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What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Explores Greek myths in depth.
Greek myths explore both positive and negative character traits. The heroes are honorable and ethical, but the many secondary characters exemplify a variety of less desirable traits: selfishness, pride, aggression, and cowardice.
Positive Role Models
The protagonists of both seasons–Perseus, Andromeda, Demeter, and Persephone–all demonstrate positive character traits, including bravery, honor, thoughtful decision making, and care for their loved ones.
The cast of Live from Mount Olympus is primarily comprised of actors of color and is written in a voice that is more New York City than ancient Athens, however, the story is still set in ancient Greece and reflects the politics and power dynamics of the time.
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Violence & Scariness
Battle sounds include realistic screaming and gore sound effects. The voices of the monsters may also be scary for younger listeners. Additionally, characters with lots of power–kings and gods–are repeatedly shown enacting violence, particularly over women.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Live from Mount Olympus is a dramatized retelling of Greek myths that softens some of the darker elements of these stories through skillful writing and humor. There is both explicit and implied violence throughout the series and some of the sound design may be frightening for sensitive listeners. Season one tells the story of Perseus and includes two encounters with frightening monsters as well as a plot about a rageful king ransacking his own city when Perseus' mother, Princess Danae, refuses to marry him. Season two follows Persephone, who is kidnapped after her father, Zeus, promises her to Hades without her consent. The show does a good job undercutting Zues's patriarchal parenting style while also emphasizing the true power of the goddesses of Mount Olympus, particularly Persephone's mother, Demeter.
Is It Any Good?
Given the violent and often disturbing nature of Greek mythology, this adaptation manages to be impressively humorous and playful, without altering the source material. Live from Mount Olympus leans into the positive relationships and liberatory subtext of these myths to offer a show that is warm and engaging. Female protagonists Danae, Andromeda, Persephone, and Demeter are given equal airtime in this dialogue driven audio drama, returning some of their power and agency, even as key plot points revolve around their being treated as property. Meanwhile, male protagonists Perseus, Zeus, and Hades are shown to be introspective and vulnerable. The impressive cast, prominently featuring members of the Brooklyn-based theater ensemble The Team, lends subtlety to the straightforward, approachable dialogue.
Young listeners may have a hard time keeping up with the extensive character list and long Greek names–who can remember the difference between the evil king Acrisius and the other evil king Polydectes? That said, preteens will find a lot to relate to in the young Perseus and Persephone, both trying to make their way out on their own for the first time in their lives. This show will be a particular treat for those mythology obsessed kids who already have a favorite Greek god and a fun introduction for those new to the topic.
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