"Hollywood accounting ledgers are packed with presumptive film franchises that, owing to fickle audiences (and cinematic flaws), barely started (Eragon, The Golden Compass) or never finished (The Chronicles of Narnia, Divergent)," says Daniel Fienberg. "As it does with all things entertainment, TV has been picking up the slack. His Dark Materials is chugging along at HBO and the BBC, Chronicles of Narnia has had a TV series in development at Netflix for a while and, after failing on the big screen, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events was reconceived at Netflix to general acclaim. By almost any standard, 2006's Stormbreaker (or Alex Rider: Stormbreaker in the United States) was a disaster. The feature adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's well-liked espionage saga failed to make back even a modest budget and earned reviews that, at best, called the star-studded — Ewan McGregor! Damian Lewis! Alicia Silverstone! Mickey Rourke! Bill Nighy! — movie 'forgettable.' Welcome to the streaming revolution, Alex Rider. The new TV series bearing the teenage spy's name premieres on Friday on Amazon's IMDb TV platform and it has already been renewed for a second season, meaning that audiences can feel some liberty to get invested. And as for the series itself? It's fine! The decision was made to double down on exposition for this reintroduction to Alex Rider and his undercover world, which leads to long stretches of narrative clunkiness. But it feels like a reasonable eight-episode set-up for a fun series. Plus, maybe if people tune in for this launch, somebody will see fit to give the budget a necessary boost."