‘Mythic Quest’ Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: ‘The Two Joes’

‘Mythic Quest’ Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: ‘The Two Joes’

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One of the greatest joys of watching a sitcom over the years is seeing how the characters get to know each other outside of the more obvious groups. In most of the best sitcoms, the characters are developed so well that either one you can think of has its own distinctive dynamic; Jeff Winger’s Communityfor example, she has specific relationships with all the other members of the study group, not just her main love interests.

In the second season, mythical mission began to incorporate more creative pairings of characters; Rather than isolate Dana and Rachel in the evidence room for most of the season, for example, the writers allowed them to mingle with the rest of the cast, especially Ian and Poppy. “The Two Joes” also spends time with some new partnerships, deepening Ian and Dana’s new bond and finally giving Rachel and Brad something to do by bringing them together.

That last story is particularly helpful, as both Rachel and Brad have been a bit off-kilter so far this season. We learn early on in “The Two Joes” that Brad’s NFT plan backfired, an outcome that Rachel could have predicted; she has real gaming experience and an eye for how players would react. Hearing her ideas is enough for Brad to realize that he has value after all; he convinces her to visit the art team and suggest a new project, a prize players can win instead of some mindless NFT money.

It’s still unclear what exactly Rachel’s role will be in Mythic Quest, if she continues to work on this project. But whether she stays at Berkeley or not, her reintegration into the workplace is a good step to keep this ensemble together. Ashly Burch’s wide-eyed alarm pairs well with Brad’s shade, and I’m curious to see if her plans push her over to the dark side.

Dana and Ian, on the other hand, have no ulterior motives for hanging out; they’re just natural friends, with a shared interest in the metaverse and augmented reality technology. If Poppy annoys Dana in every way, shrugging her off and keeping her busy with meaningless chores, Ian at least gives her some respect and lets her have her fun. And as the episode progresses, both Most of them are surprised at how much they have in common. “That’s weird,” Ian says at one point. “That’s almost exactly what he would have said at the time.” And Dana not only understands Ian’s references, but also makes them herself, surprising him by mentioning field of dreams. She is everything that Poppy is not, something I hope to bring up again later.

Poppy gives Dana a chance to play her new Hera prototype, but Dana makes it clear that she’s done as a tester; that’s not what Poppy hired her for. So Poppy consults the two new MQ testers, who give her much more offensive comments: his game is technically perfect, but it’s not fun.

It’s a great ending to an episode, one that reminded me a bit of Silicon Valley. We know Poppy has worked hard over the past year and we know she’s a brilliant coder, but we don’t really know anything about the game itself, other than the ideas she used for her Mythic Quest expansion last season. The idea of ​​Poppy’s game being “technically perfect but not fun” is hit or miss, but it makes a lot of sense and opens up a lot of potential directions for her story, especially as it relates to her new dynamic with Ian.

“The Two Joes” introduces a new couple and expands on a recent one, but also allows us to spend some time with David and Jo, one of the series’ central relationships. This boss-assistant dynamic has changed radically over the course of the show, but in season three, they’re in a better place than ever, with Jo finally respecting and wanting to impress David. And despite her ever-present stupidity, it’s easy to see why. The guy is putting his money where his mouth is in regards to the “Brittlesbee year” he announced last week, garnering the attention of Joe Manganiello for the lead role in the movie Mythic Quest. Joe even wants to talk about it over lunch today.

Somehow, this story continues. last weeks topic, pushing Jo out of her comfort zone and leading her to be a bit more open-minded. This time, she has to overcome some serious prejudices about working in Hollywood; at one point, she humorously bites her tongue so hard that she bleeds to contain her feelings about it. But she puts her feelings aside and steps up when David gets stuck in Cerritos traffic, leaving her stranded at lunch alone with Mr. Sofía Vergara.

Manganiello makes a great self-parodying guest star, hopefully a recurring character, with his extreme MQ nerdiness and eccentric ideas about the Masked Man. And it makes sense that Jo can’t help but be charmed by her friendship with a golden retriever, even with the stress of David fueling her lines. (She Helps That She Looks Like Joe Manganiello.) headset conversation It may be an old sitcom trope, but it’s reliable for a reason; Jo is inevitably forced to tell the truth about David’s absence and win Joe over with her own intelligence. Of course, she is still ultimately lying, telling Joe that David recently lost his wife. But what matters is that Jo improvised and salvaged a deal that could have fallen flat. In fact, at the end, Joe wants to meet with David and talk about the script.

Jo’s last murmur of pride about being a Hollywood producer: sorry, attendee Producer: It’s another parallel to the last episode, when he was surprised at his new found success in making friends. Until recently, going to lunch with friends was an alien concept to Jo, but she made a change; she is now even giving in to her disdain for Hollywood. This Jo is not the same as the Jo from the first season. She is a little more human.

As is often the case, “The Two Joes” doesn’t end with an overdose of sentiment. But David and Jo’s final interaction remains sweet and unusual for them, and there’s a genuine affection on both sides that would have been surprising even a season ago. Like the third season in general so far, this is an episode that thrives on novelty. But while it’s important to introduce new relationships, it’s just as important to celebrate how far older ones have come.

• Brad technically secures David’s “permission” to order Phil around by tricking him into verbally approving of Brad and Rachel’s authority over the phone. It’s a very funny comedy of errors, with David, Jo, Phil and Brad on the line and Joe Manganiello very confused.

• My favorite line of the episode might be to Joe Manganiello during that scene, when he reacts to Jo’s lie about Brad Pitt with, “You know he’s five and eight, right? Hire a five-eight actor, get a five-eight performance.” (Of course, Pitt is No five and eight; he is five foot 11, which makes him much shorter than Manganiello).

• I see why Rachel’s NFT comments caught Brad’s attention, but Sue warned him and Carol how the players would respond in the last episode. Always listen to Sue.

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