Ian (pronounced I-an) Grimm (Rob McElhenney) is the creator of the world’s most popular MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game), Mythic Quest. On his team is Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) Mythic Quest’s lead programmer, story writer C.W. Longbottom (F. Murray Abraham), executive producer, David (David Hornsby) and financial expert Brad (Danny Pudi). Together they keep the game running and hope that the can appease their biggest critic, 14-year-old game streamer, Pootie Shoe (Elisha Henig). David also hires Jo (Jessie Ennis) as his assistant and if she’s not reined in, she may actually kill someone.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is the new sitcom from the creators of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. With Rob McElhenney writing and starring and Charlie Day and Megan Ganz on board as co-creators, the audience from Sunny may know what to expect.
However, after an announcement at 2019’s E3 gaming event, Rob McElhenney put the audience at ease that it wasn’t just going to cash in on its audience and laugh at their expense (looking at you, Big Bang Theory). Instead, McElhenney et al teamed up with Ubisoft for advice and an insight into the gaming industry.
Also cast is Ashly Burch, a name that gamers will know for her voice work on games like Horizon Zero Dawn, Life is Strange and the Borderlands games. With Burch being one of the staff writers, this further shows that the show is in good hands.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is not only a relatable office-based comedy, but a show that really knows its audience, knows all the in-jokes of the gaming industry and isn’t afraid to do something different to expand on its repertoire.
Halfway through its 10-episode run, Mythic Quest does a stand-alone episode that many will not expect, but many will enjoy as it follows a couple from their initial meeting, to their professional and personal relationship and does it over the space of 10 years. Something that other shows wouldn’t dare to do so early on, but it stands out as one of the best and only confirms that Mythic Quest is made by the right people.
Although some audience may feel that the workplace sitcom may have run its course and the show does seem to run out of references to the gaming industry, it’s the connection between the characters that makes all the difference. Besides the typical characters that one may find in a quirky sitcom (the evil one, the egotistic one, the overworked one), the laughs keep coming and the main story even gives the audience a few surprises.
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