|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||11 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||24–35 minutes|
|Original network||Apple TV+|
|Original release||February 7, 2020 –|
Mythic Quest (known as Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet for its first season) is an American comedy streaming television series starring Rob McElhenney for Apple TV+. The series premiered on February 7, 2020. Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season on January 18, 2020, ahead of its first season premiere. A special episode, Mythic Quest: Quarantine, was released on May 22, 2020, with a second special episode, Everlight, released on April 16, 2021, ahead of the season two premiere. The second nine-episode season is set to premiere on May 7, 2021.
The series follows a video game studio that produces Mythic Quest, a popular MMORPG, run by game-creator Ian Grimm. At the start of the series, the studio is about to release a major expansion to the game, titled Raven's Banquet. The game's creative director is Ian Grimm, who argues with lead engineer Poppy Li, head of monetization Brad Bakshi, and head writer, C.W. Longbottom.
Cast and characters
- Rob McElhenney as Ian Grimm, creative director
- Ashly Burch as Rachel, game tester
- Jessie Ennis as Jo, David's assistant
- Imani Hakim as Dana, game tester
- David Hornsby as David Brittlesbee, executive producer
- Charlotte Nicdao as Poppy Li, lead engineer
- Danny Pudi as Brad Bakshi, head of monetization
- F. Murray Abraham as C.W. Longbottom, head writer
- Elisha Henig as Pootie Shoe
- Aparna Nancherla as Michelle
- Caitlin McGee as Sue Gorgon
- John DiMaggio as Dan Williams
- Naomi Ekperigin as Carol
- Craig Mazin as Lou
- Humphrey Ker (season 2)
- Chris Naoki Lee (season 2)
- Jonathan Wiggs (season 2)
- Anthony Hopkins as narrator (in special episode "Everlight")
- Snoop Dogg (season 2)
- Derek Waters (season 2)
|First released||Last released|
|1||9||February 7, 2020|
|Specials||2||May 22, 2020||April 16, 2021|
|2||9||May 7, 2021||June 25, 2021|
Season 1: Raven's Banquet (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||1||"Pilot"||David Gordon Green||Charlie Day & Megan Ganz & Rob McElhenney||February 7, 2020|
|David hires Jo, his new assistant, who immediately begins siding with Ian's opinions, often against David's wishes. In the newest expansion of the game, Raven's Banquet, Poppy creates an in-game item, a shovel, despite Ian's protests. Poppy leaks the shovel to Pootie Shoe, a popular game streamer, who criticizes it. Ian agrees to leave the shovel in the game as long as it can be used as a weapon in addition to Poppy's intended use of in-game digging.|
|2||2||"The Casino"||Todd Biermann & David Gordon Green||David Hornsby||February 7, 2020|
|Pootie Shoe draws attention to the Masked Man, a non-player character with a hidden identity. Ian has claimed since its release that there is a backstory behind the character, but reveals that he is still trying to create it. Brad attempts to use the Masked Man to introduce an in-game casino concept to increase profits, but Poppy immediately insults him and tells him that he is not an important member of the team. Brad revolts by leaving the office and makes all in-game items free for purchase. David and Poppy admit they need Brad, as monetizing the game is the only way to support it. Ian and CW decide to create a second character, The White Knight, who is the Masked Man's son. Despite the similarities to the plot of Star Wars, the team decides to proceed with this plot line.|
|3||3||"Dinner Party"||Todd Biermann||Megan Ganz||February 7, 2020|
|The Mythic Quest team learns that their game has become an online hangout for Nazis, and attempt to fix their public relations issue. Ian resists an outright ban of Nazis, while Brad, C.W., and David try to determine what types of people should be removed from the game. Poppy releases a new part of the game called Dinner Party, which allows like-minded users to meet and talk. During an in-game anti-Nazi rally, the Nazis use Dinner Party to meet one another and destroy the rally. Poppy and Ian realize that Dinner Party allowed them to see every player who identifies as a Nazi, and move them to an isolated server.|
|4||4||"The Convention"||David Gordon Green||John Howell Harris||February 7, 2020|
|Pootie Shoe announces that he will no longer be playing Mythic Quest. Ian, David, Poppy, and Dana attend a gaming convention to find a new person to stream their game. When there are no successful picks, Poppy realizes that Dana would be an ideal candidate to stream the game online. A Girls Who Code group shows up at the office for a tour, and are disappointed when David is only able to find a few women to speak with them.|
|5||5||"A Dark Quiet Death"||Rob McElhenney||Katie McElhenney||February 7, 2020|
|A true standalone episode--none of the main characters are involved. The complete lifecycle from birth to bargain bin of the game "Dark Quiet Death." Guest stars Jake Johnson and Cristin Milioti as Doc and Bean.|
|6||6||"Non-Player Character"||LP||David Hornsby||February 7, 2020|
|Poppy takes a tour of Cold Alliance Games and sees what the other side looks like while Ian feels threatened by Paul, a new programmer. Dana starts her new job as a streamer. David deals with a glitch in the game, that is later determined to be caused by an outsider hacking the program. Lou replaces Dana as a program tester working with Rachel.|
|7||7||"Permadeath"||Todd Biermann||Aparna Nancherla & Ashly Burch||February 7, 2020|
|Ian challenges the hacker to an in-game showdown. Poppy helps Ian prepare for it. Ian ends up beating the Masked Man, who turns out to be Pootie Shoe.|
|8||8||"Brendan"||Pete Chatmon||Megan Ganz||February 7, 2020|
|Ian takes Poppy with her to a mysterious meeting, which turns out to be with Pootie Shoe, who is secretly Ian's son, and who is living with his mother. Poppy feels loyal to Ian, and leaves a message declining the new job from Cold Alliance Games. She later changes her mind, but after calling back, is told that the job is no longer there for her. Dana gets outed that she is actually a company employee, rather than an independent streamer.|
|9||9||"Blood Ocean"||Catriona McKenzie||Megan Ganz & Rob McElhenney||February 7, 2020|
|Season Finale. The workers at Mythic Quest want to paid for their overtime work. David calls up corporate to support them, but is fired. Poppy and Ian argue, and Ian calls Montreal and gets David rehired and overtime pay for all. Ian promotes Poppy to be Co-Creative Director with him.|
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|10||"Quarantine"||Rob McElhenney||Rob McElhenney & Megan Ganz & David Hornsby||May 22, 2020|
|The staff deals with virtual meetings amid the pandemic. Brad and David have Street Fighter contests to decide whether or not the company will make a charity donation. Ian visits a distraught Poppy where she lives.|
|11||"Everlight"||Rob McElhenney||Ashly Burch||April 16, 2021|
|The team returns to the office for their annual Everlight party. Poppy and Ian try rig a LARP tournament in favor of Dana, but Brad ends up winning the tournament instead and with his win, he forces Poppy and Ian to cancel future Everlight parties. Poppy and Ian then challenge Brad and end up defeating him, which means Everlight parties are able to continue in the future.|
On August 9, 2018, it was announced that Apple had given a series order to a new half-hour comedy series written by Rob McElhenney, Megan Ganz, and Charlie Day, all of whom also serve as executive producers alongside Michael Rotenberg, Nicholas Frenkel, Gérard Guillemot, Jason Altman, and Danielle Kreinik. Production companies involved with the series consist of RCG Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Ubisoft Film & Television. On January 18, 2020, it was announced that Apple TV+ had renewed the series for a second season, ahead of its season 1 premiere. In February 2021, it was revealed that the second season would premiere on Apple TV+ on May 7, 2021.
Ubisoft, a large video game publisher, assisted with development of the series. McElhenney said the concept of the show resulted from a discussion Ubisoft had with him about producing a television show around video games. McElhenney had been invited to Ubisoft Montreal to discuss the project, and though he was initially hesitant, as he toured the studio, he saw the potential vision for the show. Since then, Ubisoft has assisted in designing the video game characters and game world, as well as providing other art assets for the show. Ubisoft also helped the writers with details of video game development to stay authentic to industry approaches.
The first season consisted of nine episodes released on February 7, 2020. A special episode focusing on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic was released on May 22, 2020.
Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Rob McElhenney would star in the series. On February 1, 2019, it was announced that F. Murray Abraham, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Charlotte Nicdao and Jessie Ennis had joined the cast of the series.
In April 2021, alongside the season two trailer release, Apple announce that Humphrey Ker, Chris Naoki Lee, and Jonathan Wiggs were part of the season two cast, with Snoop Dogg and Derek Waters guest starring.
In March 2019, it was reported by The New York Times that filming of season one had concluded. The special, titled Mythic Quest: Quarantine, was written, shot, and edited in just three weeks, all remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, using products supplied by Apple, such as iPhones.
On November 11, 2020, Deadline Hollywood reported that the second season suspended production after positive COVID-19 tests of production team members. In December 2020, it was further reported that while Rob McElhenney claimed "to date there remains ZERO evidence of any transmission at work", at least 12 members of the production staff that worked in close contact with one another had contracted COVID-19, marking the second cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to the Mythic Quest production, and prompting another production suspension. During a Mythic Quest panel at the Television Critics Association's Winter Press Tour in February 2021, McElhenney stated that he "did not want to be known as the person who got F. Murray Abraham very, very ill", elaborating that Abraham's character was continuing to work remotely for the first few episodes, and did not actually shoot in person until episode seven of the second season, where COVID testing occurred "as many times as five days a week," and Abraham's scenes only included "very small amounts of people on camera". In March 2021, Variety reported that a total of 26 crew members of Mythic Quest came down with COVID-19, making it "the worst outbreak of any show in Los Angeles".
The first season, which consisted of nine episodes, was released entirely on February 7, 2020, on Apple TV+. A special episode, entitled Mythic Quest: Quarantine, was released a couple months later on May 22, 2020. On February 17, 2021, it was announced that the second season, revealed in January 2020, would be released on May 7, 2021.
On June 10, 2019, a trailer for the series was presented by McElhenney at Ubisoft's E3 2019 press conference, where he announced that Mythic Quest would premiere in the fall of 2019. On December 18, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on February 7, 2020.
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 89% approval rating, based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 7.66/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "While it relies too heavily on the workplace comedy formula, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is nonetheless hilarious and stands out for exploring the gaming industry with intelligence, thoughtfulness, and sincerity." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 73 out of 100 based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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