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provided I can understand a thing.
Perhaps it is age, but at this point I won't watch anything without closed captioning. I never have to worry about accents or mumblers again! Besides...the accent in this area isn't THAT bad. lol

The series was good. It's a detective story with enough surprises to stay interesting. Sometimes these shows rely too much on red herrings, twists, or painfully obvious outcomes. This one found balance enough to make it work until the very end.


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Well now that y'all know Anya Taylor-Joy, I'm going to recommend Thoroughbreds again (I mentioned it here back in 2018).
It's better than the audience score, maybe even as good as the critic's score. And Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One/Sound Of Metal) is also in it.

(full disclosure: I haven't seen The Queens Gambit)
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Well now that y'all know Anya Taylor-Joy, I'm going to recommend Thoroughbreds again (I mentioned it here back in 2018).
It's better than the audience score, maybe even as good as the critic's score. And Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One/Sound Of Metal) is also in it.

(full disclosure: I haven't seen The Queens Gambit)

Will actually give this a go. Anya was fantastic in The VVitch, and TQG was just wonderful TV. I like Olivia Cooke a lot too. Thanks for bumping the recommendation.
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(full disclosure: I haven't seen The Queens Gambit)

Update: I have now. All of it.

I liked the acting, the wardrobe(!) and the overall look of the thing.

Fun fact: the guy who wrote the book also wrote The Hustler & The Color of Money (both famous Paul Newman films). And thinking about it, there are some similarities between The Hustler and TQG. Both productions/books are about uniquely talented but flawed individuals. Both involve performative sports/games.
The reason I looked up the writer of TQG was because I had some thoughts on what he/she might be like (see under spoiler tags for more).

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The addiction angle in particular caught my eye. First we get the sedatives and then the booze.
For me this felt like overkill; the pills would have been enough. But Beth's adoptive mother likes to indulge in both, and soon Beth has added booze to her own addictive tastes.
There's a scene in one of the later episodes where Beth meets an old classmate with her baby in a department store. Under the pram we see a bag from the liquor store, then we see Beth's own bag from the liquor store.

I thought: this writer has grown up in an environment where people are either self-medicating with booze, or they're full-on alcoholics.

Well it turns out the writer himself was the alcoholic. His name was Walter Tevis. From his Wikipedia page:

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Tevis was a frequent smoker, gambler and alcoholic, and his works often included these vices as central themes.[19]
Tevis took some of the money he earned from the movie rights to The Hustler and moved his family to Mexico, where he later claimed that he "stayed drunk for eight months."[19]
When Tevis was drinking, he couldn't write.[19] According to his son Will, "[Walter Tevis] is the [anti-]hero of all his own books."[20]
Having a heart condition, Tevis was given phenobarbital at a young age. This is considered part of the inspiration for the character Beth Harmon in The Queen's Gambit,
and according to Tevis, part of the reason for his later alcoholism.

Speaking of the adoptive, boozy mother, I was saddened when she was killed off. Beth losing one mother was tragic, but losing a second one felt like too much. I wanted the mother to keep Beth on the straight and narrow, rather than turn her onto booze. It reminded me of Amy Winehouse who once said she wasn't disciplined enough by her parents. And look how things turned out for Amy.
So for me, overkill on the addictions and overkill on the...dead mothers.

What I would have liked more of was actually 9 year old Beth and Mr Shaibel. I liked their grumpy-yet-respectful relationship. And I would have liked Beth to have stayed in touch with
him after she left the Orphanage. He might have been the responsible father figure she needed in her life (although he too had a penchant for the booze!).
Come to think of it, I would have liked more Jolene too; a sort of big-sister figure. Surely an orphan would want to stay in contact with whatever "family" they have managed to acquire?
Why did Jolene have to come looking for Beth in the final episode? (rhetorical question).

Anyway, these are aspects I might not have got stuck into if the show hadn't got "stuck into" me. It gets under your skin...and then it's all over.
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