The brand new Netflix collection Blood of Zeus presents a recent spin on Greek mythology, that includes acquainted characters akin to Poseidon, Ares, and Cerberus. Science fiction writer Zach Chapman loved the present’s epic battle sequences.
“It’s the identical studio that did the animation work on Castlevania, so it’s the identical sort of blood-and-guts and stage of superior combating,” Chapman says in Episode 455 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “For those who favored Castlevania, undoubtedly verify this out.”
Fantasy writer Douglas Cohen appreciated that Blood of Zeus doesn’t simply elevate character names from Greek mythology, however reveals an actual familiarity with the supply materials.
“I used to be reminded so much of the Illiad,” he says. “The place the gods appear to take this angle of, ‘The mortals are going to combat and we’re going to remain out of it—however I’ll intrude proper right here and do that, and I’ll intrude proper right here and try this.’ That felt very Greek mythology to me, the way in which they acted above it however actually weren’t above it. They couldn’t assist themselves however get entangled.”
However Geek’s Information to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley felt that one subplot, involving a personality named Seraphim main a demon military, by no means fairly meshed with the remainder of the story. “It all the time sort of felt like some bizarre crossover occasion the place characters from totally different reveals had gotten collectively,” he says. “Additionally ‘Seraphim’ will not be a Greek phrase, it’s a Hebrew phrase, and the demons really feel extra like Judeo-Christian demons than something in Greek mythology that I keep in mind.”
Blood of Zeus payments itself as “anime,” however fantasy writer Erin Lindsey thinks the present is extra pleasurable should you view it as a grown-up model of a Saturday morning cartoon. “I feel it’s not alleged to be performing some issues we’re anticipating from it, and should you sort of take it by itself phrases as a intentionally easy animation model, then you definately sort of recover from that grasp up,” she says. “I don’t know that they did themselves any favors by calling it ‘anime’ or triggering that set of expectations.”
Take heed to the entire interview with Zach Chapman, Douglas Cohen, and Erin Lindsey in Episode 455 of Geek’s Information to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue under.
Zach Chapman on Immortals:
“For those who take a body from it, it appears actually cool, and there are a pair of actually cool combat scenes, however there’s an excessive overuse of slow-mo. It appears like he’s simply making an attempt to do 300. I learn a quote from [the director] saying he wished to do a Greek epic as a Renaissance portray—and undoubtedly should you take a nonetheless from this film, there’s so much of Renaissance painting-like imagery—but it surely’s very forgettable. … Immortals is usually visually superior, after which at different instances it’s simply very Zack Snyder-y. Round 2005 Sin Metropolis got here out and 300 got here out, and there have been all these motion pictures that had been aping that darkish, gritty coloration scheme with slow-mo, and that’s actually what that is.”
Douglas Cohen on Clash of the Titans:
“I personally have by no means seen the film, however my spouse’s mother liked it a lot that she named my spouse after one of the characters from the film, and that’s why my spouse’s identify is Andromeda. … [My wife] watched it a bunch of instances as a child, and I feel we had been truly watching it as soon as not that way back, in the course of the pandemic, and we each sort of fell asleep, and we by no means got here again to it. However so much of fantasy and science fiction followers, after they discover out my spouse’s identify is Andromeda, they’re like, ‘Actually? Your spouse’s identify is Andromeda? You? Douglas? The science fiction fan?’ Properly, because of this my spouse’s identify is Andromeda.”
Erin Lindsey on Hera:
“Hera because the antagonist is the archetypal ‘girl scorned,’ and she or he’s all of the issues that we’ve come to count on from ladies on this place—she’s deceitful and manipulative and petty, and it could simply be a large eye roll had been it not for the truth that that’s certainly how Hera is portrayed in so much of Greek mythology. … I want what they’d have carried out was relegated that extra to the background—and possibly an outdated supply of bitterness—however targeted extra on her up to date jealousies, made extra of the truth that she was once the queen of the gods and Zeus usurped her. I want that they had made extra of that and targeted much less on the lady scorned angle.”
David Barr Kirtley on Blood of Zeus vs. The Empire Strikes Back:
“Alexia goes to satisfy with Chiron, the centaur, and he says, ‘I’m sorry, I had no selection, they arrived simply earlier than you probably did.’ So he’s precisely like Lando, and he even says, ‘No, we had a deal. She was going to remain right here with me.’ They’re actually simply quoting traces from Star Wars. Then Heron goes to coach with Zeus, and his massive drawback is that he can’t management his anger, after which he will get this prophecy that his pals are at risk, and he has a option to both full his coaching or save his pals. Then he runs into Seraphim—who’s not his dad however his brother—who’s like, ‘Be part of me,’ and reaches out his hand. … It was only one factor after one other after one other, the place I used to be like, ‘I really feel like I’ve seen this film earlier than.’”