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Disney releases new Percy Jackson adaptation

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  • A photo of producer Becky Riordan, Walker Scobell, Leah Sava Jeffries, Aryan Simhadri, and author/contributer Rick Riordan standing in the Empire State Building to film a scene in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.”

  • At Disney+’s world premiere of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” in New York, star actors Leah Jeffries, Walker Scobell, and Aryan Simhadri pose for a picture.

On December 19, Disney+ premiered the first episode of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians.” Excited, anticipating fans have been waiting for the show’s release ever since it was announced in May 2020.

The TV show is based on Rick Riordan’s award-winning book series, “Percy Jackson & The Olympians.” It was produced by Disney with the author himself involved in writing the script, casting, and making notes. The PJO saga includes five books and was a staple in Gen Z’s childhood literature. 

“It was the first chapter book that I’d really gotten into,” senior Karla Guevara said. “Percy starting off as a little boy and now he’s my age, really moves me a lot because he’s been through so much and in a way I feel like I’ve also been through a lot.”

Before the current show, there were two movie adaptations named after the first two books of the PJO series. Fans disapproved of the inaccuracies in the films, like aging up the characters, altering their personalities, and changing Percy’s quest. Many critics of the movies say that the show is a “second-chance” adaptation and is going to be more accurate to the source material.

“Words cannot describe how satisfied I finally am to have a series that properly reflects the books,” Guevara said. “Comparing the show to the movies, to me, is like comparing apple pie to cold applesauce.” 

On the other hand, some fans favor the movie adaptations over the show. 

“I think it’s the actors that I like more in the movie than I do the series,” sophomore Justin Franco Zamora said. “[Another] thing I really liked about the movies is the soundtrack. [In the] first movie when they went to the casino, they heard “Poker Face” so I remember that I was so happy when I heard that song.”

Some viewers started the show new to the series, with no background information about the PJO lore. Freshman Patrick Adams’ niece, who is a fan of Greek mythology, recommended the show to him. 

“I really think [it’s] cool because it’s showing how Percy could be at a young age and still do everything that he’s doing,” Adams said. “I cannot wait to see what the little trio goes through together.”

 Disney+ currently has seven episodes released on its platform. The final episode of the first season will be aired next Tuesday, January 30 at 8 p.m. CST.

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Emillie Siv, Newspaper EIC, Photographer
What’s good everyone, hi my name is Emillie Siv and I’m your newspaper editor-in-chief and social media coordinator! I also work with Yearbook. This year’s going to be my last year at KF so I'll commit myself to feature as many events and (you guys) as possible! Alongside the media staff, I’m the vice president of the Evergreens environmental club and historian for our National Honor Society. I'm also a part of the KF Chorale choir as an alto and Jazz Band as a guitarist. I love the fine arts such as music, art, dance, photography, literature, and more. Basically, I have too many interests. I love documenting memories; that’s why I’m here! If you like K-pop and a group called Seventeen, I “Adore U.” Be my friend. Anyways, thank you for appreciating our work! As the student media, we got you covered;). READ THE NEWSPAPER, BUY YOUR YEARBOOK. Have a good one! <3

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