A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Sitcom-style antics and heightened drama detract from them to an extent, but messages of integrity and teamwork still come through, with Mythic Quest team pulling together on common goals, working to make their game the best they can.
Positive Role Models
The cast boasts extensive diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and age. Many storylines are sympathetic to those who are underdogs, such as women who work in gaming industry. A successful YouTube gamer is 14 and called a "piece of s--t" and mocked, but also taken seriously as are teens in general: "14-year-olds these days are much more savvy than you think," says one character. A main character is a man in his 80s, rare for a sitcom set in a tech workplace.
Violence & Scariness
Mythic Quest is a violent video game and we see many excerpts: soldiers stabbing each other or smashing each other with shovels, with (animated) blood spraying and pooling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Humor can be a bit rude, like when a game designer says that it's a universal human trait to "draw d--ks"; later, another character complains that a visualization tool in a game doesn't allow him to create a penis shape. A character creates a drawing of a potential game avatar who will be popular because she's bare-breasted (we don't see said breasts). Two characters share a same-sex attraction, others have opposite-sex interests; expect kissing, dating, flirting, references to sex. Ian is frequently shirtless.
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Language is usually intended for emphasis or humor, and includes "f--k," "bulls--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and "d--k."
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Products & Purchases
Consumerism is generally used for satiric purposes, like then a YouTuber advertises "Rage Mist" body spray. The show often pictures the Apple TV remote, too.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character is an alcoholic and is shown weaving, slurring his words, looking unkempt; we see him drink from a flask after saying that good news "calls for a drink." Another character refers to his alcoholic father.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet is a comedy set at a gaming company that made one of the most popular multiplayer computer games of all time. It's created by the team of writers behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but the tone of Mythic Quest is much lighter and more sincere. Humor can be on the rude side, with an extended joke about gamers' propensity for drawing penis shapes within games, and a 14-year-old YouTuber who rates games with "b-holes" (they look like red asterisks). There's also language: "f--k," "bulls--t," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," and "d--k." The cast shows extensive diversity in terms of sexual identity, race, ethnicity, body type, and age. Two characters have a same-sex attraction, while others have opposite-sex interests; expect kissing, dating, flirting, and references to sex. A main character has a drinking problem. The Apple TV remote appears significantly on-screen. The group of co-workers also show integrity and teamwork, pulling together to make the best game they can in service of their fans.
Is It Any Good?
Set in a world that's filled with absurdity even in real life, and stocked with lovable actors playing appealingly quirky characters, this series is destined to be the next great workplace comedy. Fans of Always Sunny already know, of course, that its writers know how to craft ridiculous situations stuffed with hilarious jokes; what elevates Mythic Quest above Always Sunny is the strong thread of sincerity running through the show. Always Sunny resolutely refused to indulge in moments where characters learned lessons or hugged, a great choice for a dark comedy, but one which often kept the characters from connecting with each other. Mythic Quest, in contrast, often pauses the flow of knowing jokes for moments that feel real.
Poppy, for example, is permanently exasperated with Ian as well as with the industry she works in, where talented women are overlooked and overworked while some guy gets the credit. Ian is a blowhard and a smug tool, but we get backstory that explains how he got that way. And the romantic tension between Dana and Rachel is a reliable source of laughs, but the show takes both characters and their attraction seriously. But it's the fifth episode that really signals Mythic Quest is up to something different than jokes about a bunch of funny sociopaths as we travel back in time to the 1990s when a hopeful young couple struggles to launch their own game. Pausing antics in order to tell a dramatic and wistful short story? It's an odd choice, and a wonderful one. The American version of The Office was criticized when it came out for leavening its comedy with romantic complications and human drama -- but we all know how that came out in the end. Mythic Quest has the potential to be another Office; let's all hope it gets there.
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