I have been working as a film journalist since 2010, dividing the first four years between radio broadcasting and entertainment writing in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. In 2014, I entered Fresh Fiction (FreshFiction.tv) as the features editor. The following year, I stepped into the film critic position at the Denton Record-Chronicle, a daily North Texas print publication. My time is dedicated to writing theatrical film reviews, at-home entertainment columns, and conducting interviews with on-screen talent and filmmakers, as well as hosting a podcast devoted to genre filmmaking (called My Bloody Podcast). I've been married for seven happy years, and I have one son who is all about dinosaurs just like his dad.
Preston Barta // Features Editor
It’s in our nature to express ourselves through creative endeavors and share them with others. Creativity is in our blood, and cinematic and televised entertainment is a perfect avenue to explore the method, the origins of inspiration, and the overall struggle to bring them to fruition.
The incredible Apple Original series, Mythic Quest, is one such vehicle that encapsulates the process and takes it into some hilarious and moving directions.
Created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz (of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Community fame), Mythic Quest revolves around the gaming world. It’s the blood, sweat, tears, and hijinks involved in making and maintaining a popular multiplayer game.
Premiering today, Season 2 sees the team behind the titular game (including McElhenney, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, and F. Murray Abraham) attempting to build upon its success by launching a new expansion. Egos clash like mighty swords in the heat of battle as they all wrestle with the game’s direction. Events and people within the characters’ rear views surface again to test them and elevate the audience’s fun.
Ahead of the two-episode premiere (of the nine-episode second run), Fresh Fiction sat down with the cast and showrunners of Mythic Quest via Zoom Video. We chat about what can be learned from the characters’ creative processes, struggles, and relationships.
Watch the four separate video interviews below, and catch Mythic Quest this weekend on Apple TV+. New episodes unleash every Friday following the premiere.