Percy Jackson and the Olympians episode two starts where its premiere left off. It expands Percy’s wondrous world, with the heavy hitters from Mount Olympus weighing heavily on the narrative even though none of them makes a physical appearance. In its second outing, the show establishes its stakes — both for the world, and the smaller stakes for Percy himself.
Wracked with guilt and mourning the loss of his precious mother, the 12-year-old finds himself at a mysterious camp for half-bloods and struggles to fit in. But after taking part in a traditional camp activity, Percy finds his place and his purpose, setting the stage for an epic hero’s adventure.
Percy Jackson Wakes Up at Camp Half-Blood in ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Episode 2
Episode 2 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, “I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom,” kicks off with Percy (Walker Scobell) asleep in a bunk cloaked in mosquito netting as a young girl watches. “You drool when you sleep,” she observes as Percy drifts back off.
When Percy awakens again, Grover (Aryan Simhadri) is by his side. On a table across the room is the severed Minotaur horn, and the realization that the events of the previous night were real hits Percy hard. He gets dressed with the intention of finding his father and runs into the camp director, Mr. D./Dionysus (Jason Mantzoukas), a gluttonous and cantankerous man with a sarcastic streak. Mr. Brunner, now known as Chiron (Glynn Turman), arrives in his horse form. As Percy heads off with him, Grover expresses his feelings of guilt over the way Percy’s arrival to camp happened.
Chiron leads Percy across the expansive camp past fellow campers going about various activities, satyrs, and amphitheaters. Percy believes he lost the pen-sword Chiron gave him, but the centaur tells Percy that, no matter what, it will always make its way back to him as long as he never surrenders it.
The Cabins of Camp Half-Blood in ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’
Chiron and Percy’s final stop is a collection of 12 cabins, arranged in a semicircle in the woods. Well-known to Percy Jackson and the Olympians fans, each cabin is dedicated to one of the 12 Olympian gods and houses the children claimed by that god. Percy learns that some campers never get claimed and wonders if there’s a place for him in camp.
Unclaimed children bunk alongside the children of Hermes (Lin-Manuel Miranda), so Chiron takes him to that god’s cabin. Inside, Percy meets Luke (Charlie Bushnell), an older camper claimed by Hermes, whom Percy immediately bonds with.
That night, Grover ventures into the woods in a brand-new scene not present in the book. There, he speaks with a forest nymph who Grover seems to know. She encourages him not to be nervous and motions to a hollow, on the other side of which is a council of sorts.
From there, Grover meets with Chiron and Mr. D. and tells them that he doesn’t believe Sally Jackson is dead, but rather is alive in the Underworld with Hades. They warn him not to bring this up to Percy, as powerful forces are at work, and Percy’s knowledge could make things worse.
Percy Meets the God of War’s Daughter in ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’
As Percy Jackson and the Olympians Episode 2 continues, Percy has another dream in which the eerie, disembodied voice taunts him about his father leaving him. Luke tells Percy that nightmares, ADHD, dyslexia, and daydreams are all common among demigods because they process reality differently than mortals.
He explains to Percy that he’ll drive himself crazy worrying about why the gods do what they do and he should focus instead on the demigod tradition of gaining glory for himself. Glory earns campers respect among their peers.
At that moment, Percy meets Clarisse LaRue (Dior Goodjohn), an aggressive older camper who’s a daughter of Ares (Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland), the god of war. She bumps into Percy and shoves him to the ground, unimpressed by his exploits with the Minotaur. He learns that gaining glory will get him respect around camp and hopes it will also get his godly father to claim him.
Annabeth Watches Percy Become the Supreme Lord of the Bathroom
In an attempt to court glory, Percy tries his hand at several new skills, including archery and metalworking, around camp in Percy Jackson and the Olympians‘ first montage, but none suit him. At dinner, Luke and his friends tell Percy that offerings of food items they’ll miss the most are made to the gods, which help get the gods’ attention when praying to them. That night, Percy offers some of his blue candy in an attempt to speak to his mom about his time at camp. He’s angry that his father has ignored both him and Sally and vows to make him take notice of them.
After returning to camp, Clarisse and two fellow Ares kids capture Percy and shove him into a bathroom. Clarisse, still unimpressed with Percy, wants him to admit he lied about his experience with the Minotaur. As her friends shove Percy toward a toilet, three streams of water shoot out of it, avoiding Percy and violently knocking the three Ares kids across the room.
They run away, and Percy sees the girl who’s been watching him near the door. Named Annabeth (Leah Sava Jeffries), she admits to stalking Percy to see if his abilities were special enough to help her win a game of Capture the Flag.
Who is Annabeth Chase in ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians?’
Luke explains that, before he arrived at camp, he was alone on the road with a “forbidden” girl named Thalia. She was forbidden because she was one of the children of the big three — Zeus (Lance Reddick), Poseidon (Toby Stephens), and Hades (Jay Duplass). The three gods had made a pact to no longer sire children because of how powerful their offspring were, which made them the constant targets of powerful monsters.
Zeus broke the pact by conceiving Thalia. Luke and Thalia met Annabeth in an alley and brought her with them to Camp Half-Blood, but Thalia didn’t make it. He and Annabeth have been close ever since. Luke tells Percy that Annabeth is the best fighter in camp and wants to prove herself by going on a quest. Annabeth kept close tabs on Percy because of a prophecy stating that a demigod who was fated to go on an important quest would arrive in camp. The fated quest is the only one Chiron would let Annabeth join, so she closely watched all new camp arrivals to see if they were the one.
Percy Plays Capture The Flag
Not long afterward, Percy plays his first game of Capture the Flag, an honored camp tradition that allows campers to hone their fighting skills. Percy, Luke, and Annabeth’s blue team square off against Clarisse’s red team. Annabeth’s cap of invisibility — a gift from her mother, Athena —makes its debut as the game begins.
Percy is confronted by Clarisse and her cronies, who want revenge after the bathroom incident. Clarisse has the upper hand, slashing at Percy’s face and arms, but an injured Percy flees to the banks of the nearby river, where the fight continues. Percy breaks Clarisse’s spear, and by distracting her, allows his team to capture her team’s flag.
Annabeth reappears, removing her invisibility cap, and pushes Percy into the river. A soaked Percy stands up angrily but his demeanor changes as he notices his wounds healing rapidly. Then, Annabeth notices a large trident floating above Percy’s head, a signal that the Olympian Poseidon has claimed Percy as his son.
Percy Is Offered a Quest in ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians’ Episode 2
Chiron tells Percy that, as a forbidden child of the sea god, he is singular among demigods. But an even more daunting future awaits Percy. As Poseidon’s son, he is the only hope to prevent a fledgling war brewing between Zeus and Poseidon over the theft of Zeus’ Master Bolt — a prized possession Zeus believes Percy has stolen.
If the bolt isn’t returned to Poseidon in one week, war will break out between the gods of Olympus, destroying the world. But Chiron believes the Bolt is with Hades, who has always had animosity towards Zeus and Poseidon. Percy learns that he must leave camp and embark on a quest with two other companions to retrieve the Master Bolt from the Underworld before the summer solstice. Percy resists, uninterested in helping his absentee father, and affirms his loyalty to his mother.
Grover arrives and, against Chiron and Mr. D’s wishes, tells Percy that his mother is still alive in the Underworld with Hades. In the final moments of Percy Jackson and the Olympians Episode 2, Percy realizes he has the unique opportunity to rescue his mother and agrees to take on the quest.
While this episode mostly focuses on world-building, it plants several seeds, not only for later in the season but for future seasons as well. With Percy’s relationship with his mother well established in Episode 1, Episode 2 provides him with the catalyst for an adventure that promises to be as thrilling as it is heartfelt.
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