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“Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” live-action review

With the recent conclusion of the Disney+ adaptation of the beloved “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” book, Josie, Vera and Nicole discuss their thoughts on the show’s changes to the original plot, casting and dialogue.
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Vera Tanas
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians” can be watched on Disney+

Based on the popular 2005 YA book series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” has been a long-awaited TV adaption that can now be viewed on Disney+. The show follows a 12-year-old Percy Jackson, who has always had a difficult time fitting in with his peers, who then finds himself at the center of a great quarrel between the same Greek mythological gods he’s studied in class. With the new discovery of his divine fate as a demigod and son of Poseidon, he must learn to tackle great power and responsibility as he struggles to retain peace on Mount Olympus. 

After the notorious disaster of a movie adaptation, does the show redeem itself? Does it do justice to the original source material? With season two recently greenlit, it’s time to deliberate whether season one has reached fans’ expectations and whether it has the potential to reinstate itself as the next big YA hit. Season one has already shown noticeable changes in writing and characters, which has some fans divided, but the only question is whether it elevates the original plot or not. 

Vera Tanas ‘25, Josie Schwartz ‘25 and Nicole Lee ‘24, all with differing expertise on the Riordanverse, a phrase coined the refer to the works of writer Rick Riordan, whose books series based on different kinds of mythology and pantheon of gods are set in the same universe, discuss their thoughts episode-by-episode. 

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Vera Tanas
Vera Tanas, Copy Editor
(she/her) Vera Tanas is a junior, and this is her second year on staff. She is the copy editor and art editor for the West Side Story website. Outside of journalism, Vera enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, working on art projects and spending time outdoors.
Josephine Schwartz
Josephine Schwartz, Photo Editor
(She/they) Josie Schwartz is a junior, and this is her second year on staff, but her first year in Broadcast. She’s a photographer and a reporter. In her free time, she grapples with the extreme pressure of being right all the time. She also likes to listen to music.
Nicole Lee
Nicole Lee, Opinion Editor
(she/her) Nicole is a senior and in her third year on staff and second year as opinion editor. You can usually spot her walking down the hall wearing her yellow Doc Martens, listening to Belle and Sebastian. Her interests includes watching niche movies and ignoring her to-be-read list.
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