Conner’s Critique: Mythic Quest Season 3

Did you love the prior seasons of Mythic Quest? You can see our breakdown of those seasons Here. We are now back, but this time we are checking out the new third season!

Eric previously predicted that this season was never going to happen, as last season ended incredibly conclusive and in a beautiful way, but way to go Mythic Quest, way to make him a liar!

As always our reviews are broken down with regard to story, acting, and overall.
So let’s jump in!

Story 6.5/10

The season starts off with a small time jump as Poppy has finished her concept and ideas for her new game Hera. It’s an interesting time for all involved as David is struggling to run Mythic Quest without Ian and Poppy, Brad is settling into his new role as a blue-collar worker, and Jo is trying to keep down her evil instincts. More importantly, Ian is doing his best to be a supportive coworker within Poppy’s game, and trying to not make the entire enterprise about himself.

It’s definitely fun to see the dynamics between Poppy and Ian shift slightly. Poppy is clearly starting to take on a lot of mannerisms and behaviors of Ian, and while Ian is attempting to be really supportive, it’s just coming off as passive-aggressive, at least when he is not mentoring Dana.

We don’t want to showcase all of the storylines that take place during the season, but there’s just a lot of fun playing with the character’s dynamics. For instance, Carol being manipulated by Brad is very on-brand for the characters and helps the series get back to the prior groove.

At the end of the day, no matter how many things change, the show finds a way to still remain the same. The energy and storylines feel like it hits the same beats and style as the prior season’s spirit.

Acting 8/10

With Ian, played by Rob McElhenney, taking on more diminutive traits this season as a supportive co-worker to Poppy, played by Charlotte Nicdao, we notice some traits that match up to McElhenney’s other well-known character Mac from It’s Always Sunny. The main difference of course is that Ian is more of a creative genius. It was a bit frustrating though watching Ian babble tech buzzwords like blockchain, NFT, and bitcoin with no substance. It feels as if he’s someone pretending he knows what he’s talking about. It takes away from the character’s usual ability to stay on top of Tech trends.

“…[Poppy’s] character gets so much more depth this season as the power goes to her head and turns her into a maniacal, insane, and almost synesthesia-triggered psychopath.”

As for Nicdao, her character gets so much more depth this season as the power goes to her head and turns her into a maniacal, insane, and almost synesthesia-triggered psychopath.

There is so much range in the character development of Poppy, but it’s not something that we haven’t seen before. The character showcased several of these traits in the prior seasons of the show as well.

Overall 7/10

Unfortunately, while the season is fun it isn’t as great as their other seasons. At the end of the day it still is Mythic Quest and I am 100% happy with that. If you are looking for a lighthearted laugh, or just a peek into the other side of the gaming industry. I wholeheartedly recommend checking out this season of Mythic Quest.

Conner’s Final Thoughts

With the softening of Mac over the years in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the ridiculousness of Ian growing within Mythic Quest, it’s becoming harder and harder to perceive the differences between the two characters. I’m wondering if this is an intentional choice, or if it was an accident. Rob McElhenney has made some interesting choices when it comes to character development in the past.

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