One more day, we’re here, spies! After the review of the previous episode, it is the turn of Alex Rider episode 5. It is the episode that marks the beginning of the end of the season. The plot accelerates and the game board takes a complete turn that we didn’t expect.
Here we go!
Life in prison, that is, Point Blanc, runs its course and little by little the web of secrets that surrounds the place unravels. This boarding school is a place where experiment with students, practically turning them into robots and introducing them to ideas that are too much like the disgusting Nazi ideas. But we still don’t know why they do this … or what for. What do they want to achieve? Why do they experiment with their students?
At this point there is no clear theory on this. Because everything that occurs to us seems too improbable. And this is something the show does well. It’s brave introducing such dark and grown-up themes and making it so that we can’t guess what the final puzzle of all this is but that we enjoy trying. It is not easy to stay hooked in this way but the series does it. And, at the same time, it makes us shiver because Point Blanc is a more terrifying place than we think.
Knowing themselves in danger, they all join their skills and try to escape from Point Blanc but nothing goes as expected and Alex’s cover is at risk. Kyra has realized that his story does not quite fit and that he knows things that he should not know … she realizes that he is not who he says he is. And I love her for that.
It is very easy, in a spy thriller like this, to fall into the cliché of a female character who is only there to flatter the protagonist, not to help him, much less to question or save him. But the show is not like that, Kyra is not like that. She helps Alex and realizes that something is not right in his story, she questions him and mistrusts him.
At the same time, there is something that tells Kyra that, although Alex is not telling the whole truth, she can trust him because he is one of the good guys. That is why she helps him. At the end of the day, she’s taking a leap of faith, trusting her instincts, that thing she feels in her heart that she can trust Alex despite that the facts make him a liar. And I’m super proud of her for doing it. Isn’t they adorable? They’re so cute!
For his part, Yassen investigates until he reaches Tom and, from there, Alex. This is really dangerous. He has located Alex, he knows that he is in Point Blanc and, in addition, he has Tom in his sights because he knows that he and Jack are the people Alex loves the most … and life has taught him that he can use them to get to him because they are his weakness – also his strength but a murderer like Yassen doesn’t understand something like that, he only sees them as Alex’s weak point, a means to an end -.
This changes everything, Alex is in more danger than ever … and our worst fears are confirmed when a security breach makes its way in Point Blanc and Yassen alerts them to Alex’s true identity and that MI6 is quite close to discover them. This changes the whole game board because it has different implications.
For one hand, Alex’s cover has blown up and that means Dr. Grief and his minions are going to try to finish him off. At the same time, being so on edge makes them have nothing to lose and their plans rush. So whatever it is they want to do, they’re going to get it going now. For this reason, the story leaves the cruising rhythm and we begin to enter the final stretch. In the great storm that is going to destroy everything. And I love it!
Now there are no more covers or theaters. It is clear to Dr. Grief and his minions that Alex and the allies he has found at Point Blanc are their enemies and vice versa. A fight of the titans is coming … who will win?
As if that were not enough, there is a moment that I think is worth mentioning. At Point Blanc, Alex comes face to face with Yassen. He does not know that he is his uncle’s murderer but he does suspect that he is not one of the good guys. Something tells him not to trust Yassen … it’s a sensation that puts him on high alert mode the second he meets him.
However, Yassen could have killed him at that time. The problem would end. In fact, he should have killed him if his goal was to prevent MI6 from finding out what is really going on at Point Blanc … but he doesn’t. In fact, Yassen himself says that this is not the time … but why? The time for what? Call me naive but I don’t think it’s to kill him.
I felt like a kind of sparkle in Yassen’s eyes when he found Alex. The spark of recognition. The spark of secrets yet to be discovered. And then I can’t help but think that we don’t know who Alex’s father is, could it be Yassen? Right now he’s in my pools, that’s for sure.
With everything upside down and about to explode, we come to episode 6 that we will analyze tomorrow.
In conclusion, this episode is the one that marks the beginning of the final stretch of the season. The plot accelerates, many secrets are discovered but they introduce us to more unknowns. The characters we love are in more danger than ever and all the plots that had previously been introduced to us are starting to explode … preparing for the final big explosion. This is one of the best episodes of the season for me. From here, the show only gains quality.