Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet (Season 1) (2020)

Somewhere between the mainstream structure of a broadcast sitcom and the liberties afforded to creators by streaming platforms, “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” has a distinct, striking visual identity that’s well supported by solid comedic writing and solid character development, even as it takes a few episodes to find its groove. Over the first three or four episodes, I often felt like I had missed something and wasn’t always sure what was going on, which led to a lot of back-and-forthing to remind myself of who the characters are and what their dynamics are to each other before I felt fully grounded. Luckily, the fifth episode is a terrific stand-alone episode about the former owners of the real player game office space, who were also video game developers, and it’s so well-written, directed and acted (in particular by Jake Johnson, who does some career-best work), and relates back to the show so effectively that it goes a long way towards grounding the show itself. Ultimately it’s the kind of show that takes some patience, but by the end of the season, it’s gotten you on its side before you knew it.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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