Quick TV Series Review – ‘Alex Rider’ (Season 1)

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

I’ve seen the new ‘Alex Rider’ web TV series on Amazon Prime Video and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My Mum and I watched the eight-episode series via our home computer for about a week. I highly recommend the series, since it’s full of action, tension, drama and thrills for you to enjoy all the way.

I’ve been meaning to watch this series for some time since it was released on Amazon Prime Video back in June this year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic still happening – please keep safe – this was an amazing opportunity for my Mum and me to check out the series as we’re interested in Alex Rider.

It was back in 2006 that I became interested in Alex Rider. He was created by prolific author Anthony Horowitz and he first appeared in the 2000 book ‘Stormbreaker’. I read that book before I saw the 2006 movie ‘Stormbreaker’, starring Alex Pettyfer. The new web TV series is way different than the film. 😀

I later read five more books featuring Alex Rider, including ‘Point Blanc’, ‘Skeleton Key’, ‘Eagle Strike’, ‘Scorpia’ and ‘Ark Angel’. I haven’t read the Alex Rider books for a long while, but I was looking forward to checking out the new web TV series on Amazon Prime Video and I hoped I would enjoy it.

Thankfully I did enjoy it and it was interesting to see what was different in the TV series compared to what I had seen in the movie and what I can remember from reading the books. This eight-episode season is an adaptation by Guy Burt of the second Alex Rider book ‘Point Blanc’ with elements of ‘Stormbreaker’.

I’m not so familiar with ‘Point Blanc’ as I am with ‘Stormbreaker’ since, again, I haven’t read the books in a long while. The ‘Stormbreaker’ elements in the TV series are mainly to set up Alex Rider as a teenager spy with the death of his uncle Ian Rider and the inclusion of Yassen Gregorovitch. 🙂

The series is about Alex Rider, who is a 14-year-old boy at a school in London who gets recruited by the Department of Special Operations, a subdivision of the Secret Intelligence Service – MI6, after the death of his uncle Ian. He has to infiltrate a controversial corrective academy – Point Blanc, in the French Alps – for the wayward offspring of the ultra-rich, which is run by the sinister Dr. Greif. 😐

As I watched the TV series, things that I could remember about the ‘Point Blanc’ book from reading it came back to me. It was still pretty gripping to watch the series, especially when the mystery concerning Point Blanc intensifies and the perils that Alex Rider finds himself in are pretty intense. 😮

The cast are brilliant in this! Otto Farrant is excellent as Alex Rider, delivering the layers required for the character as I remember him in the books. There’s also Stephen Dillane as Alan Blunt, the head of the Department of Special Operations as well as Vicky McClure as Mrs. Jones, the deputy head. There’s also Andrew Buchan as Ian Rider, Alex’s uncle as well as Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo as Jack Starbright.

Jack Starbright was the housekeeper of the Rider household in the books. Interesting side-note! In the ‘Stormbreaker’ movie, Jack was played by Alicia Silverstone who’s white and Mrs. Jones was played by Sophie Okonedo who’s black. Here in the TV series, Jack is played by a black woman and Mrs. Jones is played by a white woman. Interesting reversal of colour changes to these characters. 🙂

The series also features Brenock O’Connor as Tom Harris, Alex’s best friend (who was in the books, first appearing in ‘Scorpia’); Liam Garrigan as Martin Wilby; Ace Bhatti (who was in ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’) as John Crawley; Thomas Levin as Yassen Gregorovitch; Haluk Bilginer as Dr. Greif; Howard Charles (who was in ‘The Musketeers’ BBC TV series) as Wolf; Nyasha Hatendi as Smithers; Ana Ularu as Eva Stellenbosch and Marli Siu as Kyra Vashenko-Chao. All the cast members are great!

So yeah! The new ‘Alex Rider’ web TV series comes highly recommended! I need to get back into reading the Alex Rider books again sometime, which I hope to do so soon with ‘Stormbreaker’ and ‘Point Blanc’. If you ever need an action-packed spy drama series, then the new ‘Alex Rider’ TV series on Amazon Prime Video is the one for you! I hope there’ll be a second season made of it someday. 🙂

Incidentally, I found the show’s theme song ‘The World is Mine’ by Samm Henshaw quite catchy, as my Mum and I watched each episode of the series in the week. 😀

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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