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Ever wonder what it is like to be a spy? In this episode, Andrew breaks down the new IMDBtv series Alex Rider, available to stream direct on IMDB.com or Amazon Prime Video. Alex Rider is based on the series of YA novels written by Anthony Horowitz, which Andrew was a huge fan of growing up. If you are enjoying the show, don't forget to hit subscribe and share with your friends!

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Hi, I'm Andew selfproclaimed TV junkjoin me on my journey to watch as much original content fom the strangeServicesas I can I'll give you insight into the shows that you just don't havethe time to watch fair warning. This show will mostlikely contain spoilers. So if that's not your thing turn back now, don't mind spoilers, let's dive anwelcome to potquicks and chill, what's going on, guys welcome to yetanother episode of Podflix and chill. I am your host Ander and IAM extremelyexcited today to be talking about the IMDV TV series Alex Rider now before Idive into a plot summary of the show. You guys are probably wondering whatIMDB TV is and as best I can tell it is not a separate streaming platform. Youdo not have to pay a monthly premium to access all the content. All you have todo is go to imdbcom search the title you want to watch and if there's awatch now button underneath the title, you can click it and watch it rightfrom the website. I have no idea if they have any other original TV showsor films. Id really didn't. Do the research into it, because when I heardabout Alex rider dropping to streaming, all I cared about was finding out how Icould watch it so Alex wrider. For those who don'tknow, the series is summarized as such: The Adventures of a teenage spy on hismissions to save the world, so alex writers a fourteen year old kid whogets recruited by British government to become a spy, the first season of the show andthey've already green. Let a second season. The first season follows theplot of the second book,...

So Alex Rider is a series of novelsthat was written by author Anthony Hororwitz and the first novel was written in twothousand. It was a book called stormbreaker the next year. The secondbook point blank came out in April of two thousand and twenty the thirteentAlex wrider novel came out, so it's still very much popular and prominentand relevant, and they decided to adapt it to thesmall screen and take it right to streaming, which I think was a brilliant choicebecause they did a two thousand and six film for Stormbreaker, and it was Godawful. In fact, I didn't even see it, but the trailer was enough to make menot want to, and it apparently got really bad reviews. So they came to a small screen adaptationwhich I think suits the plot of the book better. So I'm going to read thesummary for point blank. The novel point. Blank is the second book in theAlex Rider Series written by British author Anthony Horwits. That's not the summary. Let's get intothe summary, Alex almost lost his life on his first spy mission, so he is nowreluctant to work for M sixteen again, he wants to enjoy being a teenager M.Sixteen convinces Alex to join them, however, and the young spy isimmediately enrolled in an elite International Alboy. Prep school calledpoint blank in France, so first things first right M. Sixteen, not Mi, six,probably for legal reasons, but I like the reference, the tongue and cheekthere anthony horrowits does this throughoutthe books, with the names of the female characters that Alex Interacts with. Sowe have one who makes an appearance in point: Blank named Fiona Friend, AKAphone, a friend and Alex's girlfriend in later novels, Sebena Pleasure, Aka.It's been a pleasure and that's just a hardcore reference toJames Bond Right. There I mean like, if you are a James, bon fan and you're like a teenager getting intothese books, then it's just a nice...

...little reference to James Bond, whichis what these novels set out to be, and in fact, Anthony Harwoits has written anumber of James Bond. Titles he's also written a number of Sherlock Holmestitles to so I like the tongue and cheek references there in the books.You see Alex, get access to a lot of very cool gadgets that are kid based,but along the same fantastical ridiculousness that you see in theJames Bond Universe in the show. However, what I do like that they didand what the showrunners talked about about the show was that they wanted to really groundit and make it feel like it could actually happen in modern times. So wedon't get a lot of the cool gadgets that Alex got in the books, but I willliken it to sort of the grounding that you see inthe Daniel Craig bond films right everything prior to Daniel Craig PierceBrasnin and before felt in a sense sort of fantastical. We get these coolgadgets and I think the peerse Bros and ARA Bron really bond really hyped thisup. But you get sort of this likeoutlandish feel to the different things happening and Daniel Craig's bond really takes thatand sort of grounds it and makes it believable and they the showrunners,did a fantastic job. With the Alex writer series of making thit,believable and say hey, this could actually happen in real life. So in the show, the M sixteenorganization is not named. It's an unnamed version of British secretintelligence. They even tell Alex at one point thatMi six finds information. We act on it or we know what to do with it orwhatever the line is, but...

...that's the that's the organization thatrecruits Alex and since this is based off the second book, this is obviouslyAlex's first mission in the TV series, so we have a little bit of expositionin the first episode where we set up Alex as a character we meet his uncle.An who we find out is a spy for this organization, and we meet Alex's bestfriend, Tom and in gets killed. Alex investigates thedeath because he doesn't believe that Ian was in a car accident because hewas speeding according to Alex. he always drove likea grandmother, so it didn't make sense to him. So he investigates the deathand finds out that in was actually a spyfor the British government and the organization winds up, recruiting Alex to help them investigate the point. Blank Academyand the reason they' need Alex is because this school is for troubledteenagers of some of the world's most elite people. So you have, you know, captainsof industry and finance and entertainment and arms trafficking andfarming, and they all have spoiled Brat Kids,who have been sent off to point blank to change and to graduates of point.Blank come back completely different and their parents begin to getsuspicious and they wind up mysteriously murdered. So they need somebody on the inside andthat's Alex, so they send him in undercover. He agrees not because hewants to be a spy, but because he wants to find out why his uncle EAN was killed. So he just wants to do this. OneMission for them find out why his uncle was killed for investigating it andcall it and then he's out, and that in a nutshell, is the plot of Alex wrider.

If you've ever thought about starting apodcast, let me tell you about anchor. Anchor is a free tool that makes itincredibly easy to get started with your new podcast. In fact, it's what Iuse with anchor. You can record and edit your show directly from your phoneor computer. They will distribute your show to major podcast platforms likeapple podcast and spotify, for you, you can even monetize your podcast with nominimum listener requirement. Oh, and did I mention it's free? All you have to do to get started, isdownload the free anchor APP or go to Anchor Dot FM. That's an CH, O R DOT FManchor. It's everything you need to make a podcast in one place. I want to talk a little bit about theactors in this series because at first I have to admit I thought there wasnobody famous in this show. I didn't recognize anybody from anything elseand I really liked that about the show because it didn't take me out of itwhen they did that two thousand and six stormbreaker you and McGregor playedAlex's uncle in and you got to remember two thousand and six, you and McGregoris coming off of three Star Wars: films, Playing Ob, oneKanobe, and I guarantee you if I had seen that in theaters I wouldn't bethinking hey, that's you and McGregor. That's that's! Thean writer I'd bethinking, hello, then, and I'd be thinking ob. One canove, so you know Idon't think necessarily that big name actors are always the way to go all thetime. So we have the character of Alex wriders portrayed by Otto ferrent, whoI've never seen anywhere before, but I got to tell you he is Alex Rider. Ithink he did a fantastic job, portraiin the character and all of thecomplexities of that character. Here's a kid who's pained by his uncle's death,who sort of once revenge, whois, extremely confident and kind of aLadi'sman, but at the same time he also...

...doesn't want the spy life. He doesn'twant to be a secret agent. He just wants to be a normal kid, and that isapparent back and forth throughout the entire eight episodes of the firstseason. Then we have his best friend, who is a joker he's a comic book, Nerdhe's a aspiring film director and they really use them as sort of apersonification of Alex's questioning becoming a spy, and I really liked thatthey did that. So his best friend is named Tom. Harris he's not a characterthat we see in the original point blank book, but he shows up later on in thenovels in the Book Scorpia and he still Alex's best friend he's a littledifferent in the books, but that that's irrelevant he's one of the only peoplethat knows about Alex's spy life and Tom Harris in the series is played byactor brannock o Connor. Now again, I didn't recognize him watching the showin doing episode. Prep for the PODCAST. I discovered and then realized that heis the same kid who stabs John Snow in the heart at the end of season five ofgame of throns. So if you're a got fan, you know that at the end of season five,the nights watch turns on John Snow and kills him before he comes back to life.Obviously, and the kid that delivers the final blow to John's heart is actorBrennock oconnor playing the character Ali. So I didn't realize that at first, butI thought that was really cool. We have another got alum in Alex Rider and thatis Steven Delane Aka stanus Berathian again, I didn't realize that stanus wasin the show either it might be because his character, Alan Blunt in Alexwrider, has a fullon beard and like long slick back, hair and Stanis wasalways looking dishevelled,...

...because you know nobody wanted him tobe the next king of the seven kingdoms. So I didn't recognize thim at first, but that's the other, like big name that Inoticed out of this show. I didn't recognize any other actors or actresses,that's not to say that they don't have prominent roles in England or theirrespective countries, but I just didn't recognize them from anything. But Ithought the acting was done superbly. I think everybody was extremely well castand I'm excited to see them return for season to because this show has alreadybeen greenlit for a season to, and you might think that's quick for ashow that just premiered in November here, but it was actually releasedinternationally over the summer. This is a show that was undergoing production in twothousand and nineteen, and it was released in international markets inJune, so it just didn't hit US sdreaming services until Novemberthirteent, but it's already been greenlit for a second season. I'mexcited to see where they go with it. I think think think think that they're going todo either the plot of Eagle strike or arc angel if you're familiar with thebooks, the way they outlined the plot of thisfirst season. Here, as I said it, I followed the plot of the second book,but they brought in elements from another book called Scorpia and Scorpiais the name of an underground criminal organization that has a very uniqueinterest in Alex which they sort of set up at the end of the season. But thenthey leave you on a cliffhanger and then the plot of the Scorpion booksort of divulges that a little bit more. I think it make the most sense to goeagle, strike or Archangel, because those are the two books that precedeScorpia in the novels and you get a little bit more Scorpio information outof those books before diving fully into the Scorpio plot,...

...and I think that would make the mostsense for a season to diving into a little bit more of a Scorpious subplot,while establishing Alex in his relationship with the British secretintelligence and then, if it gets renewed for a season three just goingfull fledged Scorpia. I think that's what they're going to doand in fact, when I was looking up facts about the Alex writer series here,they did say that they were planning on Doing Eagle strike as the second seasonof the show, which should be cool because that featureis, like a VR videogame, that sort of gets out of hand and then in the book Alex, get put throughan actual real life version of the video game. Where like. If he dies, hedies. It's not a it's, not something where his Avatarcan respond. So I'm curious to see if they follow that plot in the secondseason, because again they really wanted to ground everything and make itbelievable for the series and while that's a little fantastical, I justthink it'd be cool to see in real life, because you know that, like we'regetting those advancements in VR in real life- and you never know- maybethey can chalk it up to some some futuristic tech, but I thought theacting was great. I think the production was great. They didn'toveruse CGI, they didn't overuse green screen and I mean Sony Pictures. Televisionwas involved and if you guys are aware of them, they partnered with Apple TVplus on a couple of different TV shows there. So the budget for those TV showsfor those seasons was like three hundred million like two hundred fiftyto three hundred million. So I have to imagine this was probably in the ballparkof like a hundred and fifty to two hundred fifty. It was very cinematiclots of practical effects. One of the things I enjoyed the most was, eventhough we didn't get gadgets from Alex.

...we got a couple of scenes that wereripped like right off the pages of the book, which was Alex Fashioning asnowboard out of an ironing board to escape from the school because, as Isaid there, they're set up in the the French Alps middle of nowhere. Twentymiles to the nearest town Alex has to engineer a snowboard out of an ironingboard and races way down the mountain chasing. You know trying to get awayfrom the guards that are chasing him and that's a scene. That's ripped rightout of the pages of the book. I love it again, there's no gadgets, but that'sokay. The one gadgets that Alex does have doesn't work and it's an encryptedlike it's an MP three player with an encrypted text device, but they jammthe signal. The whole time so doesn't really get to use it. But the funnything when they were handing it to him was they say you know to access the theencrypted service just go to music playlists, new kids on the block andhe's like who are they and they're like exactly nobody's going to look there?So there were fun moments that are there for older fans such as myself,who might have grown up reading the ALEX wrider novels. But I liked the fact, too, that it isaccessible to a younger crowd like a teenagers orlike early teams or late teams. There's not excessive blood or Gore or anything.There's gone a knihe violence which yaure going to have in a spy thriller,but the camera always either pans away or takes a really long shot long wideshot whenever there's a stab or a gunshot taking place. So you neveractually see the Bloodr of the Gore and I think that makes it accessible tothe younger audience, but again still keeping it dark and brooding enough foran older crowd to get into it as well and to appreciate the storyline. I thought the the introduction to theshow Wa beautifully done. It is very...

...reminiscent of the bond films. You seethe the silhouette of alyx's character, running through different scenarios.You see different clips of the show throughout the opening credits, andeven the music is very like guitar rock driven ambient like reverb vocals. It's very very bond, I don't know thename of the song, though unfortunately, so somebody knows, let me know, butyeah, it's just a young teenage bond and how cool is that again? Who didn'twant to be a secret agent or something fantastic like that when they weregrowing up? I think this series does a great job in making that believable,even if that would never happen, they make it believable in this show andthey keep you engaged every single episode and I've really enjoyed thatabout it. I'm going to give this show a four point: five out of five chillpoints, and the only reason they're not getting a perfect score from me- isbecause there's a moment during that snowboard chase, where Alex is runningfrom the guys on the the snow, bikes and they're, literally like five feetfrom them from Alex, and they miss every single shot with their machinegun. I mean I get that they have to to further the plotforward, because youcan't kill off the main character, but I mean come on like they must haveattended training at stormtriper academy or something but yeah. Four point: Five chill pointsout of five. Let me know what you guys think about the show. Did you like it?Did you not? Are you going to watch it or are you not d? Did you guys ever read the books? Ifso, let me know because I can't be the only one- who's read these books and that's the show guys. I reallyappreciate you tuning in remember to...

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