The Queen’s Gambit: a ReviewOn December 10, 2020 by Julia Weber
“The Queen’s Gambit,” on Netflix, has been in the top ten most watched movies and TV shows in the US every day since it came out on October 23. The seven episode limited series was named after a classic chess opening, and was based on a novel by the same name. It has gained popularity in the US, the UK, and Russia. It is currently the most watched limited series on Netflix, and has been watched by hundreds of millions globally.
The series follows orphan, Beth Harmon, as she is put in an orphanage and learns to play chess. The orphanage has so many young children, that they have taken to giving them tranquilizers to help sedate them. Young Beth receives instructions from her only friend, Jolene to save them until night, so she doesn’t get tired during the day. This causes her to gain a serious addiction to the green pills. One class, she is sent to the basement to clean the erasers, there she meets the chess-playing janitor, and her journey begins.
In my opinion, the show is extremely well executed, and has sparked an interest in chess never seen before. People have been so inspired to play, that for months after the show was released, it has been difficult to buy a chess board online. I think that the show is definitely worth watching, and it is hard not to binge it in one night. The series is seven episodes, each between an hour, and an hour and a half long. It is a nail-biting series that will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time.
The show is rated TV-MA for substances, language, and smoking. I think that while those are parts of the series, it is much more enjoyable if you focus on the chess-playing aspect of the show. I would greatly recommend this limited series to anyone who enjoys somewhat dark television. It also does an extraordinary job of pulling you in for more; just try to watch only the first episode. Each episode leaves you wanting more, and the ending is so satisfying to watch. My only downpoint is that there is no way it could be continued into a real show, so don’t get too attached. My final rating for “The Queen’s Gambit,” is 10/10, simply because of how good the story is.