Percy Jackson and the Olympians is available to stream now. The 12-year-old Percy Jackson (Walker Scobell), a normal youngster, discovers he is the son of the Greek deity Poseidon (Toby Stephens), in this second live-action adaptation of Rick Riordan’s children’s book series of the same name. The first season of The Lightning Thief, which is an adaptation of the first book in the series, centers on Percy’s journey to find the true thief after he and his pals Grover (Aryan Simhadri) and Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries) are accused of stealing a lightning bolt from Zeus (Lance Reddick).
The first season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians debuted early on December 19. Disney’s partner streamer Hulu presently only has the first episode available. However, Disney+ currently has the first two episodes available. Disney+ has said that the show would be screening episodes every Tuesday at 6:00 PM PT. Thus it appears that this early release is the plan for the show moving forward.
Disney+’s Confidence In Percy Jackson And The Olympians
Disney+ appears to be very confident in its capacity to engage viewers. This makes sense given that the program already has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score. It is not a frequent occurrence for Disney+ to reveal an early preview of any of its shows, though.
That being said, this move does make general sense. The franchise is in a unique position, which is one of the many reasons they have to be confident. Even though the books were already made into two Percy Jackson films in 2010 and 2013, those films did not earn positive reviews from critics or viewers. This means that the show still has a chance to pique the interest of readers who were unsatisfied with the previous adaptations. See here for a comparison of the audience and critic scores for each Percy Jackson adaptation:
|Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010)
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)
|Percy Jackson and the Olympians Season 1 (2023)
Among the critics of the original films is none other than Riordan, who has been vocal in his critiques of the adaptations of his works. Though there have been some slight alterations from the original material, Riordan and Jonathan E. Steinberg co-created Percy Jackson and the Olympians, thus the program stays faithful to his original concept. Given the show’s positive reviews and Riordan’s endorsement, it makes reasonable that the streamer would be at ease allowing it to become a part of their collection as quickly as possible.