‘Blood Of Zeus’ Season 2 Review: Hades & Persephone’s Tragic Romance Takes Center Stage In Netflix Series

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The sword and sandal subgenre of films has this sense of awe, wonder, and grandiosity that I can’t help but be enthralled by. Be it the older films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Clash of the Titans (the 1981 one), Conan the Barbarian, or the newer ventures like Troy and 300, I am a fan of them all. So, it was sad to see them go out of vogue, as every entry into this category stripped it of its magical aesthetics and replaced it with gaudy CGI and VFX. Thankfully, much like Disney did it with Hercules in the ‘90s, Powerhouse Animation, Asia Minor Pictures, Mua Film, Hanho Heung-Up, and Netflix have revived the subgenre in the 2020s with the amazing Blood of Zeus. The first season was centered around the feuds between Zeus, Hera, Heron, and Seraphim, and the conclusion to it was nothing short of jaw-dropping. Has the second season managed to one-up it, or has it fallen short? Let’s find out.

Charley and Vlas Parlapanides’ Blood of Zeus Season 2, is centered around the tragic love story between Hades and Persephone. Without giving away any spoilers, a certain pact between the gods disallows Hades and Persephone from living together. This is obviously hurting the bond between the two, but it’s also having an adverse impact on their children, Meli and Zagreus. Every year, Hades promises to bring an end to this situation but fails. However, with Zeus gone, Hades finally decides to make a move so that he can sit atop the throne of Mount Olympus and be with Persephone forever. For that, he needs Seraphim’s help, and since Hades can give the human-demon hybrid something that he wants, Seraphim agrees to bend the knee and do Hades’ bidding. Meanwhile, Heron is dealing with the trauma of losing his mother and his father while coming to terms with the fact that he has an uncontrollable power coursing through his veins.

The most noticeable thing about Blood of Zeus is that, while the first season was about a fight between a husband and a wife, the second season is about a husband putting heaven and hell in a state of turmoil to live with wife. The tragedy of Hades and Persephone’s love story really caught me off guard because, despite being about gods, it commented on how bigoted parents and a sick society will always put their differences aside to come together and harass a couple that they don’t approve of. And when that predictably leads to an adverse reaction from the couple, they’ll punish them instead of looking at their own flaws. The backstory of Hades and Persephone is exposition-heavy, but it’s written so beautifully that I felt like I could have listened to them go on and on about how they fell for each other and what they did to maintain their long-distance relationship. Heron and Seraphim’s arcs are rather traditional and reminiscent of the aforementioned sword-and-sandal stories, where they’ve to go for the MacGuffin and face several obstacles along the way. But since they tackle the topic of self-forgiveness along the way, it ends up being quite engaging. Amidst all this, the writers even manage to craft a COVID-19 allegory, and I think that’s pretty cool.

When it comes to sequels or second seasons, especially when you have swung for the fences in the first entry, there’s an expectation to double down on the “epic factor.” Surprisingly, the makers of Blood of Zeus didn’t fall into that trap, and they used the medium of animation to have a lot of dramatic dialogue-heavy scenes with intense lighting, colors, and framing. There are quite a few exciting action sequences, but they are evenly spaced out instead of being stacked on top of each other. The music is simply brilliant. I don’t know if we’ll ever see a big-screen revival of the sword and sandal subgenre, but I hope that there is a producer out there listening to Paul Edward-Francis’ score and greenlighting every script about Greek or Roman mythology just so that his music can reverberate through the gigantic speakers in the theaters. By the way, the use of silence and non-verbal gestures in the show is also really great. The creature designs, the character designs, and the locations are all so imaginative. In this day and age, it’s easy to say that we’ve seen everything. However, you can always trust animators and artists to blow you away with their creativity and innovation.

The voice cast of Blood of Zeus Season 2 is undoubtedly fantastic. If you go through Fred Tatasciore’s filmography, you’ll see him voicing a ton of different characters in any given project. And you can make the mistake of taking him for granted as the guy who does “additional voices.” That’s why Fred is here, as Hades, to remind everyone that he is one of the best in the world of animated characters. It’s safe to say that this whole season rests on Fred’s shoulders, and he takes on that responsibility with such passion and gravitas that you can’t help but applaud him for his commitment and dedication. Lara Pulver, as Persephone, is amazing. Derek Phillips is great. Elias Toufexis gets to flesh out Seraphim a lot and explore his non-evil side. Jessica Henwick, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Adetokumboh M’Cormack are pretty good as Heron’s back-up. I am not sure, but this is probably the last time we’ll get to hear Jason O’Mara as Zeus, and he gets a heartwarming sendoff. Claudia Christian is brilliant as a very different kind of Hera. We get to see an ugly side of Hermes, and that’s portrayed perfectly by Matthew Mercer. The rest of the supporting voice cast is spectacular; no notes are required.

I’ll be honest: my first viewing of Blood of Zeus Season 1 was really underwhelming. Maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind with the pandemic going on and whatnot. The rewatch was significantly better. If it’s not clear already, I really, really liked the second season. I don’t think I’m still in tune with the pacing of the show. There are moments where it feels a little slow, and it does test my patience. Maybe a rewatch in the future will iron out those kinks. That said, I am beyond excited for the yet-to-be-announced Season 3 of Blood of Zeus. I am aware of Netflix’s stupid model of greenlighting seasons, but it’ll be insanely stupid of them to not go ahead with another season of this solid show. Even though I sound like a lukewarm fan of the series, if I don’t get a resolution to that scintillating cliffhanger, I am definitely summoning something ancient from the heavens or the underworld to motivate the streaming platform to do the right thing.


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Pramit Chatterjee
Pramit Chatterjee
Pramit loves to write about movies, television shows, short films, and basically anything that emerges from the world of entertainment. He occasionally talks to people, and judges them on the basis of their love for Edgar Wright, Ryan Gosling, Keanu Reeves, and the best television series ever made, Dark.

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