Greek Monsters, Rome’s Foundation, and Other Stories We Want to See on Netflix’s Kaos
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 29, 2020 7:09pm
Art by Ahl Mirambel
Mythology fans rejoiced as Netflix announced Kaos, an original series that puts a modern twist on Roman and Greek tales. As the description says, Kaos is a genre-bending series that would put a modern twist on these extraordinary stories, exploring themes of gender-politics, power, and life in the underworld. It is created by the same person who brought us End of the F***cking World, Charlie Covell.
Putting a modern-twist to ancient mythology is exciting enough and we look forward to how the creators would breathe life into the gods and creatures. If given the chance, we would wish for Netflix to tackle some of the stories we are intrigued with—from the womanizing gods to the monsters that scared us as kids. Here are some of the topics that might be worth watching.
Justice for Medusa
The myths tell Medusa was once a beautiful maiden who was raped by Poseidon in the temple of Athena. To punish Medusa for the “crime” she committed, Athena then cursed her, giving locks of snakes on her head. If we would stick to this version, victim-blaming then has been around since the ancient times. But we hope this story will bring justice to Medusa—set in an alternate universe, perhaps?
The Rome’s Foundation
It would be nice if we could see how Rome was founded by Romulus, who by the way killed his own brother. He was also the leader when the Romans set out to find waves, unfolding the story of the “Rape of the Sabine Women.” Politics and patriarchy played a major role in the foundation of Rome, that’s for sure. Not sure if this will still require a “modern twist” when both are still present in the society.
Greek and Roman Gods Crossover
For Percy Jackson fans, they’ve read how Greek and Roman gods are the same, yet different in demeanor. It might be a little confusing, but maybe Kaos could create a story about Greek and Roman counterparts.
The Greek Monsters
Okay, we want to see how Netflix would portray the Greek monsters. The one-eyed cyclops, the half-bull minotaur, the shape-shifting empousa, the multiple-headed hydra, and the three-headed dog cerberus. We’re excited on how Kaos would portray it in a modern setting.
The Sons of Zeus
We know Zeus disguises himself as a human being and womanizes in the mortal world. He is the father to several demigods like Perseus, Heracles, and Minos, to name a few. Will it be wrong to wish for a siblings’ brawl?
King Midas and His Touch
If you are given the power to turn everything you touch into gold, would you accept it? For King Midas, it was both a blessing and a curse. How will King Midas use this power and not turn his daughter into gold?
The Nine Muses
The Nine Muses were said to be the inspiration of artists. Kaos can educate people of the different muses and make a fun story out of it, starting with Calliope, the superior muse who helped Homer write Iliad and Odyssey.
There is no final date yet but Kaos will be shown sometime this year. We’ll be waiting for adventures that will bring us to the edge of our seats, and possibly an awareness of power and politics.