Our favorite wacky workplace comedy is back for another season. Mythic Quest, the LGBTQ-friendly Apple TV series that takes you behind the scenes of fictional uber-popular video game Raven’s Banquet returns today for season 2 — and we’re hoping it will re-ignite a couple of burgeoning romances that left us wanting more at the end of season 1.
Though the sexual tension between office top dogs Ian (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Robert McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao of Content and Thor: Ragnarok) is certainly intriguing, queer fans are especially excited about the budding lesbian romance between game testers Rachel and Dana (played by Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim, respectively). Burch says the pandemic increased the chemistry between the two actors by bringing them closer as friends.
“It's so interesting — we came back to season 2 after the pandemic hit because [the other cast members and I] had already been close during season 1,” Burch recently told CPR.com. “But we really, really bonded over lots of Zoom hangouts during the pandemic, and so it was interesting because we were already close but we came back to set basically as best friends. It's cool because you can see it on-screen — we didn't do it for this reason — but as Dana and Rachel's relationship changed and shifted, Imani and I had already gotten closer just as people.”
Hakim echoes Burch’s comments. “Yeah, Ash said it so beautifully,” she told CPR.com. “You can't fake the funk; I mean, you can, but sometimes you can tell. It's just refreshing to have a wonderful scene partner where I don't really have to fake it; I love her! It's just a safe space. Like you said, we're a romantic storyline, we're doing the most intimate things for storytelling, and you just want to feel safe with your scene partner. I have that with Ashly and it shows.”
Emmy-winner Burch also recently put on her writer’s hat and worked behind the scenes on a special “stand-alone” episode entitled Mystic Quest: Everlight, which featured a voice cameo from Sir Anthony Hopkins himself. The half-hour special episode was directed by star, co-creator, and executive producer McElhenney.
Mystic Quest season 2 premieres tonight at midnight and also stars Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham as eccentric story writer C.W. Longbottom. Check out an exclusive clip from the season below: