Violent video games might be beyond parody, but the new series “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet” does a credible job of satirizing the industry that creates them.
Now streaming on Apple TV+, it stars Rob McElhenney (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) as Ian Grimm, the creative director of the titular video game. In a nice touch, Ian and the game are introduced with a sales reel for its new spin-off, narrated with appropriate pomposity by head writer C.W. Longbottom (F. Murray Abraham).
Ian’s “vision” of the game and of himself as its principal author are challenged when lead engineer Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao) introduces a new “tool” for players, namely a shovel that allows them to dig for gold, among other things. The struggle for the shovel’s inclusion does a nice job of illustrating how difficult it can be for women to have their voices heard in the mostly male world of gaming.
Right off the bat, “Mythic” relates two powerful facts about the gaming world. Namely, it generates more profit and commands more engagement than other entertainment artforms, including movies and television, and that, no matter how important games can be, they are mainly affected by the whims of a barely adolescent audience. Here, an obnoxious “influencer” host called Pootie Shoe (Elisha Henig) offers puerile, scatalogical reviews that are make-or-break for any game.
“Mythic Quest” lacks the dark intelligence and bite of HBO’s recently departed “Silicon Valley.” But its characters have far more emotional range than that cerebral satire. After “The Morning Show,” this is the second inside-media series from Apple TV+.
— For those who can’t get enough “Bachelor” distractions, Netflix launches the new reality series “Love is Blind.” Hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, “Blind” invites a bevy of loveless, photogenic 30-somethings to a reality mansion. During the course of the series, launching new episodes during the next three weeks, couples will “meet” without seeing each other.
This blind taste test stems from a revulsion for dating apps in which so much can depend on a headshot.
Netflix essentially has reinvented “The Dating Game,” where potential suitors could interview bachelor No. 1, hidden behind a partition.
TONIGHT’S OTHER HIGHLIGHTS
• Maya is a stern taskmaster on “Station 19” (7 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
• Vanessa seeks campaign advice on “Last Man Standing” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-PG).
• A moving violation on “Outmatched” (7:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— A massive fire leads to a missing girl on “Deputy” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
— A patient’s ailment defies diagnosis on “Grey’s Anatomy” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
— Emotions flare after an officer is killed on “Tommy” (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
— A bureaucrat puts a high price on green cards on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).
— Hugs and tears on “A Million Little Things” (9 p.m., ABC, TV-14).
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