An Action Packed Series Following The Intense Adventures Of Percy Featuring A Talented Young Cast
Published: January 20, 2024
By: Avalon N., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Percy Jackson is on a dangerous quest. Outrunning monsters and outwitting gods, he must journey across America to return Zeus’ master bolt and stop an all-out war. After losing his mother, Percy is sheltered at Camp Half-Blood, a sanctuary for demigod children. He must prove himself and confront his origins once he discovers he too is a demigod and will take off into the perils of pursuing enemies in search of the Underworld. With the help of his quest mates Annabeth and Grover, Percy’s journey will lead him closer to the answers he seeks: how to fit into a world where he feels out of place, if he’ll ever see his mother again, and if he can ever find out who he’s destined to be.
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Avalon N. comments, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a phenomenally executed TV series based on the first book in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. One of its highlights is that it features a young, yet talented, cast.”
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is a phenomenally executed TV series based on the first book in the Percy Jackson series written by Rick Riordan. One of its highlights is that it features a young, yet talented, cast.
The series follows a young boy named Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell) who is living his relatively normal life until suddenly and unexpectedly he finds out he’s a demigod which is essentially a child of a mortal and a god. After finding this out he gets thrown into one dangerous situation after another and eventually embarks on a quest where the fate of humanity, as we know it, is at stake.
One of the most spectacular parts of the series is the realistic creatures. The show is live-action however it features a lot of mythological creatures from classic Greek myths. All those creatures have to be brought to life in a way that makes them look like they actually belong in this world. Another very impressive point is the acting. A lot of the actors are quite young. In fact the two leads are only 14 years old. Despite their young age, their acting is very impressive and they portray a range of emotions from devastated to determined, and everything in between. One of the very best parts of the show that all fans will enjoy is that the series stays very close to the original storyline of the books. Sometimes films and series stray quite off course from the books they are based on. However, this one is so true to the original plotline and even brings some of the fan-favorite small moments to life.
The series’ message is to be proud of who you are and who you’ve become and never stop trying. Be aware that there are a few loud and violent moments that could startle younger children.
I give Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. You can watch the first two episodes starting December 20 2023 on Disney+ and the remaining shows will launch once a week every Wednesday.