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Disney’s ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Delivers a Mythical Marvel

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Graphic by Mia Jong
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” premiered on Dec. 19, releasing weekly episodes until Jan. 30. The series is incredibly faithful to the book, only having subtle changes to accommodate for the pacing of a TV show. To ensure a seamless adaptation, Rick Riordan, the author of the books, was an executive producer and had unique input for how his writing would translate to the screen, according to Disney+.

“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” is a lightning bolt of excitement for Disney+ and Hulu viewers alike, proving that Greek myths from more than 2,700 years ago and family drama are a binge-worthy combination. Not only does the plot deliver a message with care and sensitivity, but it also honors Rick Riordan’s beloved book series which it is based upon, being the screen adaptation fans were waiting for, especially after the infamously underdeveloped Percy Jackson movies of the 2010s. 

Viewers follow the journey of 12-year-old Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell) as he dives into the intersection of the modern world with demigods and monsters. Within a week, Percy’s life radically changes after he discovers that his father is Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. He is soon forced to embark on a quest to prevent an impending war among the gods, forging unlikely friendships with Annabeth Chase (Leah Jeffries) and Grover Underwood (Aryan Simhadri). 

Throughout the series, the growing chemistry between the characters draws audiences into the storyline, with relationships playing at the forefront of the narrative. Initially, the trio is distant from each other, with Percy only choosing to pursue his quest with Annabeth and Grover as a calculated move to increase his chance of survival. However, the characters soon dismantle their emotional guards, revealing their true identities. 

Scobell perfectly captures Percy’s witty attitude and sassy quips, bouncing off of Annabeth’s calm composure and Grover’s lighthearted naivety. By the end of the series, the trio displays moments of genuine emotion and comic relief, creating a seamless blend of seriousness with a dash of light-hearted fun as if they had known each other forever. 

Percy’s introduction to the mythical world of Greek mythology allows the viewers to learn about the rules of his world without being overwhelmed, and the show examines the morals of old legends through the contemporary lens of today’s society without excessive expository dialogues. This delicate balance of context showcases a respect for the audience as the series neither over-explains into tedium nor leaves any essential details unexplored. 

Furthermore, the series elevates the fantastical elements of the original books with CGI effects that bring the seemingly impossible descriptions to life on screen. These visuals enhance the action scenes, adding intensity and immersing the viewer in the wonder at the heart of the series. 

Many book-to-show adaptations typically have stark differences, as directors omit details or add scenes that deviate from the novel. However, within the TV series, the few scenes that were inserted only build on the narrative, giving insight into multiple perspectives and the motivations of each character. 

Overall, the new series exceeds the fervent wishes of many Percy Jackson fans by bringing justice to a long-awaited screen adaptation. The series captures the essence of the original books, preserving the incredible storyline, while also adding nuance to enhance the entertainment factor. The result is a masterful adaptation that satisfies the fandom and elevates the beloved tale for new audiences’ enjoyment. 

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Olivia Ganes, Staff Writer
Olivia Ganes is a staff writer for her first year on the Portola Pilot. She’s excited to see the different types of stories and issues her and her fellow members produce this year. Her favorite part of the Pilot is taking pictures of sports events. When she’s not stressing out trying to finish her math homework in the last 10 minutes of class, you can find her listening to Daniel Caesar on full blast in the back of the room with her best friend, Nina.
Mia Jong, Centerspread Editor
Mia Jong is the Centerspread Editor and Features Photo Editor for her second year on the Portola Pilot. She loves to create, whether it be with a paintbrush and canvas or a pen and paper, and she can’t wait to write more stories with her fellow Pilot members. In her free time, you can find her chucking onions in the game Overcooked, scrolling through StackOverflow forums to fix her code, creating sticker designs, and watching Pixar movies. She believes everyone has a unique story to tell and hopes to give a voice to the Portola community through her writing.
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