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Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2023) Series: Disney's Lightning Bolt of Tween Delight

12-year-old demigod Percy Jackson is accused by the Greek god Zeus of stealing his thunderbolt and races to find it and restore order to Olympus.

Hey there, fellow mortals! Gather around as I embark on a quest to review Disney's latest endeavor: "Percy Jackson and the Olympians." Hold onto your thunderbolts, because we're diving deep into the realm of tween demigods, Greek mythology, and a level of sarcasm that would make Hermes proud.

Let's start with the stars of the show – Walker Scobell, Leah Jeffries, and Aryan Simhadri. I must say, these young demigods sure know how to carry a show. Forget Mount Olympus; they're the real stars here. Move over, Zeus!

Now, if you're a fan of films like Harry Potter or The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, this series is right up your celestial alley. It's got that magical, mythical vibe that makes you wish you had a satyr BFF and a sword that transforms into a pen. Trust me; it's a demigod's dream come true.

The trailer alone is like a siren song, luring you into a world where gods and monsters coexist. If you haven't watched it yet, click that link and prepare to be charmed by the promise of epic quests, snarky gods, and a 12-year-old protagonist with the weight of the heavens on his scrawny shoulders.

Now, what I liked about this series is how it sucks you into believing in the craziness of Greek mythology. I mean, come on, who wouldn't want to attend a summer camp for demigods? Sign me up! The adaptation is like ambrosia for the soul, especially considering the lukewarm movies that came before it. This time, they nailed it – or should I say, they struck it with a lightning bolt.

But, dear readers, let's not dance around the Minotaur in the room. What I disliked was the breakneck pace of the story. With only a series to play with, I couldn't help but feel like they were sprinting through the plot, leaving character development in the dust. Slow down, Disney! We're not racing to catch the Golden Fleece here.

Speaking of racing, did you know there are five planned seasons of this show? Yep, five! Each one adapting a book from the series. It's like a demigod marathon, and I'm here for it. Rick Riordan, the brain behind Percy Jackson, originally wanted to kick back in semi-retirement. But when Disney came knocking, he dusted off his celestial sandals and decided to bless us with more Percy goodness.

Oh, and a fun fact for you: Riordan insisted Percy be 12 years old in the series. Take that, Hollywood age-up shenanigans! The Lightning Thief movie, I'm glaring at you.

So, after a lot of divine intervention and a change of plans for Riordan, we have this series that promises to stay true to the source material. Season One is diving into The Lightning Thief, the OG Percy Jackson adventure.

Now, for the grand finale – the ranking. Drum-roll, please! I bestow upon Percy Jackson and the Olympians a solid 7.5/10. It's like ambrosia, but not quite nectar level. Still, a demigod's gotta appreciate the effort.

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