Episode #42 – Sassy Little Dodo

Prophecy Radio episode #42 does a Monster Guide on Medusa, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous (and interesting) creatures. The hosts also tackle the latest news, including the trailer for Walker Scobell’s new movie Secret Headquarters, as well as read Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters 17 and 18. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.

News and Updates (00:02:46)

Monster Guide: Medusa (00:09:55)

  • We’ve talked a little bit about Medusa before, but let’s do a refresher on her origins.
  • But what about Perseus? What do we know about him?
  • Life hack: Do not swear on the River Styx.
  • It’s hard enough to get ONE god’s attention, but Perseus was working with, like, four of them.
  • Is it fair that everyone was always trying to kill the Gorgons?
  • Why didn’t Athena just lift the curse herself???
  • Should the gods be more merciful and able to show weakness?
  • What if Medusa’s head could turn people into any kind of stone you wanted?
  • How long was Medusa alive after she was turned into a monster?
  • Some of these questions are outside the scope of this podcast.
  • If you thought being pregnant for nine months was long enough…
  • So, Percy is related to Blackjack in a very interesting way.
  • Do we still feel bad for Medusa?
  • Why were people so scared of her if she never left her cave!?
  • Is there any sort of historical context that could have given birth to this myth?
  • How do we feel about Freud’s psychoanalysis of Medusa’s story?
  • What about modern feminist interpretations and what kind of symbol she’s become?
  • If Medusa didn’t consent to Poseidon’s advances, would that explain why she doesn’t kill women in any of the myths?
  • Do you have any further reading regarding Medusa’s transformation into a feminist icon?
  • You can always rely on good old nihilism to put a little pep in your step.
  • If you liked listening to our chat about Medusa, go check out the Medusa episode of the Monstrous Woman Podcast.
  • It’s so interesting how Medusa went from a monstrous woman to a beautiful femme fatale.

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (00:43:39)

  • Stick around if you want to listen to us talk about Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 17.
  • Look, Karen cried a lot. Please don’t judge her.
  • We’re really trying not to take sides between Annabeth and Percy because they BOTH have very valid feelings.
  • It’s nice to see Annabeth grieving Luke and not just pushing it aside.
  • Thank goodness they decided to go after Grover and Tyson!
  • That scene with Pan was…intense.
  • Why didn’t Pan give Grover proof that they met?
  • Go read The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron!
  • There are also a ton of awesome nature documentaries on Disney+!
  • Make sure you check out America the Beautiful, narrated by Michael B. Jordan.
  • Let’s talk about Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 18.
  • Does Percy have feelings for Rachel Elizabeth Dare?
  • Why is Nico listening to Annabeth all of a sudden?
  • Will anyone on the Council of Cloven Elders believe what Grover saw?
  • We loved that every cabin had a job!!
  • We discuss Chiron’s surprise at Luke and Kronos’ fusion, given what we know about the Kane Chronicles.
  • This battle was INTENSE, and let’s just remember that Percy is only FOURTEEN.
  • Nico is such a badass.
  • Okay, but what was up with Grover’s cry at the end!?
  • Did we feel bad for Daedalus in the end?
  • The implication of all of this and what will happen after IS SO HEAVY.
  • Karen explains the plot of Ghost. …Spoilers?

Feedback (01:27:16)

  • Henry writes in to give us a little more insight into the Daedalus/Perdix/Icarus storyline.
  • Should an entire episode of Percy Jackson and the Olympians be used to explore what happens on Ogygia?
  • Did you know Nina Dobrev played FOUR doppelgangers?

Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 43, in which we’ll react to ILM’s upcoming documentary Light & Magic.

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

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