3 out of 5
Created by: Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Megan Ganz
covers season 1
Yeah, fine, I came to Mythic Quest for some Always Sunny goodness – we’ve got AS stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day up in here as creators, after all, sharing co-credit with Megan Ganz, who also worked on later seasons of the show, PLUS some David Hornsby all up in the casting. So, also yeah, I watched one episode of somewhat mundane, predictable workplace humor, and, uh, didn’t continue watching. Y’know – the one person “that’ll show ’em!” rebellion, because surely every series should be exactly what I expect.
Because Mythic Quest didn’t crash and burn as I had demanded, and instead made its way to a second season, I had time enough to realize my bias, and give the thing another go.
It’s still a pretty predictable workplace comedy, just slanted toward topical humor of online gaming, but it’s cast to the whazoo with great talent that makes its chuckle-worthy comedy broach some laugh out loud territory, and once you find its wavelength – in which pretty complex gaming-centric issues like monetization, and banning hate groups, and development crunch, and etc. – are handled with fairly clever blend of seriousness and snide, then blended with a well-doled out bit of world-building for all of the characters… it becomes an addictive predictable workplace comedy, and one that likely becomes funnier and funnier upon subsequent rewatches, which are quite easy to sit through.
Ian Grimm (McElhenney) is the creator of the titular MMORPG, as full of himself as it gets – with any moment of possible incisiveness immediately undercut by some wholly self-aggrandizing moment – bops through an episode with some new wild idea for his popular game, which then has to vetted by his executive producer (Hornsby) or his lead dev (Charlotte Nicdao), while Brad Bakshi (Danny Pudi) walks around contemplating new schemes for milking players out of cash, and writer C.W. Longbottom (F. Murray Abraham) stumbles around, reminiscing about those fantasy novels he once wrote. There are other colorful characters from all corners of an IT workplace, all brought to life by their actors, and constant little mini story threads to keep things churning along while we burn through Grimm’s idea-of-the-episode.
I still think that, even approached without a Sunny bias, there’s a bit of a viewing curve to Quest, as it has an air of ridiculousness about it, but it’s not inherently ridiculous, and so there’s sort of an inversion to its comedy stylings. But you come to terms with that after it proves its consistency, and then… well, then you’re probably binging your way through the second season.