On paper, “The Queen’s Gambit” may possibly not audio like a persuasive drama: Primarily based on a novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix collection tells the tale of Beth Harmon as she rises via the entire world of aggressive chess, ultimately having on the globe winner from the Soviet Union.
But on the most recent episode of the Original Content podcast, your hosts are unanimous in their adore for the sequence. We converse a bit about some of the flaws (a set up-large first episode, the unsatisfying treatment method of Beth’s mate Jolene), but for the most part, we’re happy to commit our time praising the clearly show.
Some of that has to do with the period setting — “The Queen’s Gambit” traces Beth’s lifestyle as a result of the 1950s and ’60s, with some delightfully retro sets and costumes, together with a distinct-eyed solution in the direction of the condescension and sexism that Beth faces in her early matches.
At the similar time, it’s Beth (performed by Anya Taylor-Pleasure) who pulls you through all 8 episodes as they depict her elaborate relationship with her foster mom, her struggles with compound abuse and her friendships with other chess gamers. Whilst Beth has a handful qualities you are going to recognize from other difficult geniuses portrayed on-display, she’s eventually as well complicated to boil down to a one idea or logline.
And whilst you really do not want to know substantially about chess to delight in “The Queen’s Gambit,” the show’s emphasis on character and persona allows it to depict aggressive chess in a way that is, in simple fact, thrilling.
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f you’d like to skip in advance, here’s how the episode breaks down:
4:28 “The Queen’s Gambit” overview
34:11 “The Queen’s Gambit” spoiler discussion