There’s the simple method, the onerous method, and the Mythic Quest method. When you’re speaking a few present with a solid and writers room as stacked as this one, it will have been simple to create one other very humorous but considerably predictable sitcom. Instead Mythic Quest Season 2 stands as one of the crucial insightful explorations into what management and mentorship can — and ought to — appear to be within the office. It’s a should look ahead to anybody who values their profession.
“In the writers room, and even on set, there was a lot of people like, ‘Yeah, I remember. This is triggering,’” sequence co-creator Rob McElhenney informed Decider.
This sincere take a look at what allyship can appear to be is all due to the troublesome conversations that passed off between McElhenney and fellow sequence co-creator Megan Ganz. Both creators and star Charlotte Nicdao, who performs the character Poppy on the present, spoke to Decider about what it was wish to create Poppy’s distinct management path in addition to the real-world conversations that impressed Mythic Quest Season 2’s examination of a office that’s studying to change into extra supportive.
“Season 1, when I came in and I was a total newbie having to work opposite Rob McElhenney, I was like, it’s scary to have scenes written where you’re yelling at your actual boss. But it became clear to me pretty soon that he’s an all right guy,” Nicdao added about their new dynamic. “So it was fun to come into season two as friends and get to play a lot more with that.”
Though its jokes are as humorous as ever, Mythic Quest Season 2 is a far cry from Season 1. Last season largely revolved round Mythic Quest‘s lead engineer Poppy Li (Charlotte Nicdao) feeling unappreciated in her job and blaming most of her frustrations on her boss, Ian (Rob McElhenney). But at the end of the season Ian promoted Poppy to co-creative director, thereby making her just as powerful as him. As rewarding as it was, that promotion doesn’t clear up all of their frustrations. This season Poppy and Ian have much less of a boss and disgruntled co-worker vibe and extra of a relationship that feels prefer it belongs to 2 divorcing mother and father.
“Poppy is really, really good at her job as a programmer,” Nicdao stated. “She’s probably like the best in the world. That’s how I play her, anyway. But I don’t think that she’s a natural leader. The person that she’s always had to look to as a leader is Ian, who she 50 percent of the time hates. I think she’s really trying to figure out what kind of a boss she wants to be and what kind of a boss she can be this season. I hope that the audience will have fun seeing the ways in which she flails a little.”
Though Poppy has undoubtably earned her new title as co-creative director, it comes at a price. Poppy turning into a boss solely comes about as soon as Ian grapples together with his personal ego, and realizes that he can’t make the sport he desires if he has to steer alone. Likewise, a promotion isn’t a panacea for Poppy’s office woes. After turning into the boss she has to return to phrases with what she truly desires her office to appear to be, as an alternative of complaining about what it’s not, and she has to do that with out counting on her favourite excuse: Ian. Mythic Quest by no means seems away from these messy conversations, as an alternative selecting to discover them warts, insecurities, and all.
“Those are the exact conversations that we’re having all day in the writers room and what we’re having on set. They’re just honestly, selfishly, they’re conversations that are interesting to me,” McElhenney defined. “I make a concerted effort to make sure that we hire really young people. Our writers room is exceptionally diverse in terms of people from different backgrounds, gender, ethnicity, places of origin. What I like to try and do is get into their heads and say, ‘Hey, what’s interesting to you?’ I know what’s interesting to me. I have a very myopic view of what life is and what the world is because this is who I am. I’ve always tried to be as open minded as possible. Nevertheless, this is my experience, and this is how I experienced it. I’m getting old. And so I need to make sure that I’m continuing to progress and learn and grow and understand people’s points of view. In doing that, we wind up in really fascinating and interesting conversations. Then I try to figure out ways, we try to figure out ways in which we can then transmute them into actual dialogue and conversations that are happening on the show.”
One of one of the best examples of this transmutation occurs later within the season. At one level Ian and Rachel (Ashly Burch), Mythic Quest‘s always vocal game tester, find themselves alone in a Porsche. That’s when Rachel begins complaining about wanting a seat on the desk. This premise morphs into a very fascinating dive into what mentorship means, what it may possibly appear to be, and the distinction between wanting a management place and understanding what to say upon getting one.
“The conversation that Rachel and I have in the Porsche is born out of a real conversation that the two of us had,” McElhenney revealed. “Ashly is one of our writers. Now this is an extreme version of that conversation, and Ian takes it to a place that of course I would never take it in real life and Ashly does the same. Yet it was born out of something that was really a conversation that we were having in the room.”
But Mythic Quest has its most poignant conversations about energy with regards to Poppy. “We talked a lot about Poppy. Since we originally created that character, we wanted to make sure that she wasn’t the woman coming in every room and being the voice of reason and telling the guys to stop having fun,” Ganz stated. “So we built her character to have a lot of ego of her own and a lot of her own foibles. The whole first season she thinks that all of her problems are that Ian is in charge, and she’s not. And so it was really fun this year to explore what happens when somebody takes away your excuse for why everything isn’t the way you want it to be. Suddenly she’s in charge. We get to see the ways in which she maybe isn’t as good of a boss as she thought she would be and she has her own ego to wrestle with. Also just what do you do when you’ve always had one person, like Ian, who was always able to be the decider in everything and say, ‘No, we’re doing it this way’? Now they’re equals. So there was a lot of butting heads, and who is the person that the tie breaks?”
“That was very fun to get to play as well, to allow this character’s ego to finally run rampant without anyone telling her to sit down,” Nicdao stated. “I mean, you see that she’s a little bit of a jerk in Season 1. But I think in Season 2 you really see how much of a jerk Poppy can be.”
Nicdao credited her glorious efficiency this season to the office McElhenney and Ganz have created. “I also just want to say, to what Rob is saying about that environment on set behind the scenes, it really is one of the most collaborative environments I’ve ever been able to work in. I think all of us are so grateful that both Rob and Megan have been such incredible mentors, not just in terms of what we’re doing as actors, but in terms of allowing us to peek behind the curtain of so many different elements of the way that this show is run and that’s so unusual,” Nicdao stated. “I feel very, very lucky to be in a workplace like that.”
Making this collaborative atmosphere that prioritizes variety and listening wasn’t an act of kindness on the creators’ components. It was a approach to get one of the best present doable out of this crew. “What I think that it gets lost in a lot of these conversations is that when people think about that, and the environment that Meg and I worked really hard to create and continue to foster is that they think, ‘Oh, well, then maybe that’s just like an altruistic move by the boss or bosses or whatever,’” McElhenney stated. “Sure, there’s an aspect of it. That’s like, yes, we want to do something that we believe is ethically right because that’s the kind of people we are and also we want to create bosses in the future who can then continue to pay that forward.”
“But it’s a reciprocal relationship. The more you involve people in the creative process, the more you’re going to get out of them and, in the process, the whole show is going to wind up being better,” McElhenney continued. Actors have been routinely introduced into the writers room to raised perceive the motivations of their characters. And if these actors had concepts, the room made certain to pay attention. “Then it becomes a much more rich and dynamic narrative. Because it’s not just me with a computer being like, ‘And then the young, Black gay woman from LA says …’ That has traditionally been what it’s been. Literally somebody like me just making up a line and being like, ‘I guess.’ Forget whether it’s ethically right or not, which we already know the answer to that. It doesn’t make the best product. The best product is going to be made by including people in that process. Not only including, but welcoming them as partners to create it together.”
The first two episodes of Mythic Quest Season 2 are at present on Apple TV+. New episodes will premiere Fridays.