Episode #25 – Clash at a Titan

Welcome to Prophecy Radio, a Percy Jackson podcast dedicated to all of Rick Riordan’s past, present, and future projects! Co-hosts Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz discuss the latest news in the Percy Jackson/Rick Riordan Presents fandom, then talk about their favorite movies and television shows based on Greek mythology, as well as read Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse chapters 7 and 8. New episodes of Prophecy Radio will air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and Updates (00:01:31)

  • We’re having a quarter-life crisis. But also: am baby.
  • Not a ton of news this week, but that’s okay because a lot has been happening recently!
  • Becky told us where Rick first learned to scuba dive and what project he was working at the time.
  • A lovely listener also sent us this article from 2001 detailing the experience.
  • Then we debate the merits of snorkeling and whether sharks and puppies are the same thing.
  • Did you read the Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality sneak peek?
  • Next, we take some time to do the Nine Worlds quiz on air.
  • Be sure to tell us what you got, too!

Movies and TV based on Greek mythology (00:22:12)

  • We had to expand this section to include television, AND THAT’S OKAY.
  • Karen kicks us off with Hercules, even though she forgot it existed.
  • Kristen is full of fun facts today, including a heartwarming story about Danny DeVito.
  • We really love the songs in Hercules, and Hades is just so charismatic.
  • Kristen switches tones with her first pick: Immortals.
  • We might be in disagreement about how we feel about this movie, but we definitely agree the cast is stellar.
  • Kristen is still mad Luke Evans wasn’t nominated for Beauty and the Beast.
  • We just HAD to include Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • And Karen found out this show has some significant connections to a few other properties she loves.
  • Most of this episode is just us convincing each other to watch things.
  • Sorry, Karl Urban. At least you’re a very handsome man.
  • Next up: 300.
  • Kristen has strong feelings about Zack Snyder.
  • We take a little time to do some Gerard Butler appreciation.
  • Karen wants everyone to know about Blood of Zeus, especially if you’re a Percy Jackson fan.
  • This one also has an interesting connection to Immortals!
  • Animation for the win!
  • Kristen picks Troy for her last movie, and Karen shares her viewing experience of the film.
  • Shout-out to Air Force One.
  • That Troy cast, though.
  • Kristen sends Karen a very unsubtle message.
  • Kristen’s got some runners-up, but they’re not all winners.
  • There is room for some modern adaptations of Greek mythology, so let’s go, Hollywood!

Chapter Reviews (01:14:10)

  • Okay, let’s get ready for Titan’s Curse chapter 7.
  • Would Grover choose Artemis or Pan?
  • Zoë is very intense.
  • Does Mr. D actually care about the campers?
  • Don’t be embarrassed, Percy!
  • Is Zoë a good leader?
  • Why do all these sage older mentors never share pertinent information!?
  • Not going on this quest is…kind of a good thing?
  • Is Sally’s support of Percy’s journey realistic? Does she have ulterior motives?
  • Prophecy Count: 14
  • Luke will definitely make more bad choices.
  • What does Blackjack sound like, and who could voice him?
  • Let’s talk about Titan’s Curse chapter 8 and all of Percy’s bad decisions.
  • Is Bessie cute even though she has a snake butt?
  • We super do not trust Zoë just yet.
  • Trying to manipulate a prophecy is not going to end in your favor.
  • Making dangerous promises probably will not also end in your favor.
  • We’re so glad Blackjack is an active part of this story now.

Feedback (01:47:22)

  • What is your preferred episode length?
  • Henry linked us to the Production Weekly page about Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians‘ start and end dates.
  • Who’d be the best god at editing podcasts?
  • Thank you for the lovely email, Caoimhe!
  • Should we do a Harry Potter/Percy Jackson crossover episode?

Thanks for listening, and be sure to tune in next time for episode 26, where we’ll have some fun Aru Shah things for you.

This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.

Each episode, our Prophecy Radio hosts and their guests will keep you up to date on the latest information coming out of Camp Half-Blood, including upcoming books and adaptation news, discuss a topic of choice, and do a chapter by chapter reread of the Percy Jackson series.

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