On paper, “The Queen’s Gambit” won’t sound like a compelling drama: Based mostly on a novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix sequence tells the story of Beth Harmon as she rises by means of the world of aggressive chess, ultimately taking up the world champion from the Soviet Union.
However on the newest episode of the Authentic Content material podcast, your hosts are unanimous of their love for the sequence. We discuss a bit about among the flaws (a setup-heavy first episode, the unsatisfying remedy of Beth’s pal Jolene), however for probably the most half, we’re completely happy to spend our time praising the present.
A few of that has to do with the interval setting — “The Queen’s Gambit” traces Beth’s life by means of the Nineteen Fifties and ’60s, with some delightfully retro units and costumes, together with a clear-eyed method in the direction of the condescension and sexism that Beth faces in her early matches.
On the similar time, it’s Beth (performed by Anya Taylor-Pleasure) who pulls you thru all eight episodes as they depict her complicated relationship along with her foster mom, her struggles with substance abuse and her friendships with different chess gamers. Whereas Beth has a handful traits you’ll acknowledge from different troublesome geniuses portrayed on-screen, she’s finally too complicated to boil right down to a single thought or logline.
And whilst you don’t have to know a lot about chess to take pleasure in “The Queen’s Gambit,” the present’s give attention to character and persona permits it to depict aggressive chess in a method that’s, in reality, thrilling.
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4:28 “The Queen’s Gambit” overview
34:11 “The Queen’s Gambit” spoiler dialogue