The Queen's Gambit ★★★★

While it’s not the worst example I have ever seen, I did find the Magical Negro Trope in the last episode the only eye-rolling moment throughout this 7-hour endeavor. Otherwise, the series is excellent across the board, one of the best that Netflix has put out.

I’m a big fan of both Walter Tevis as a novelist and Scott Frank as a writer/director so when the review popped up on rogerebert.com, I knew my weekend would consist of a dedicated binge watch. Gambit did not disappoint, somehow wringing suspense and tension from chess scenes despite my very limited knowledge of the game. 

Lastly, cast in this was excellent, especially Isla Johnston, Ana Taylor-Joy and Marielle Heller. Oh and can’t forget Bill Camp, who always brings the goods.

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