Saturday, November 28, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Queen’s Gambit

The Queen’s Gambit: Season 1, Episode 4 “Middle Game” (B+)

It’s so interesting to see how Beth responds to way her opponent acts and treats her. Girev was so kind and respectful, telling her what an honor it was to meet her, and she in turn purposely distracted him by walking around and pushing him to make a mistake. She heard Borgov talking about her in the elevator and referring to her as a drunk, but she should have had the upper hand due to her knowledge of the Russian language. She still managed to get thrown off during the match and resigned angrily, hardly the noble way in which Girev knocked over his king. Going upstairs to find her mother dead, something she didn’t realize until after she didn’t hear a reaction to her story, was a harrowing development that is clearly going to push her to self-medicate and take advantage of the surprising news from the doctor that a prescription isn’t needed for the pills she so likes in Mexico. Her father’s response to hearing that his wife was dead was so detached, and he didn’t seem to care at all that the girl he had adopted is now going to be living in a house all by herself with no one to support her. She’ll likely be spending all of her time in this chess world, indulging in alcohol and tranquilizers that she’ll use to try to keep herself focused. What she could use now is a friend, and hopefully she’ll grow closer with one of the many chess enthusiasts she’s met on the tournament circuit.

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