Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet

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Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Takeshi Furukawa
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rob McElhenney
  • Charlie Day
  • Michael Rotenberg
  • Nicholas Frenkel
  • Gérard Guillemot
  • Jason Altman
  • Danielle Kreinik
  • Megan Ganz
  • David Hornsby
Producer(s)
  • Jeff Luini
  • Chris Smirnoff
CinematographyMike Berlucchi
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07) –
present

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is an American comedy web 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 season 1 premiere.[1]

Premise[edit]

The series is set in "a video game development studio and explores the intricacies of the human condition through hilarious and innovative ways."[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [3]
1"Pilot"David Gordon GreenCharlie Day & Megan Ganz & Rob McElhenneyFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
Mythic Quest is the biggest MMORPG that is currently in the process of having its first major expansion, Raven's Banquet. The game is almost set to launch, but creative director Ian Grimm believes that lead engineer Poppy Li's contribution, a shovel, is not "cool" enough as all it does is simply dig. Executive Producer David Brittlesbee refuses to hold off on the game and suggests that they work it out before the launch. At the advice of head of monetization Brad Bakshi's advice, Polly leaks an early version of the shovel for online gamer Pootie Shoe to review. He dislikes it as it is a mundane object that does not do much. When Ian goes back on his promise to not hold off the launch, David has the game premiere as is, much to his frustration. Ian admits that while the entire game is his idea he views Poppy as the true mastermind for perfecting his vision. Poppy decides to allow the shovel to have another function as a weapon and the expansion is released to major acclaim with the shovel getting notable attention.
2"The Casino"Todd Biermann
David Gordon Green
David HornsbyFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
3"Dinner Party"Todd BiermannMegan GanzFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
4"The Convention"David Gordon GreenJohn Howell HarrisFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
5"A Dark Quiet Death"Rob McElhenneyKatie McElhenneyFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
6"Non-Player Character"LPDavid HornsbyFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
7"Permadeath"Todd BiermannAparna Nancherla & Ashly BurchFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
8"Brendan"Pete ChatmonMegan GanzFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)
9"Blood Ocean"Catriona McKenzieMegan Ganz & Rob McElhenneyFebruary 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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 are also set to executive produce alongside Michael Rotenberg, Nicholas Frenkel, Gérard Guillemot, Jason Altman, and Danielle Kreinik. Production companies involved with the series are slated to consist of RCG Productions, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Ubisoft Film & Television.[2][4][5]

On January 18, 2020, it was announced that Apple TV+ had renewed the series for a second season, ahead of its season 1 premiere. [1]

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.[6]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the initial series announcement, it was confirmed that Rob McElhenney would star in the series.[2] 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.[7]

Filming[edit]

In March 2019, it was reported by The New York Times that filming had concluded.[8]

Marketing[edit]

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.[9]

On December 18, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on February 7, 2020.[10]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 85% approval rating, based on 27 reviews, with an average rating of 7.13/10. 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."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 73 out of 100 based on reviews from 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Turchiano, Danielle (2020-01-19). "Apple TV Plus Renews 'Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet' Ahead of Series Premiere". Variety. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  2. ^ a b c Petski, Denise (August 9, 2018). "Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day Comedy Lands Straight-To-Series Order At Apple". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Otterson, Joe (August 9, 2018). "Apple Orders Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney Comedy Straight to Series". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (August 9, 2018). "Rob McElhenney-Charlie Day Comedy Scores Apple Series Order". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Prudom, Laura (February 3, 2020). "Rob McElhenney Explains How Apple's Mythic Quest Will Stay 'Authentic' to the Game Industry". IGN. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (February 1, 2019). "F. Murray Abraham, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi Among 7 Cast In Rob McElhenney & Charlie Day's Apple Comedy Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  8. ^ Koblin, John (2019-03-17). "Apple's Big Spending Plan to Challenge Netflix Takes Shape". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-03-24.
  9. ^ Patches, Matt (2019-06-10). "Always Sunny's Rob McElhenney and Ubisoft unveil gaming sitcom Mythic Quest". Polygon. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  10. ^ "Apple's New Comedy Series "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" to Premiere Friday, February 7". The Futon Critic. December 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet: Season 1 (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  12. ^ "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet: Season 1 - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved February 16, 2020.

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