Spoiler-Free Review of “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix: Your Move

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“Chess isn’t the only thing in life…”

The Queen’s Gambit is a limited series that premiered on Netflix on October 23rd 2020 with seven episodes. The series stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Harry Melling, Moses Ingram, and Marielle Heller. Each episode is approximately 50-60 minutes in length.

Based on the 1983 novel of the same name, The Queen’s Gambit follows the journey of chess prodigy orphan, Beth Harmon, who embarks on a quest to be the world’s greatest chess player. Over the years, Beth deals with addiction and grief while struggling to prove her worth in the male dominated game to earn her rightful place. The series takes place during the 1960’s.

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The Queen’s Gambit has so many defining layers that draw you into this world immediately. While female empowerment automatically comes to mind, the story that is told extends well beyond that, reminding us that even those of us with extraordinary talents can damage everything with the choices we make.

The Queen’s Gambit is filled with aesthetic appeal, a talented cast, and an inspiring story, but is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Anya Taylor-Joy is perfection.

I was already a fan of hers, but she blew me away in her portrayal of Beth Harmon. She was magnetic on screen and so convincing down to the tiniest detail. Her wardrobe was fantastic and her emotions were so raw and convincing. I think she absolutely deserves some awards in the future for this role.

A story that pulls you in from the very start.

I didn’t immediately add this show to my watch-list and it’s not normally something that I would select on my own. However, I am beyond thrilled that I took this recommendation and I quickly found myself lost in the story.

There’s something about this story that transcends its premise. It has a lot of heart and inspiration embedded in its core, but it also doesn’t hold back when it comes to the mistakes and hardships either, which made me connect to it even more.

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Important lessons that really strike a chord.

While I loved the female empowerment elements in this series, I thought that the struggle with addiction was even more vital. Spiraling out of control into addiction isn’t usually defined in one moment. It’s slow and develops over time. Perhaps it stems from a past event or something beyond our control, but when it starts to cripple and destroy the extraordinary talent that so many of us would love to covet, it’s absolutely heartbreaking to witness.

The series could have really hit us over the head with a lot of this and I thought that its approach was simple, but effective. I think that there were a lot of really important messages throughout this series that should not be ignored and when we talk about overcoming something in life, we are the only ones with the power to change it.

The Cons:

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I don’t have a single con to mention…check.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 1000 percent! Checkmate!

I honestly went into this show without knowing what to expect. I thought that it might be somewhat interesting, but I was worried that I would lose interest quickly. Well, I was completely wrong and I am so glad that I started watching this show.

It was one of the best shows I have watched all year and it truly resonated with me. I recommend that you move this to the top of your watch-list even if it doesn’t seem like your cup of tea…trust me, you’ll love it!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Queen’s Gambit in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 7: “The Queen’s Gambit”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 7, I realized that “everybody has their weaknesses,” but sometimes we can turn our weakness into our strength.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “The Queen’s Gambit,” Murphy agrees to a dangerous chess game with Sheidheda. Meanwhile, Emori attempts to maintain order in Sanctum, Echo has trouble dealing with her grief, and Madi just wants to play soccer.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 7 are:


“She’s the key to everything…”

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OK, we get it. Clarke is the key. But why is she the key? After Gabriel is captured and brought to Anders, he learns that they need his help. In order for the true power of the stones to be unlocked, we need the key, but we still don’t know why Clarke is that key.

Gabriel agrees to help, but I’m curious to know more. We get this big talk about transcendence, which makes me wonder if Clarke is basically the key to the entire universe?


“How much do you want to know?”

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Diyoza is more than thrilled to be reunited with her daughter, Hope, but she also doesn’t want her to follow in her footsteps. I think it’s safe to say that Hope did the right thing by training to fight, but I’m not sure she’s ready to truly face off against her bad-ass mother.

Hope learns a little bit more about her mother’s past and her father, but it’s clear that she is still trying to form some kind of identity. Let’s just hope this reunion isn’t short lived…


“It’s not your fault.”

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I’ll take a Bellamy flashback until we get some real confirmation on his actual fate. I still don’t want to believe that our beloved character is dead, but it’s safe to say that Echo is not handling this well and I can’t say that I really blame her.

During the flashback, Bellamy reminds Echo that they are a team and talks to her about loyalty. Echo says that loyalty can’t be a weakness, but perhaps there is a lesson in here somewhere for her. Oh and we get a steamy Becho kiss in there…

In present day, Octavia tries to get through to Echo, understanding what she is going through, but Echo uses pain and anger to fight through. She slices her own face and is ready to fight, but is she going down a dangerous path?


“I know what it’s like to be thrown out like garbage.”

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Meanwhile, Emori finally gets her moment in the spotlight. She has the chance to host a gathering that will bring the people of Sanctum together, but this is easier said than done. Emori is getting used to her new life, but she also remembers where she came from.

However, Emori’s plan goes south when Nikki crashes the party. There’s a new group taking over Sanctum and it looks like Emori is in some serious trouble now.


“Your move…”

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The most interesting part of the episode was the chess showdown between Sheidheda (Russell Prime) and our very own cockroach, John Murphy. Murphy is up for the challenge, but the stakes are high and he knows that people will die if he loses.

There is this manipulative long con going on between the two of these characters and we finally see just what Sheidheda is capable of. We get a shout-out to Lexa, as Murphy brings her up to get under Sheidheda’s skin and we know that she is the one and true Commander!

Sheidheda talks a lot about survival, but he also brings up Murphy’s feelings for Emori. Murphy has always been one of my favorite characters on the show and part of that is because he really plays the jaded anti-hero so well. He makes the wrong decisions sometimes, but his love for Emori has really helped him became a hero.

We soon discover that Sheidheda was merely using Murphy to stall so that violence could erupt during Emori’s gathering. Murphy may have lost the match, but Sheidheda shouldn’t underestimate him.

Once again, this was another fantastic episode. At the very end, Clarke and the others arrive and meet up with Octavia and the characters being held captive. Clarke is exactly where Anders wants her to be and he wakes up…Bill. Remember him? He was the leader of the Second Dawn cult and knew Becca.

It looks like we’ll catch up with all of that in next week’s flashback episode.

May we meet again.

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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