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Episode #39 - Hercules! Hercules!
Prophecy Radio episode #39 takes a look at Disney’s Hercules and compares his story to both Greek mythology and the way he’s portrayed in Percy Jackson. In addition, the hosts tackle all the latest news, completely geeking out over the type of technology Percy Jackson and the Olympians will be using on set, as well as read Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters 11 and 12. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and Updates (00:01:26)
Check out what Percy & Co. are doing this summer.
Kristen had the perfect Father’s Day present for Percy to give to Poseidon.
Next up, Read Riordan makes us feel old.
We wish the Pride month post had been brought back.
Let’s go through Rick’s June 28 blog post!
It’s nice to hear how excited Rick is for the show.
If you want to hear us geek out about the production stage the show will be using, you’re in luck!
Not only is this awesome in terms of technological advancements, it’s also amazing for practical reasons (like the actors envisioning the environment around them).
Here’s the Mandalorian BTS video we discussed.
We’re wholly unprepared for how realistic the backgrounds are going to be.
Let’s learn a little bit about game engine technology.
There are so many benefits to using this kind of technology.
Should we do a bigger, more in-depth episode about this technology?
Disney’s Hercules (00:18:28)
We love this movie!
But it’s interesting seeing it through a different lens.
Hercules is a very colorful movie (probably for the kids, but we loved it too).
Don’t watch this movie for an accurate account of Greek culture/history/mythology.
We know why they had to Disney-fy this story.
Did they do a role reversal between Hades and Zeus?
They used roughly the same story and same players but made the heroes and villains much clearer.
Justice for the cyclopes!
We need the cast of Percy Jackson to watch this movie and give us reactions as their characters.
Did you know anything about Philoctetes from myth? Because we definitely didn’t.
Does it make sense that they turned him into a satyr?
Now it’s time to get into Hercules’ tragic story.
Did you catch all the references to the 12 Labors?
At least the movie gives Meg a better role.
Why isn’t Meg considered a princess!?
How is Hercules usually portrayed in pop culture?
Are there any bad representations of Hercules?
Percy Jackson is one of the few that makes him more human and failable.
This isn’t out of malice; it seems there are some very good reasons for this.
We only touched the surface of Hercules’ myths—we didn’t even talk about the 12 Labors!
What do you say to us revisiting this movie and talking about ALL the differences?
And what about doing a Deep Dive into Hercules’ story from mythology?
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (00:50:27)
It’s time to get back to Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 11.
Do we like Hephaestus as a god?
How long until we see Grover and Tyson again?
Does Annabeth have a belly button?
We figured out why the telkhines sounded so familiar.
We’re so bad at pronunciation!
What do we think about Percabeth’s first kiss?
Is Percy OP if he can’t control his powers?
Will he ever use that whistle?
Now let’s get into Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 12.
This chapter was necessary after everything Percy had just gone through.
What do we think of Calypso? Did she have a good introduction?
We’ll be curious to see her pop up again later.
She and Percy have a very nuanced conversation about loyalty and good vs. evil.
Hephaestus doesn’t pressure Percy to make a certain decision, and we appreciate that.
Where is Annabeth right now? Where’s Rachel Elizabeth Dare?
Rick was doing what ifs before we were!
If the gods just communicated more, they would have fewer problems.
Megan wrote in to ask us about dedicated episodes for each of the Rick Riordan
Episode #38 - Fire Puppies
Prophecy Radio episode #38 sees Karen and Kristen talking about about hellhounds, both in Greek mythology and the Rick Riordan universe. In addition, the hosts once again tackle all the latest news, including the recent casting of Luke, Clarisse, and Nancy Bobofit for Percy Jackson and the Olympians, as well their Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth review with chapters 9 and 10. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and Updates (00:01:33)
Yoon Ha Lee’s Ninefox Gambit is getting the ttrpg treatment.
Read Riordan also introduces us to the Haetae, as well as Namjoon.
If you have any ARMY friends, you’ve probably heard what a splash that last article made.
Tehlor Kay Mejia, author of the Paola Santiago series, announced a new book in the works!
We also discuss Rick Riordan’s June 21 blog post.
Olivea Morton has been cast as Nancy Bobofit, and while we can also see her as a Rachel Elizabeth Dare, we think she’s gonna do a fantastic job.
Next up is Dior Goodjohn as Clarisse!
We really wanted some body diversity for this character, BUT Dior is going to be fantastic and the whole fandom is already in love with her.
We’re already thinking about spin-off shows.
Lastly, we have Charlie Bushnell as Luke Castellan, and Kristen thinks he gives good brow!
Rick is happy. We’re happy. Everyone is happy.
Monster Guide: Hellhounds (00:28:06)
Karen learned a lot about hellhounds for this episode, and she’s excited to share it with everyone.
Hellhounds share a lot of similarities, but there are many different versions of them across various types of mythology.
If you spot these characteristics in the wild, you might be looking at a hellhound.
Some of them are really different, and that’s super cool!
Not all hellhounds are bad, and in fact, some of them are downright helpful.
There are also many different types of hellhounds found in various pieces of media and throughout pop culture.
In Greek mythology, there aren’t a lot of stories about general hellhounds.
But there is one very famous hound of Hades—Cerberus!
He looks a bit different from other hounds, but fulfills the same purpose.
Kristen finally realizes the connection between Cerberus and Fluffy.
Hercules is the talk of the town lately because he’s also had a run-in with Cerberus.
And by run-in, we mean Hades let Hercules takes Cerberus for a walk.
But what about in Percy Jackson?
We get a pretty clear description of hellhounds from the Ultimate Guide, and there’s nothing too surprising in there.
Why do you think hellhounds are afraid of heights?
When do hellhounds/Mrs. O’Leary show up in the original series?
We also talk about which Rick Riordan Presents books have hellhounds!
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (00:43:22)
Let’s start with the poop in Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 9.
Percy is SUCH a great main character, and we’re so proud of him.
Is Percy Jackson overpowered?
Did Geryon get the better end of the deal here??
WHO IS ‘THEY’?
We knew we liked Eurytion for a reason.
There’s definitely a parallel here between Percy and Eurytion when it comes to immortality.
We were totally shocked to find out who was sending Percy the Iris messages.
Watch your ears because Karen has an epiphany.
Ready for Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 10?
How did we feel about the meeting with Bianca?
Why did she have dominion over the other spirits?
We learn the fatal flaw of Hades’ children.
Prophecy Count #20!
Does Luke already have Ariadne’s String?
Old Daedalus is a scary Daedalus.
Why does Eurytion act like other children of Ares?
Why couldn’t it be “Follow the butterflies”!?
The teacher really came out of Rick here.
It’s a good thing Annabeth listened to Percy here and didn’t give into her fatal flaw.
Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 39, where we rewatch Karen’s favorite Disney movie—Hercules!
Episode #37 - The Poop Episode
This week on Prophecy Radio, Karen and Kristen discuss the latest casting additions to Disney+’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians adaptation, including Chiron, Mr. D, Mrs. Dodds, Sally Jackson, and Gabe Ugliano. In addition, the hosts once again tackle all the latest news across the Rick Riordan Universe (including Rick Riordan Presents) as well as return to their Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth review with chapters 7 and 8. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and Updates (00:01:50)
We’re kicking off this week’s episode with Rick’s June 12 blog post.
It’s always good when Rick reminds us how complicated it is to make a TV show!
What’s an average day like for Rick and Becky?
It’s awesome to hear they’re still doing rigorous COVID testing.
Can you believe how many sets they’ve already gone through!?
Rick is ALWAYS working on stuff—including a new book!
Episodes are constantly getting tweaked, but this is a good thing.
We once again need to recommend the behind-the-scenes documentary for Frozen 2.
Rick also lets us in on some industry secrets.
The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim is out in the world and getting translated into Polish, Turkish, and Italian!
Don’t forget to listen to our Graci Kim interview from last week!
We saw some treetops and got very excited.
BTW, we’re not going to speculate about cast members (you can visit @updatespercy for that)
Read Riordan had a queer characters article go up, and we talk about why it was taken down.
Maybe Moon Knight could raise interest in the Kane Chronicles adaptation!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast (00:27:17)
Stay up to date with all of the Percy Jackson TV show cast announcements right here.
First up, Virginia Kull! Despite the fact that our dreams were dashed, we’re really excited to see her in this role.
It’s very easy to love and empathize with Sally as a character.
What do we know her from?
Thank goodness she chose to become an actor instead of a doctor!
We’re still riding high about the fact that we got Jason Mantzoukas right!
Even Rick thinks he’s perfect for this role.
He’s also been in a MILLION projects, so there’s plenty of proof he can play a character like this one.
And who knew he was an accomplished jazz drummer!?
Megan Mullally as Mrs. Dodds wasn’t who we were expecting, but we’re VERY excited about this.
Her role on Will & Grace is iconic, but she’s been in plenty of other projects, too.
She and her husband also have a podcast!
Glynn Turman has had a legendary career, and we are in awe of everything he’s accomplished.
He’s also pretty much a real-life Chiron without the horse body.
We get excited about the roles we’ve seen him in, then talk once again about his first prominent role and the relationship he’ll probably build with Walker.
And then there’s Timm Sharp, who is probably a cool dude even if he’s playing a terrible character.
He’s been in some not-so-family friendly roles, but he’s clearly a funny guy.
We’ll do another episode like this when more casting drops!
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (00:54:37)
It feels so good to be back to our chapters!
Let’s start with Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 7.
Kampê is a super old monster and that makes her even more scary!
Briares is interesting and sad.
Thank goodness for Paul Blofis.
Poor Tyson was a bit disappointed, but we love seeing the growth in his and Percy’s relationship.
Long live Dippin’ Dots, the ice cream of the future!
It’s time to visit a demon dude ranch in Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 8.
Blanket pronunciation apology!
The idea of immortality and the fact that it’s not a guarantee is so interesting.
Percy and Annabeth’s friendship is so healthy and beautiful.
Prophecy Count #19!
Triple G Ranch is kind of an awful place but the animals are awesome!
Geryon is not an easy guy to imagine.
It was nice to see Ni
Episode #36 - Beautiful Chaos
This week on Prophecy Radio, Karen and Kristen discuss The Last Fallen Star (with a designated spoiler section) by Graci Kim, the first book in the Gifted Clans series. Then they get to interview the author about the second book in the series, The Last Fallen Moon! There will be no Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters to review this week, but there is plenty of news in the Rick Riordan universe to discover, including the new Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast members on Disney+. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and Updates (00:01:29)
Filming is officially underway, and we will never not be excited about this.
Of course Rick updated his blog with new Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast members on the exact same day we recorded our predictions!
We run through all the new cast members fairly quickly because we’ll be doing a more in-depth discussion next week!
Make sure you bookmark our Percy Jackson cast article.
Jon Steinberg had a chat with The Wrap about the Disney+ Percy Jackson adaptation.
We want merch!
Steinberg has promised that this show will be for everyone—new fans and old; tweens, teens, and young adults (and we think adults, too!).
Keep your eye out for the new blog post coming soon from Rick.
We have some birthdays to celebrate!
Have you seen the Victo Ngai limited edition prints of the new Percy Jackson and the Olympians book covers?
Percy Jackson has been on the NYT bestsellers list for HOW long??
Graci Kim had a chat with fellow author Xiran Jay Zhao about Chinese and Korean mythology.
Make sure you check out Read Riordan to meet Dahl and Bada.
We take the soul animal quiz!
Make sure you tell us your soul animal!
The Last Fallen Star by Graci Kim (00:31:43)
Check out Karen’s The Last Fallen Moon review on Subjectify on June 14.
Kristen gives us the general plot of The Last Fallen Star.
We should probably kick off this discussion by talking about Riley Oh.
Riley is adopted, but she’s 100% part of the Oh family, even if she doesn’t always fit in.
Sometimes there are downfalls to listening to audiobooks.
Hattie is a pretty great sister, but she can be a bit reckless.
But Karen really loves their dynamic.
To balance out all that recklessness, we have Emmett Harrison.
He’s not big on magic or emotions, but he does love to bake.
They say that Karen is still trying to bake caramel cookies, even to this day.
We need to start getting t-shirts made.
Riley’s parents are pretty great, but boy did Riley have a tragic childhood.
What IS Boris, exactly?
Jennie is an interesting character because she starts off pretty stereotypically mean, but then gets a good amount of backstory.
Then there’s the Cave Bear Goddess, who’s the patron saint of the Gom clan.
We find out her origin story, but that’s gonna be it for now.
This is your warning for our spoiler section!
Spoilers start at 00:53:56, so skip to the next section if you want to avoid them!
Okay, now that it’s safe, let’s talk about…the Horangi Clan.
Sora is an important character, but she didn’t stand out as much as the others.
Austin’s powers are pretty cool.
But really we just want to talk about Taeyo.
Hopefully there’s no blood-bending in his future.
And yeah, remember when we mentioned the Cave Bear Goddess?
She is very naughty!!
This book kept getting worse and worse for Riley, but thankfully Hattie is okay.
And Karen says that The Last Fallen Moon has a bit more happy stuff in it.
Graci Kim interview (01:10:41)
Thank you, Graci, for joining us today to talk about The Last Fallen Moon!
You KNOW Graci has some go-to snacks when she’s writing.
Unlike a lot of people, Graci actually enjoys being told what she needs to fix in her manuscript.
What were Graci’s personal and professional goals when she set out to write the Gifted Clans series?
She also tells us her (current) favorite story from Korean mythology.
Second books in a series can be
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
Episode #34 - Victims of Percabeth
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 discuss our What If…? season 3 scenarios—aka the Titan’s Curse edition—as well as review Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapters 3 and 4. New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and Updates (00:00:54)
Read Riordan tells us what to do in the event we lose our divine weapon.
It’s amazing to see how many Rick Riordan Presents books you can read to celebrate AANHPI month!
Who doesn’t want some PJOTV news!?
We recently found out Percy Jackson and the Olympians episode 1 will start filming on June 2.
We also learned they recently did a table read and that Becky is SUPER excited for the actor playing Chiron.
Social media is great for BTS videos and pictures. Make sure you’re following the Percy Jackson and the Olympians cast.
But it’s smart to keep in mind that not every kid they’re hanging out with is going to be on the show.
James Bobin is testing the cameras, and even that makes us emotional.
Mark Oshiro says the Solangelo book is done with the major edits!
We also learned about how long it is, and we are so excited!
Did you see the trailer for Idris Elba Leah’s new movie, Beast?
Mark your calendars! The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim now has a new release date.
What If…? season 3—Titan’s Curse (00:19:44)
You can listen to What If…? season 1 on Prophecy Radio episode #9 and What If…? season 2 on Prophecy Radio episode #23.
Thanks, Rachel, for reminding us about doing one for Titan’s Curse!
Should we do an episode about how they could’ve improved the movies with a Titan’s Curse adaptation?
This book has a lot of pivotal moments and makes for a great What If…? episode.
Karen wonders what if…Zoë had survived?
Thalia would be the likely target for the one dying at their parent’s hand, but what if it was Percy instead?
Kristen wants to know what if…Dr. Chase was a terrible father?
This could have major ripple effects down the line.
Karen now needs to know what if…Percy never met Rachel Elizabeth Dare at the Hoover Dam?
This might not have made as much of an impact down the line, but would Percy and Annabeth have gone on their date!?
Now Kristen is curious what if…Luke let Annabeth die?
We’re gonna go ahead and just say no to this whole scenario.
Fast-forwarding to Karen’s next question: What if…Luke had died at the end of the book?
Who would’ve become Kronos’ vessel?
Kristen’s actually got a nice one now: What if…Nico didn’t blame Percy for Bianca’s death?
Would it have taken a lot longer to find out who Nico’s godly parent was?
Thank you to everyone who wrote in their own What If…? scenarios!
What…if Luke had been the one turned into a tree?
What if…Percy had gone missing instead of Annabeth?
What if…Nico, Bianca, and Percy had never gone outside with Dr. Thorne?
What if…Zoë had killed Atlas?
What if…Nico snuck away on the quest like Percy?
Battle of the Labyrinth chapter reviews (00:56:52)
We’re so happy we’re back to reading our chapters for the week!
It’s time to talk about Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth chapter 3!
We finally find out what Clarisse’s secret quest was!
By the way, we’re totally here for this Clarisse and Annabeth friendship.
Luke trying to navigate the labyrinth is…not a good thing.
Rick’s concept of Ariadne’s string is really interesting here.
Pan being trapped in the labyrinth would make SO much sense.
We are totally here for Annabeth breaking some rules.
Is it weird we’re kind of into the war games?
Thank goodness Annabeth knows…everything.
The labyrinth is a little timey-wimey.
Grover, as always, has genius comedic timing.
Everything has been building to Percabeth, and w
Love this podcast!
I discovered this podcast close to the time it started, and I’ve been listening ever since! Love the chapter readings, and the news updates are great because I’m not on social media. Keep up the good work!
I love this
Love It!!! Could you make a tunnel of love ride for a pj park? With spiders and the jumping thing? It would be really awesome!