“Netflix’s Blood of Zeus presents an exciting story filled with myth and conflict of Greek mythology.”

 

Greetings, fellow readers, to another edition of Cinema Perception. In this review, I will be discussing the latest Netflix original TV series, “Blood of Zeus.” For people that love Greek mythology and anime, this is the TV series for you, but to those that have not heard of Greek mythology, I suggest reading up on it. Taking place after the events of the Titan conflict at Mount Olympus, the plot revolves around the offspring of Zeus, Heron, as he faces a heart-pounding destiny like no other. Originally, I did not know what to make of the actual show. As someone who enjoys Latin and Greek myths, I was stunned to see that this was a different story of the legendary Greek gods.

Regarding its positives, the TV series carries with it heart- and gut-wrenching plot twists that made the Greek myths what they resemble. Spanning a total of eight episodes and ranging from 32 to 34 minutes a piece, the series could be equated to an actual movie. In addition to its plot, there never seems to be any drift off from the plot, but it keeps a constant pace that allows the viewer to become attached. The third positive the TV series has is its animation. For every episode that I had watched, it always presented the title, but it also showed animation soon after to catch a hidden glimpse of the episode’s importance. The last positive that this TV series has is its action. In one scene, there is a great, climactic battle between the gods and the return of the Titans, and in that fight, there is a lot of violence done to the Amazonian soldiers, such as being sliced to bits. Though this would appear unsettling to many, I felt the battle scene captivated the essence of what the battles were like between the supernatural. 

As for the TV series’ negatives, there is only one issue that I noticed while watching each episode. The main issue I have with the TV series is that it never truly goes in greater detail of the other Greek gods and goddesses. One goddess that I definitely wanted to see more in the TV series was Athena, but to my dismay, she does not make a grand appearance. The same can be said of Bacchus, who does not even speak at all, but rather acts as a minor cameo appearance to symbolize that there is more than one god on Mount Olympus. On the other hand, there are some of the main gods, like Zeus, who captured the main story. Since the TV series takes place after the great battle of the Titans, it makes me wonder if I was supposed to learn about the Greek gods and goddesses prior to actually watching this show. 

Overall, the show does well in captivating my attention and wonder and for that, I give it a four out of five stars for action and plot twists. If anyone wants more Netflix anime, I suggest watching “Seven Deadly Sins.” ‘Till next issue, this is Nicholas Bartelmo signing off from Cinema Perception.

 

Nicholas Bartelmo is a fourth-year student majoring in history. NB790429@wcupa.edu  

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