Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is not just a show for gamers. If you like to laugh and enjoy workplace comedies, you are sure to like it!
Something you likely already know about me is how much I love video games. I started gaming when I was very young, and now I can often be found playing in my free time. Gaming means something to me and I think that is part of the reason why I love Mythic Quest so much. There is such variety in this show with the characters and how deeply they care about gaming and the games they create.
The season starts off with the release of a new expansion, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet and a debate over whether a shovel can be turned into a weapon or not for the game. This episode sucked me right in and I knew I was going to love this show. As a gamer, there were a lot of things that made me appreciate this show. And honestly? I so want to play Mythic Quest. If it was a real game, I would be all over it. And yes, I know it is based on real games and that is not the point. I want Mythic Quest. Complete with an Ian Grimm White Knight skin for my avatar.
Typical Workplace Comedy?
Is Mythic Quest a typical workplace comedy? Yes. But better. It takes place in the office for Mythic Quest, a MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game. Here we see many employees, but focus mainly on the creative director Ian Grimm, lead engineer Poppy Li, executive producer David Hornsby, head of monetization Brad Bakshi, C. W. Longbottom head writer, and the game testers Dana and Rachel.
Of course we see the day to day struggles of running a game like this, as well as the way they work together — or not together. But Mythic Quest seems to take it to a whole new level for me. I would put this right up there with The Office and Workaholics, which are two of my favorite workplace comedies. And that is saying a lot because with both of those shows, season one is starting point, but not perfect. In Mythic Quest? Season one is pretty close to perfect.
My daughters constantly watch streamers like DanTDM and LDShadowLady. After hours and hours of hearing about them and seeing videos of them, I was happy to see Mythic Quest poke a little fun at streamers (even though I am one myself). The main streamer in this show is Pootie Shoe, a young game streamer that rates games by buttholes. Yea, buttholes. He had me cracking up time and time again — I especially enjoy when he yells at his mom for disturbing him while gaming. Having Pootie as a supporting character is a fun way to step out of the workplace, while still linking it to the story.
An Amazing Cast
Perhaps I enjoy this series so much because of how much I like to game — and stream. However, I don’t think that is the only thing. Each and every one of the characters brings something to the story. I became invested in all of them, and their stories.
I have to be honest here, I love Danny Pudi in Community and DuckTales, but I was not expecting this range from him. He is a very different character in Mythic Quest with Brad, the head of monetization. He is cold, calculated, and mostly just cares about money. Often he takes things to a whole new level to prove his point, and I don’t think he cares about Mythic Quest as a game at all — it is just a pay check for him. He is hands down one of the stand out characters for me, even though they are all great.
Rob McElhenney plays Mac in Always Sunny In Philadelphia, so I was thrilled to see him as Ian Grimm, one of the main characters in Mythic Quest. Ian is much smarter than Mac, but there are some similarities as well. Especially his issues with being macho that we see a few times. Still, he is fantastic in this role, and is one of my favorites in this series as welll.
Poppy Li and the game testers Rachel and Dana are, you guessed it, women in the gaming field. This really hits close to home for me. There is an episode where young girls from Girls Who Code come in to the office, and they quickly realize how underappreciated women in this industry are. One of the employees (played by Aparna Nancherla who I loved in Corporate) even mentions that other women who work in gaming are your competition, not your friend. That got to me because I know it is true, and as a mom of two girls, I hope that changes soon.
The Standout Episode
Episode 5 of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is totally different than the others. It tells a back story, but not about any of the main characters. At first, I was confused, waiting for the connection to come in. It eventually did, and it was really small, but perfect. Episode 5 remains one of my favorite episodes of the season.
Why? Well I just adore Jake Johnson and Cristin Milioti in it. They worked great together and at one point, I teared up. I also love how they discussed video game series and how they change and evolve as they pass through multiple hands. Having been a gamer since I was a kid, this really resonated with me and I enjoyed it.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is a much watch series on Apple TV+ if you love gaming. If you don’t love gaming but enjoy workplace comedies, you should also check it out. Honestly, if you enjoy laughing, then you should watch it. Do I think it will resonate more with geeks and gamers like me? Probably. But I also think that this series can be enjoyed by anyone who likes humor.
The characters are all relatable, whether you game or not, and the story is really good. Like, really good. I was hooked from the first episode, and binged the series in less than two days. Sure, gamers will probably appreciate it more, at least certain moments, but this is comedy for everyone.
About Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet
The team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time is tasked with building worlds, molding heroes and creating legends, but the most hard-fought battles don’t occur in the game — they happen in the office.