Alex Rider: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Alex Rider

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Alex Rider's first season takes a minute to find it's footing, but once it does it proves a solid entry into the espionage game that the whole family can enjoy.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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User Ratings: 51

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Cast & Crew

Nyasha Hatendi
Smithers
Jon Moore
Blunt's driver
Ronke Adekoluejo
Jack Starbright
Ana Ularu
Eva Stellenbosh
Vicky McClure
Mrs. Jones
Karl Farrer
Special Agent
Thomas Levin
Yassen Gregorovitch
Otto Farrant
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Critic Reviews for Alex Rider Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

Perhaps there are things to relate to in the Alex Rider novels of British writer Anthony Horowitz, but this new series is more front-loaded with that generic blue-tinged blandness that afflicts so much second-string European thriller TV.

Jul 31, 2020 | Full Review…

With any luck, it will buy Alex Rider time to find its feet, decide on its audience and fully realise the vision that floats just underneath the spectacle.

Jun 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It's hardly Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, but it succeeds in making the story of a schoolboy super-spy seem marginally more credible.

Jun 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The darker tone certainly feels like a smart move on paper, but it does mean that the show sometimes forgets to have a bit more fun along the way.

Aug 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Can't help but entice the viewer with each new reveal and narrative advancement

Jul 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Solid, but safe television... when compared to the likes of Killing Eve or the Kingsman movies.

Jun 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Although this latest crack at the book series is unlikely to set the world on fire it provides solid entertainment, measured performances and breadth.

Jun 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Rather than being tedious coming-of-age claptrap about relationships and getting drunk for the first time, it's a splashy espionage story with a family-fun sensibility and a great helping of charm and energy.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Alex Rider is a surprisingly deft adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's books, full of smart choices that leave it feeling slick and stylish

Jun 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Despite tedious but inevitable tweaks to the established character however, the show is an impressive production and Farrant is a real find as Alex, ably supported by the likeable Brenock O'Connor as his friend Tom.

Jun 9, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

What sparks of humour there are come courtesy of Farrant and O'Connor's easy rapport, and the tone never quite settles. But it's polished and entertaining enough to keep older kids occupied.

Jun 8, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Alex Rider is a thoroughly enjoyable substitute for spy fans, and, best of all, a worthy update of the popular book series, too.

Jun 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Alex Rider: Season 1

  • Aug 08, 2020
    All in all a great show with outstanding photography and a catchy dark thiller atmosphere.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    Great show!!! As faithful to the book as you can whilst keeping it realistic. Really great adaptaion.
  • Aug 06, 2020
    I loved the book, I think the TV series lost a lot by not following the book faithfully. The book was fast and fun, the TV series was slow and ordinary. The dark scenes a lot of the way through were annoying and the noisy music didn't fit. The end scenes were disjointed and awkward. I missed the James Bond stunts ... getting out of the soon-to-be crushed car ... what made the books was the young James Bond character and situations .... it was lost in the screen story. I don't know how "Alex Rider" can recover in the next series to go back to being a racy young James Bond from being portrayed as just a clever schoolboy in the first series...I don't think he can. Should have stuck to the book story which is what made Alex Rider famous even if it meant spending a bit more on the screen portrayal.
  • Jul 14, 2020
    This season is so good! Any fan of the Alex Rider books will enjoy this show. It is the Alex everyone loves, just a little bit older. The show has an amazing cast and is directed beautifully. The cinematography is top-notch and the show has really good pacing. Kudos to Otto Farrant as Alex Rider and Brenock O'Connor as Tom. They have a great screen friendship and powerfully bring their characters to life. This is a show to see!
  • Jul 11, 2020
    I feel like this is more disappointing than people think the Stormbreaker movie was, a very dull teen bond film. I stopped watching half way through episode 2 it was so dull and asked to watch the superior Stormbreaker, which is on the same streaming service. It messes with the timeline of the events of the books and they invented a new character out of thin air. The producers read the first 2 once and said, "To many white people" and changed the race of characters. Doing this is progressive but I don't know many ginger black people (Jack Starbright).
  • Jul 07, 2020
    Hooked from the begging, it is so good! The actors are perfect for their roles. Also well done to the guy who recruited the actors to be the school children, because they actually look 15, whereas most movies/programmes have 25 year olds as teens in schoola (17 again, the kissing booth, to all the boys i've loved before) - IT SO SO AMAZING!
  • Jul 05, 2020
    I reviewed this after the first episode and in a nutshell said that it wasn't a patch on the film, was odd to see it start with an inexplicable revison of the film plot, and that the film had much more to offer. I haven't changed my mind after watching the whole of the first series. I wish that film makers would get out of the trendy current habit of filming mostly in dark, dim lighting with everything colour co-ordinated in aqua/teal/turquoise with the use of a filter I think sometimes. It's very irritating because it strains the eyes and is hard to see what's going on in some scenes and distracts from the viewing experience rather than adding atmosphere. This series isn't alone. For two examples, the overkill of darkness happened in the last Star Trek movie I saw and totally spoiled it for my hubby and me, and the distracting colour co-ordination is going on in the Hanna series. I feel another review coming on. My next disappointment is the eponymous character Alex. In the film he is brilliant at self-defence as well as his other attributes. The series character has been written down as a half-wimp who can run and pick locks, etc, but is so inept at self-defence that practically anyone can beat him up. Urrgh. And it's staggering that when he finds his co-prisoners locked up, he refuses to let them out saying that they are safer there for the time being, despite how distressed they are. How could they be safer locked up like sitting ducks rather than finding a place to hide from would be assassins? I'm surprised that they all didn't beat him up when they were let out, I would have, with great ease it seems.
  • Jun 24, 2020
    While I haven't watched all of it, sitting through the first two episodes was so much of a chore it completely put me off watching any more. Dull, lifeless and the humour really didn't land for me. Maybe it gets better and if I ever give it another chance and it impresses me down the line i shall happily hold my hands up and change my review. However, for now it feels too drawn out, I think it suited the movie format the original attempt went for more than the slower paced narative a tv series dictates. That and massively altering the timeline of the source material I loved as a kid kinda ruined it.
  • Jun 16, 2020
    Good action, sometimes it is so exciting, that i feel like when I saw Prison Break.
  • Jun 14, 2020
    I grew up with the Alex Rider books so you can imagine how stoked I was when the series was announced, especially after the disastrous Operation Stormbreaker flop back in 2006. This first season has plenty of grit, humor, silliness and action to make it enjoyable to a very vast audience. I personally loved it. Alex is played brilliantly by Otto Farrant, and the slight changes made from the books have helped in credibility and in setting the tone, with its exceptional dark cinematography and diverse score driving you with the pace of a rollercoaster (in a good way, since the occasional slow pacing enabled to flesh out some of the other characters that, in their interaction with Alex, make him who he actually is). Another highlight is Yassen Gregorovich, played exceptionally by Thomas Levin. He does not have that much of screen time, but what little he has he plays to perfection. He's exactly how I pictured him in the books: cold, cinical, pragmatic and a badass. Sony & Eleventh Hour Films did a great job. I can't wait for season 2 already!

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