Mythic Quest 3×03 “Crushing It” asks the question, “do we need another video game movie?” We’re already intrigued, and we want to know more. A character we didn’t know we needed more of gets a chance in the spotlight, and it just elevates this episode to greatness. Throw in some classic workplace shenanigans and much-needed girl-bonding, and you have an incredible entry into this workplace comedy that hasn’t been missed yet.
Mythic Quest-The Movie
David (David Hornsby) consistently impresses fans by showing just how pathetic he can be. It’s never overdone and is made adorable by the fact that he has a heart of gold. His character flips the scumbag boss stereotype on its head and gives us a character who’s strangely loveable. The fact that he champions a movie that’s certain to fail is just a testament to how misguided David is as a leader and as a boss. His character is consistently overshadowed and belittled in the best possible way.
The movie storyline is also the best use of Sue (Caitlin McGee) in a while. The very concept of an announcement of a movie based on the titular video game is enough to break her. If you’re anything like yours truly, who is a non-gamer who loves the disasters that video game movies usually are, you’ll appreciate the idea of Mythic Quest coming to the big screen. If “Everlight” was any indication, any adaptation of the video game would cause nothing but anarchy. We’d love to see it, though.
Boss Poppy Continues Bossing
We continue to love the chaotic mess that is Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao). Mythic Quest 3×03 “Crushing It” meditates on what it means to have this character truly “crush it” in life. What makes her so incredibly relatable in this episode is the fact that although she recognizes how accomplished she is, and how capable she is of doing her job, she still craves the validation of her friend. She knows what a boss she truly is. It’s a shame that Ian (Rob McElhenney) can’t meet Poppy’s needs at this moment.
While it’s always important to know one’s own worth, none of us go through life alone. The best friends may not be there for us at every moment when we need them. The truly great ones, however, will always make an effort to celebrate our successes, mourn our losses, and generally be there with us to walk alongside us for however long we’re in each other’s lives. Ian and Poppy are a beautiful friendship. Ian Elizabeth needs to step up his game, and Poppy needs to radically accept her needs and express them.
A Most Chaotic Girls’ Brunch:
This show is at its best when it leans into the fact that it’s a workplace comedy. What better way to show a modern group of co-workers absolutely breaking down at the slightest provocation? So many of us have few friends outside of work. Watching Poppy and Rachel (Ashly Burch) fall to pieces while Jo (Jessie Ennis) looks on just reads as a typical millennial outing, to be frank. It’s cathartic viewing. The only thing that’s missing is Dana’s (Imani Hakim) chance to air her grievances as well.
The ill-fated brunch is both hilarious and oddly heartwarming. While Poppy struggles with the lack of support and validation from her friend, Rachel faces the relatable struggle of battling post-secondary education. These are just spectacularly ordinary troubles that, relatably, cause an immense amount of turmoil. The show never belittles these problems or makes it seem that the characters are silly for having massive feelings.
Jo Content is Best Content
Relatedly, the chaotic girls’ brunch of Mythic Quest 3×03 gives way to some of the best Jo content that we truly didn’t know we needed. Jo is nothing less than a force of nature. There’s a deep darkness to this character that is always super fun to watch. She takes it to a new level by providing the venue for her friends to release the pent-up frustrations that they’re having trouble expressing in healthy ways.
For all of the jokes about this character and her crazy conservative, gun-loving ways, there’s a heart of gold underneath the bravado. Although it seems like she’s emotionally unintelligent, this episode is proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that she actually listens and cares deeply about her friends. She’s able to interpret the subtext beneath her friends’ sometimes theatrical emotional displays and distill exactly what they need. In this case, a tank that crushes cars is just what the doctor ordered.
HODI and HOMIE Run the World
Brad (Danny Pudi) is still very clearly up to something. He can be a janitor all he wants. We still know the truth, which is that he’s got a plan that he’s at least 20 steps into. This episode gives us a look at “Old Brad,” who very obviously is not “old” at all. The team-up between him and Carol (Naomi Ekperigin) is a fascinating one. Wouldn’t it be great if Carol had her own ultimate plan that Brad is a pawn in?
Mythic Quest is continuing its strong start to the season. Perhaps surprisingly, having the team not work as closely together has served to draw many of these characters closer together. New team-ups and combinations are adding depth to these characters, and it’s only adding depth to the story itself. While it may be good to see everyone working together again, the new dynamics are working so far. We need to see more.
Mythic Quest streams Fridays on Apple TV+.