Episode #35 – Woo Girl

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 try (and fail) to get through the rest of their fancasts before any official announcements, as well as review Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters 5 and 6. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and Updates (00:02:20)

  • Filming began the day we recorded this—June 2!
  • Becky says she saw some of the test shots, and Annabeth looks great.
  • According to Knight Edge Media, Simon Chin has been cast in a minor role, so we speculate about who he could be.
  • Some of the Percy Jackson crew worked on another show called The Old Man, which will stream on Hulu.
  • Kristen gets up on her soapbox for a moment about shows related to drugs.
  • Don’t worry, we get back to the Percy Jackson-related fare pretty quickly with Aryan Simhadri’s upcoming project, Trevor: The Musical, which will stream on Disney+.
  • Have you read the highlights from Rick Riordan and Daniel José Older’s Instagram Live over on Read Riordan?
  • HUGE congratulations to Graci Kim for hitting the NYT bestelling paperbacks list for The Last Fallen Star.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians final fancasting (00:13:20)

  • We’re trying to fit in as many fancasts as we can before they do an official announcement! (Edit: We failed.)
  • We’re still rooting for Melissa Ponzio as Sally Jackson, but we’ve got a few contenders as far as warm motherly figures go.
  • Karen really struggled with finding someone for Gabe, but after a moment’s hesitation, the floodgates opened for Kristen.
  • Both of us have trouble imagining what Nancy Bobafit looks like, but Karen had the idea to do a bit of stunt casting for this role. What do you think?
  • Mrs. Dodds needs to be that ancient, sinister math teacher whose classroom you never want to visit.
  • The only problem is that everyone in Hollywood is beautiful!
  • If there’s one thing for sure, Chiron needs to be able to pull off tweed.
  • Karen can’t take credit, but we know the perfect person to play Mr. D.
  • But Kristen’s pick is also pretty fantastic.
  • Somehow, we both managed to pick the same person for Clarisse.
  • But, like, SHE WOULD BE PERFECT.
  • Okay, Karen’s pick for Luke is a little different, but hear her out!
  • Kristen’s pick looks a lot like how we picture Luke, though.
  • Medusa could be another great role for some stunt casting, and we agree she should be played by an actress with super curly hair.
  • Last but certainly not least, we’ve got Charon.
  • He’s canonically a Black man, so we’d want to see them stick with an actor who can fill that role, but we’ve got some alternatives, too.
  • Check out our Percy Jackson and the Olympians casting page!

Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (01:01:25)

  • It’s time to talk about Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 5!
  • Kristen felt the need to clarify what Nico uses to raise the dead.
  • We’re already up to Prophecy Count #18!
  • Uhhh, Luke is a little too powerful right now.
  • And Kelli remains super creepy.
  • How does this whole fountain thing work?
  • What does it mean that Nico is looking for a second opinion?
  • We get to meet THE Theseus.
  • Why did the fountain image glow so brightly??
  • Percy needs to go eat a Happy Meal RIGHT NOW.
  • Thank goodness Chiron doesn’t trust Quintus either.
  • Now it’s time for Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 6.
  • Is this opening scene about Roman gods and architecture a hint to Heroes of Olympus?
  • How do you pronounce Janus?
  • Shout out to Buffy episode 2×06!
  • What are Janus’ pronouns??
  • Is everyone else afraid of Hera? If not, you should be.
  • Why did Annabeth rush through her wish!?
  • What does Percy know!?
  • Grover is probably glad Tyson is around after all.
  • And Annabeth really needs to stop telling the Labyrinth everything on her mind.

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 36, where we’ll discuss The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim, as well as interview the author herself!

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

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