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If the idea of Mac from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Rob McElhenney) paired with Abed from Community (Danny Pudi), arguably two of the greatest comedy characters of the 2000s, is appealing – then this absurd comedy, written by McElhenney and long-time collaborator Charlie Day, should be exactly what you’re looking for.
In previous decades, shows about video games and the people who play them were just as niche as the gaming industry itself. The Guild, a webseries created by Felicia Day, premiered in the late aughts – to rave reviews from audiences and critics just beginning to make YouTube a part of their lives in entertainment. More than ten years later, Mythic Quest deals with very much the same topic, but in a context far-flung from the tropes of social isolation so commonly associated with gaming in those days.
What you can expect:
McElhenney’s new series focuses on the lives of several adult game developers and how their fates are manipulated by the likes of a fourteen-year-old YouTuber named Pootie_shoe. The disparate relationship between the consumers of gaming culture and those who create it is where the majority of this show’s humor lies.
However, this doesn’t mean that Rob McElhenney’s newest character strays too far away from Mac’s character – the vain and insecure fool we have come to love over the past 15 years, shirt popping and all. It’s just that the brazen, no-holds-barred madness found within It’s Always Sunny gets repackaged in a more subtle context. If audiences pay attention, they are sure to find something familiar in Mythic Quest – for better or worse.
At its heart, the show is a character-driven workplace comedy that does what Silicon Valley did best during its six-season run. The characters make the show, which allows viewers who have never played a video game in their life to become invested in what the show has to offer. Fans of Community may have mixed feelings about Pudi’s role as David Bakshi, Head of Monetization – who plays very much the opposite of all the previous roles we have known Pudi for previously. Despite this, it’s hard not to take the difference as something that comes at the show’s expense.
Mythic Quest is a great show for anyone who wanted CBC’s failed series jPod to come back on the air, or those who miss the good ol’ days when Workaholics was playing. If you are a gamer, you are bound to have extra fun with the humor. If you are not, then get ready to learn more about eccentric folks who work in it.
Your nerdy friends, your gamer friends, and people who love a good laugh.
If you are looking for an It’s Always Sunny spinoff, don’t get your hopes up. But if you are open to a new show that takes the hilarity of nerd culture seriously, this will be your new favorite.