Percy Jackson and the Olympians Review

Hello Readers,

It’s been a month since the season finally aired and this review is going to contain spoilers. I adored this series it was everything I could have wanted in a screen adaption I think this is because Rick Riordan was so hands on. I have no rights to the poster image below (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30 under use for a review).

This series has not only inspired me to reread the Percy Jackson series reignited my love for ancient Greece to the point I have read enough books to do a whole month of Greek Mythology books. I hope you enjoy Greek Mythology March. I did reread the first book just before the series was released and I am such a nerd that noticed the episode titles were chapter titles and my little black heart couldn’t take it.  

I think it’s my age dear Reader but seeing Walker Scobell as Percy was a completely different feeling to when I saw Logan Lerman. This isn’t shade to Logan or the films as I like both of them but seeing Walker was like oh, he’s just a baby the poor thing is in for so much and as much as I want to, I can't change his story.  Slight spoiler dear Reader but the cannon and confirmation by showrunners of hearing “Bianca” in “We Take a Zebra to Vegas” just broke my heart poor baby Nico.

The books are steeped in family and friendship, and without the right casting, all of that could’ve been lost and was a concern I had when found out the books were getting a tv series. In my opinion I think that every member of the cast is perfect for their role whoever cast Jason Mantzoukas as Mr. D needs a raise. The main three of Percy, Grover, and Annabeth were simply perfect and its clear they have great chemistry together which is important for these rolls.

I know that some people haven’t liked this adaption of the book and obviously that’s okay. For me this is kind of how book to screen adaptions should be done. It’s clear this series has been made with love and care for the source material and is a genuine retelling of The Lightning Thief that has been updated slightly from when the books were published.

While the writers have stuck closely to the source material, the third episode (‘We Visit the Garden Gnome Emporium’) marks the biggest change. This is a change I am grateful for as this episode gives us a fascinating glimpse at the tragedy of Medusa. I am over Medusa being a monster she never was. I loved the change in her portrayal as her motivation in wanting to ‘aid’ Percy have changed and it better into the key themes of the series, where we start to question the gods’ murky motives and morality.

There are so many bits from this series that live rent free in my head

  • Cerberus
  • Mr D
  • Annabeth’s look of betrayal
  • Grover is my spirit animal
  • The box
  • Hermes
  • Hephaestus

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