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 (including the casting of Annabeth and Grover), then do a deep dive on Hades, god of the Underworld (plus fancast him for Percy Jackson and the Olympians), as well as finish out Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse with chapters 19 and 20. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and Updates (00:01:31)
- #BattleOfTheLabyrinthWeek is wrapping up, just in time for #LastOlympianWeek!
- May 3 saw a lot of book releases, including Francis Discovers Possible by Ashlee Latimer and Ballad & Dagger by Daniel José Older.
- Read Karen’s Ballad & Dagger book review.
- You can also go to Read Riordan to find Rick’s introduction to Ballad & Dagger.
- You can also now buy the Percy Jackson books with covers by Victo Ngai.
- That Hashtag Show reported casting information for Clarisse La Rue and Nancy Bobofit.
- In Rick’s May 5 blog post, he tells us…THE TRIO IS COMPLETE.
- Please welcome Aryan Simhadri as Grover!
- Have you seen Cheaper By the Dozen on Disney+? Because we haven’t.
- Aryan seems like such a cool kid, and everything about him screams Grover.
- Also welcome Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth!
- She’s had some pretty major roles, too!
- Remember, according to Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan, Leah is exactly the way he always imagined Annabeth.
- Let’s just talk about it: There’s been a lot of vitriol surrounding Annabeth’s casting, and it seems clear why.
- Our listeners are great, but we just want to remind people of the #PJOCastDeservesRespect campaign anyway.
- If Rick is happy, we’re happy.
- The artwork of the trio is already so good!
- We have an official Twitter and Instagram account for the show!
- Becky says the fans scooped up all the good handles lol.
- Make sure you check out #PJOSeriesArt.
Deep Dive: Hades (00:32:16)
- There is a lot to discuss when it comes to Hades.
- Do we feel bad for Hades?
- Zeus is such a butt face.
- Did he rig the game when they were picking their domains?
- There are SO many Hades and Persephone retellings, so go looking for them!
- Persephone eating those pomegranate seeds was a super big deal.
- Hades was a decent guy…for a god.
- Zeus straight up just complicated everything.
- Hades needs to go to Kidnappers Anonymous.
- But even his affairs weren’t as bad as, say, Zeus’.
- It’s interesting to see how the Underworld has evolved over time.
- And especially amazing to see how he figured out the best way to communicate new death rites to the human race.
- Did you know Cerberus was a DOG SNAKE?
- What does Hades look like in the Percy Jackson series?
- Karen and Kristen get hung up on the word bident.
- Hades has a lot of abilities. Like a lot a lot.
- Umbrakinesis is a cool power and more superheroes should have it.
- We want Mythomagic to be real!
- Hades is actually a pretty hard worker, which is probably a good thing.
- It’s FINALLY time for our Hades casting.
- Karen’s got jokes.
- But her first pick is actually someone we’ve talked about before.
- Kristen’s first choice is someone who has the ability to truly become the character they’re portraying.
- Karen’s second pick might be kind of obvious, but he’d be SO GOOD.
- Kristen’s next choice is NO JOKE. Just think about it.
- Karen’s third choice has been in the running for a few others, but she’s finally decided to go for it.
- Kristen’s third pick is a combo package, and both people can totally pull off pale.
- Karen picked a pretty wholesome looking guy for her last choice, but she thinks it could work!
- Kristen cannot be stopped, and she’s got TWO more candidates for Hades left.
- Shout-out to Alan Rickman for being our dream pick, though.
- If you’re looking for a classically handsome Hades, Kristen’s got the actor for you.
- Kristen’s number one choice gives serious Alan Rickman vibes, so he’d be perfect!
- We also had a couple listeners write in with their own Hades fancasts!
Chapter Reviews (01:41:16)
- It’s time to finish up this book, starting with Titan’s Curse chapter 19!
- This book is pretty pivotal to the entire Percy Jackson series.
- We meet some gods we haven’t seen before!
- Is Athena’s fatal flaw her lack of emotion?
- There are some really fantastic Percabeth moments in these chapters.
- Did it make sense that Thalia joined the Hunters?
- Percy Jackson is The One.
- Why did Ares want to destroy the ophiotaurus?
- The way the music worked was pretty cool.
- We learn what Percy’s fatal flaw is, and…it makes a lot of sense, tbh.
- Percy and Annabeth finally get their moment!
- They have gray streaks that *match* exactly.
- It’s time to talk about Titan’s Curse chapter 20.
- PROTECT TYSON AT ALL COSTS.
- Percy and Tyson’s relationship has come so far.
- And can we just talk about how mature Percy is!?
- Who’s more terrifying, Ares or Aphrodite?
- We get an update on pretty much everyone.
- Why did they wait to tell Nico about Bianca until Percy got there?
- Hello Nico di Angelo, son of Hades!
- We only got ONE hint about the di Angelos’ lineage—did you catch it?
- Percy taking on the prophecy is…heavy.
- It’s awesome that we’re still talking about Pan, even in the third book.
- That’s a wrap! We’re so excited about Battle of the Labyrinth!
- Will we ever discuss what kind of music we would like to see in the show?
- When will this show take place?
- It’s so fun when new people find us!
- Keep reading the Rick Riordan Presents books!!
- We also got another Ares fancast, and Karen gives everyone her true reactions.
- Thanks to Henry for his correction about Chris Wood!
Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 32, where we’ll discuss the short story “Percy Jackson and the Stolen Chariot” (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) from the Demigod Files.
This episode’s hosts are: Karen Rought and Kristen Kranz.
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