Video games adapt, they evolve, and sometimes the creators move on. Mythic Quest is entering its third season and has shown itself to be a great insight into video games and tech. How companies adapt, and how the employees come up with ideas, among other things. All while still being able to a great comedic show. It’s fun, the cast is great, and if the first three episodes of the new season are any indication… it will be a lot of fun.
Episode one starts where we left off. Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) are starting their new game, and looking for a company to buy. While Mythic Quest is still flourishing as David (David Hornsby) has taken over. Brad (Danny Pudi) is released from jail and begins working at Mythic Quest as a janitor. The old testers Rachel (Ashly Burch) and Dana (Imani Hakim) are still trying to figure out their relationship. Jo (Jessie Ennis) is in the process of gathering everybody for CW’s (F. Murray Abraham) birthday.
Poppy and Ian get double their offer on their new game “Hera.” After some debating and going back and forth, they turned down the offer. David works with Carol (Naomi Ekiperigin) trying to continue to maintain the environment at Mythic Quest. After they’ve gathered everybody, and settled in, they read CW’s letter. Unfortunately, CW is dead.
As we move to episode two, Ian starts to feel like he and Poppy aren’t communicating as well as they should. As he tries to patch things up, Poppy continues to try to make the perfect code. She turns away Dana and Rachel to see if she can finish the code. David is curious about Brad’s return to Mythic Quest. He thinks he has a trick up his sleeve, so he has Jo follow him and see what he’s up to. While Rachel and Dana return to Mythic Quest headquarters to have sneaky sex they run into the new testers, Travor (Austin Zajur) and Kai (Ben Stillwell).
There’s an awkward conversation with the new testers and it leads to a conversation with Carol. Poppy, Ian, David, Jo, Brad, Dana, Rachel, Travon, and Kai meet with her. She’s frustrated that she’s dealing with HR from Mythic Quest and Ian and Poppy. As things continue, everybody calms down and they go to their respective area. As the episode ends, we see Poppy still focused on her code for Hera.
Episode three, David gets the call, Mythic Quest is getting a movie. He tells Sue (Caitlin Mcgee) about it, and she tells him it’s a bad idea. She gives him an idea though, and he goes to GrimPop to rub it in Ian’s face. Meanwhile, he tells Jo to have the day off. Jo goes down to GrimPop where she finds a happy Poppy who just coded Hera and an excited Rachel because they’re going to brunch.
when David makes it down, nobody is in the Metaverse like office, and he spends the entire episode trying to get out. Poppy is upset Ian hasn’t responded to her message about the code. Rachel reveals she’s having a horrible time at school. Jo is attempting to be supportive, but she has no idea how. Jo takes matters into her own hands, she brings the girls to a shooting and crushing range. They get off their frustrations.
Brad and Carol try to get the new game engineers to start developing NFTs. They bring it up to Sue, who has moved up to an actual room from the basement. She decides the basement is better, and that she doesn’t want to know about her impending doom of slander. Ian finally sees David, and David is so upset that he doesn’t know how to do anything inside Ian’s new office. Everything seems to work out, but unfortunately, David doesn’t get to brag to Ian about his movie deal for Mythic Quest.
Character development is important, and the writing room for Mythic Quest knows that. McElhenney directs the first two episodes, and his style overtly seeps into them. Megan Ganz, Hornsby, and McElhenney have all upped the character development in the writing department. Especially with Jo, whose character development leading up to episode three was amazing.
Also, the third episode was phenomenal. Steve Welch is the director and Ekprigin is the writer. This duo works well together, and they also worked well with the development. Jo was slowly growing, but in episode three the growth was incredible. This season seems to continue the trend. The dry humor is there, the emotion is there, and it only gets better as this season goes on.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three episodes as continues the quality set by Mythic Quest in the previous two seasons. The third season has been planned well thus far. It’s going to be interesting to see how Poppy and Ian deal with their new venture. Jo’s growth will be interesting. The side characters aren’t treated as one-note in Mythic Quest. They are layered with room to grow and that’s what makes Mythic Quest so great. – Rascal F. Kennedy
Rating – 8/10
New episodes of Mythic Quest premiere Fridays on Apple TV+