“Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” Apple TV+ review
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is now available to stream on Apple TV+. Here’s our quick overview:
- Mythic Quest has the setup of Silicon Valley, the comedy style of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and is set in the gaming industry.
- The show doesn’t take itself seriously, and manages to be entertaining while having fun with issues in the industry.
- Every episode of Mythic Quest is available to stream now.
Two things to know about this Apple TV+ Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet review:
- We aim to be 100% spoiler-free, so this is all opinion.
- We watched the whole series, not just an episode like other websites.
While watching the show, I wrote in my notes “nothing memorable.” One day after, I couldn’t remember anything but the shovel gags. It’s obviously a negative, but at the same time, the show entertained me enough to binge all nine episodes in one sitting. Many other shows, including Netflix’s well-hyped Locke & Key, failed to do that.
Rest assured, there are laugh-out-loud moments, unlike HBO’s Avenue 5. Plus, it’s not a repetitive mess like Netflix’s Medical Police. Even the performances are great, unlike Apple’s Truth Be Told. So why isn’t it memorable?
My only thought is that with so many great shows available, it’s harder for decent shows like Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet to stand out.
Built on the industry
Show creator Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) has taken the key roles in a game studio and over-exaggerated them 100 times over. It’s the exact same setup as Silicon Valley, which pairs the real-world tech industry with outlandish character traits and delivers great comedy. The difference is, Silicon Valley became a hit in 2014 — long before Netflix and Co. were delivering big shows monthly.
This doesn’t take away from the interesting characters, quirks, and skewed real-world scenarios Mythic Quest delivers. It’s just not big and bold enough to leave a lasting impression.
Sadly, this isn’t something they can easily fix in Season 2, which has already been renewed. At best, it will be more of the same, and that’s fine for filler.
A little bit of everything
The show begins as the studio is about to release the long-awaited expansion to its hugely popular online game. The blend of characters ranges from the narcissistic, self-absorbed, weak-willed and sociopathic.
This mix gives the show different opportunities when exploring scenarios like women in gaming, streamer influence, and crunch-time chaos. What’s refreshing about Mythic Quest is that they don’t try and give solutions — they just have fun.
The best way this reviewer can describe Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is by saying it’s a popcorn show. It’s not something any of us will be looking back on in 10 months when writing up “Best of” lists, but for the four hours it runs, it’s entertaining.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet looks and sounds fantastic in 4K, with Dolby Vision and Atmos. This is something Apple TV+ has gotten right with their service: their commitment to super-high streaming standards.
Mythic Quest Raven’s Banquet verdict: Chill
- Streaming on Apple TV+
- Created by Rob McElhenney and David Gordon Green
- Starring Rob McElhenney, Elisha Henig, and Craig Mazin
Don’t be put off by the Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet trailer. The show isn’t goofy or some social agenda trip. If you’re a gamer or geek, then you should give the show a chance. It does a good job of taking the industry to task with some smart satire and over-the-top characters.
The biggest issue this show has is that it’s not memorable. You’ll have a decent time while watching and the episodes are short to binge, yet it just doesn’t compete with better shows that are available.
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