French studio has developed some visuals to make things even more believable. From scripting, to motion capture through development, this series perfectly illustrates the challenges of creating a video game title. Interspersed with references of all kinds, this story is aimed at fans and newbies alike. This attention to detail has allowed Mythic Quest to rank among the most successful productions in the Apple TV+ catalog.
But this series does not just want to reflect the process of creation and tends to offer a reflection on this universe. Thanks to Rob McElhenney’s talent for screenwriting, Mythic Quest appropriately tackles themes as broad as toxic masculinity, online harassment, and overwork. Nor does he spare social networks and influencers, who have been making it rain and shine in the entertainment industry for several years.
Poppy’s character also has a bigger purpose than comedy. Expertly thought, it allows the screenwriter to approach and build reflections on the hardships of being a woman in an essentially male universe. Charlotte Nicdao also excels at practice, and manages in several episodes to make us laugh and move us as is rare in such a comedy. Her character is reminiscent of that played by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation, which earned her a Golden Globes in 2014.
Thanks to its sour and harsh dialogue, which no doubt borders on wrong politics, Mythic Quest lowers the comedy stakes. If the laughs aren’t always immediate, the talent of his actors and his creator’s taste for well-feeling valves allows the series to compete with its alter egos on other platforms. It has to be said that between CW Longbottom’s eccentric misery and Jo’s dark delusions, there are plenty of opportunities for laughs. However, Mythic Quest doesn’t hesitate to mix the tone by occasionally exploring darker plots. In shooting episodes during the pandemic, this series manages to move us during the confrontation scene between Poppy and Ian. In Everlight, it reproduces small magic by offering a gentle reunion after the pandemic and the end of teleworking. But it’s especially the Flashback episodes that stand out, as suggested in the previous season. Without saying too much about the plot, it allows the story to breathe and shed new light on important characters.
Mythic Quest happy clicks can count on capital sympathy to convince us. This second season, even more successful than the first episode of salute, gives us a glimpse of a bright future for the series. In the comedy niche, Apple TV+ is keen to continue its efforts, especially since the success of Ted Lasso and Dickinson.