At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, office sitcoms leapt into our ambiguous, unusual new regular with a slew of quarantine specials — experimental one-off episodes that largely made simple jokes about working with different folks on Zoom. The finest of those got here from Mythic Quest, Apple TV Plus’ comedy a couple of sport growth studio whose producers discovered a method to remotely produce a particular episode. That one-off “Quarantine,” is filled with sight gags, punchy chemistry, and a genuinely shifting exploration of the distinctive isolation and concern of the early pandemic months. Now, simply forward of its season 2 premiere, Mythic Quest is returning with one other particular episode, Everlight, aimed squarely on the anxieties round returning again to work one yr later. But as an alternative of focusing fully on video calls, this time the particular gimmick is live-action roleplaying.
LARPing is kind of interpretive dance for tabletop gaming. LARP usually isn’t part of Mythic Quest, however author Ashly Burch (who additionally performs Rachel, a sport tester within the present) finds an natural method to get the characters to decorate in medieval fantasy garb and have interaction in stage fight. In the fiction of the MMO Mythic Quest (which the solid of Mythic Quest is producing) Everlight is a vacation meant to indicate shifting on after a foul season and embracing a vibrant new way forward for optimism. Every yr, the Mythic Quest workforce celebrates that vacation by LARPing the celebration of their workplace, the central occasion being a event the place the workers members “fight” for the dignity of pulling an enchanted sword from a tree and bringing mild again to the land.
It’s actually all very candy. Even although Mythic Quest comes from most of the similar creators because the profoundly imply present It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, each the common season and the Everlight particular are genuinely enamored with the individuals who make and play video video games. With Everlight’s give attention to LARPing, the present’s coronary heart will get just a bit larger. The collection is extraordinarily devoted to creating the pastime look enjoyable and interesting, even going as far as constructing a dramatic confrontation that makes use of particular results to slide into the characters’ imaginations and depict a gripping fantasy battle. It guidelines.
But what makes Everlight sing is the best way it’s all rooted in one thing notably actual — the anxiousness round returning to work and placing on a courageous face for a “normal” that isn’t even fully right here but. Throughout the particular, co-leads Ian Grimm (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao) debate the aim of the Everlight LARP — Ian says it’s for morale, and Poppy thinks it’s for pure competitors. They don’t discover a solution till they cease being bosses and begin being colleagues, taking part for a similar motive their staff do: as a result of it’s enjoyable, and since it permits folks to attach with each other.
Everlight is Mythic Quest in microcosm, selecting one facet of gaming tradition to dial as much as 11 and spinning comedy out of it that in the end has little or no to do with gaming, and all the pieces to do with folks. The final yr was exhausting, and we may all use a win. It’s fully attainable that the world received’t give us one, but when all of us come collectively, possibly we are able to LARP our method to that win, and construct a greater, newer regular.
Mythic Quest: Everlight is now streaming on Apple TV Plus.