Back when Den of Geek spoke with Mythic Quest creators Rob McElhenney, Megan Ganz, and David Hornsby prior to the first season of the show premiering, they revealed that each subsequent season of their videogame studio comedy would have a new subtitle based on the “expansion pack” the devs team was working on. So Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet would become Mythic Quest: INSERT-NEW-NAME-HERE for its second season.
It was an interesting, novel idea. Still, we’re sure no one on the team expected that their next effort would be Mythic Quest: Quarantine. Yes, according to a press release on Apple, the cast of Mythic Quest is getting back together for a very special episode in-between its first and second seasons. Mythic Quest will return on Friday, May 22 with Mythic Quest: Quarantine, a special new episode written, filmed, and edited under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Lots of workplaces are figuring out this whole working-from-home thing, and the gaming industry is no different. Virtual meetings are a new and special kind of hell, so I think people will relate,” Rob McElhenney said in a statement. “Yes we’ve all had low points, but there have also been incredible moments of triumph and we wanted to celebrate that. We needed to shoot this episode fast without sacrificing quality. Thankfully, we’re living in a time when everyone’s got a camera in their pocket. Having an iPhone coupled with the ingenuity of our crew, allowed us to make this unique piece of television in just days. We hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”
Both the TV industry and videogame industry have been largely locked down during this pandemic. Now Mythic Quest has an opportunity to explore the particulars of both industries under lockdown with this unusual episode. The special will follow game developers Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) and Ian (McElhenney) as they struggle with solitude. Meanwhile Brad (Danny Pudi) and David (Hornsby) will start a charitable competition. Of course head writer C.W. Longbottom (F. Murray Abraham) will struggle with the technological particulars of video chatting with Jo (Jesse Ennis).
Many shows across the TV landscape are experimenting with content under quarantine. SpongeBob SquarePants and Community are going the table read route, while Mythic Quest joins Parks and Recreation in pulling off a full, scripted episode.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet was one of the first shows produced under the fledgling Apple TV+ streaming service. It joined other Apple offerings like The Morning Show, See, For All Mankind, and Dickinson in getting a second season order. Mythic Quest season 2 doesn’t have a subtitle or release date yet but hopefully it won’t be Mythic Quest: Even More Quarantined.