In the season two premiere of Mythic Quest, the gang finally get back to the office following the pandemic and start planning the follow-up to “Raven’s Banquet.” There are high expectations for the next expansion considering the response to the previous one. Like any big task, it’s done in parts and they begin the next endeavor with the title; “Titan’s Rift.” Elsewhere, the testers finally act upon their feelings that have been building up.
“#YumYum” has Ian and Poppy reverting back to old habits. Although, they are now co-creative directors, they work separately on what their vision is of the new expansion. The irony is what they ask of their respective groups is exactly what they provide each other.
There are some great comedic moments especially when Ian asks for the hostile, shrill tester (Rachel) to tear apart his decisions. Rob McElhenney and Ashly Burch’s dynamic works so well because Rachel is so easily offended. Then, once again, the art department can’t get any love even though they accomplish their job on time and under budget.
The whole Poppy/Ian “break up” triggers David over his previous divorces: his parents and his own. In order to help him move past these incidents, he is ready to start dating again. Brad likes a good challenge and decides to help his coworker find someone.
We receive a hysterical and sorry look at David’s social media presence along with a different take on video game dating simulators. Even in a virtual world, David has no game but the startling reveal of who he matches up with is pretty entertaining. Despite David’s unsuccessful run in the game, Brad does eventually help him find a date and with his original profiles.
Daniel Pudi’s Brad is the closest thing to a villain the show has since he’s the meddling finance guy that’s willing to jump on any gaming fad in order to make a buck from partnering with influencers to microtransactions to in this episode of Mythic Quest, a battle royale mode. The writing, along with the actor’s portrayal strikes the nice balance of office jerk with just a little bit of heart underneath the tough exterior.
The show puts an interesting perspective on today’s dating landscape with a focus on branding. Though it might not be too unbelievable considering much of it is done online and through social media. Brad’s metaphors of David, first the fancy exterior but filled with garbage loot box and the burlap sack are sad but comically accurate. Especially the latter since even though only a few people want it, they’ll really appreciate all its utility.
The final subplot has Jo tasked with helping C.W. retain all his intellectual property from his book publisher. She uses the ravings of an old man along with cancel culture to her advantage and deftly negotiates C.W.’s rights to his creations along with an extension to the final novel in his trilogy. Never mind the fact it was actually due in 1982.
I like where Mythic Quest is taking the character of Jo. Despite being a mere assistant, she’s given more chances to prove her worth and shine. Last week she became a mobile game producer and now here, she’s a trusted negotiator. It seems she chose the right person to work under with all these new opportunities with Brad. She would probably still be doing the regular boring tasks if she were still with David. It’s good to see more ambition from Jo (and the testers) since it provides more authenticity to the workplace.
“#YumYum” has all the different subplots working both story and comedy-wise and provides its own slant on subjects outside the office such as online dating and cancel culture.
New episodes of Mythic Quest drop Fridays on Apple TV+.
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