In the third episode of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, we saw that the Oracle had very clearly said that Percy would fail to save something that mattered most to him. The Oracle also said that Percy would be betrayed by a friend, and after listening to both prophecies, our little demi-god got a bit worried. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover knew that they would have to face many challenges before they could finally achieve what they set out for. Moreover, the thing that was bothering Percy was that he didn’t have any association whatsoever with his father. He knew he was claimed by Poseidon, and that was about it. He was not even sure if he would come to his rescue when the need arose. Annabeth and Grover had told Percy that going on a quest in the world of gods and demigods was considered to be a very sacred thing. Percy had come to the understanding that monsters would keep coming in their way, and he was prepared to face many more in his journey. Annabeth and Percy had resolved their conflicts, and Grover played a major role in the negotiations. He made them realize that they both needed each other and that the quest couldn’t be a success until they started acting like a team. So, let’s find out what happened in the fourth episode and if the titular character and his friends were able to reach their destination.
What did Echidna want?
Throughout his journey, Percy was reminded of the times he spent with his mother. In a flashback sequence, we saw how Percy’s mother was teaching him how to swim and how he was so scared to go into deep waters. Sally probably had an idea about what fate had in store for him, and she wanted her boy to be prepared to take on the challenges head-on.
Percy had a lot of doubts in his mind, and he didn’t know how he would find his mother and cross every obstacle that came his way. Grover asked his friend to not worry about what was going to happen in the next couple of days but instead focus on what was ahead of them. Grover told Percy about how Pan, the God of the Wild, had gone missing, and to find him, a lot of Satyrs volunteered to become searchers. Grover’s uncle, Ferdinand, whom we saw in Percy Jackson and the Olympians episode 3, was one of the searchers, but before he could find the God of the Wild, he was turned into a stone sculpture by Medusa.
Percy, Annabeth, and Grover were traveling by train when something strange happened to them. They were out having food when someone came and destroyed their compartment and completely shattered everything that was kept there. A lady told the ticket collector that it was the kids who had done it, and she had seen them just moments ago breaking and tearing stuff. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover were very surprised, and they didn’t know why the woman would frame them like that. Percy and his friends were thinking about what would have happened when that same woman came and talked to them. It was then that they realized that she was Echidna, the mother of monsters. Her eerie smile made it very clear that she was not there just to have small talk with the kids. She told Percy and his friends that it was her children who were killed by Annabeth and Percy earlier when they had an encounter with Medusa, and that was why she had come to settle scores. Annabeth and Grover both knew that if the woman was telling the truth, then their lives were in real danger. They knew that they wouldn’t be able to stand against the mother of monsters, as she was way too powerful for them.
Was Percy able to kill Chimera?
Echidna had a beast inside her bag that was desperately waiting to come out and attack Percy and his friends. The beast stung Percy on his hand, but before it could do anything else, the kids got down from the train and ran to take shelter in Athena’s sanctuary. Annabeth knew that it was the only place where they could be saved, but very soon, she realized that she was wrong. Echidna told Annabeth that her impertinence had wounded her mother’s pride. In the previous episode of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, we saw that the kids had sent Medusa’s severed head to Olympus even though they knew that the gods wouldn’t like it. Now, in the sanctuary, they were without any kind of support, and he had no clue how they were going to tackle the mother of monsters. Percy was stung by Chimera, the beast, and the poison was spreading throughout his entire body. The Chimera had a serpent’s tail, a goat’s body, and a lion’s head, and looking at its eyes one could tell that it was there to kill.
He realized that they wouldn’t be able to escape from there, and one of them would have to make the sacrifice so that the others could be saved. Percy pushed his friends outside, and he closed the door behind them. He came face to face with the dreadful creature, and in that moment, probably his whole life would have flashed in front of his eyes. Percy fell from the sanctuary and plunged into a body of water. Percy tried his level best, but he was not able to kill the Chimaera, and the fall came as a blessing in disguise, considering that had he not fallen, he would have been devoured by the creature.
Did Poseidon come to help Percy?
When Percy fell into the water, a sea nymph, aka Nereid, came and whispered in his ears to have faith in his father. Percy was told that his father had not abandoned him and that he wouldn’t let anything happen to him. The gods were also bound by some rules, and even if they wanted to come and help their wards, they couldn’t. At the end of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Nereid asks Percy to stop resisting and let the magic unfold. We had seen earlier that water healed Percy miraculously just before he was claimed by Poseidon, and now he realized that he could breathe underwater, too. This short confrontation with Nereid is clearly going to change things, especially Percy’s perceptions about his father and the beliefs he had related to this world of gods and demigods. In the subsequent episode, we will get to know if the kids are able to get rid of the mother of monsters and if they are able to successfully reach the realm of Hades and find Percy’s mother.