Last weekend was spent (when I wasn’t wearing out my feet keeping up with Em) online watching TV shows on Catching up with old shows I haven’t seen in a while and discovering new shows. One show I discovered is called Endgame.

According to The Chess Website:

The chess end game is where tactical thinking dominates. You can have an overwhelming advantage but lose the game because of poor end game tactics. You can also be down material, with all hope lost, and come back and win with great end game tactics.

The main character is Arkady Balagan [Shawn Doyle] a Russian chess master residing at the Huxley Hotel in Vancover. His fiancée was murdered in a drive by shooting which he witnessed, this has traumatized him to the point where he cannot leave the hotel. Unfortunately since he cannot leave he has run up quite a bill with the Hotel and they are threatening to throw him out. He starts solving mysteries, with his above average intelligence and rather unique view of things he sees things the police and others don’t.

Since he can’t leave the hotel he needs people to do legwork for him, and this leads to an interesting cast of characters. First there’s Sam Besht [Torrance Coombs], a grad student who trades games with Balagan for his help, Danni is the pretty bartender who likes him and feels grateful to him (the first mystery involved someone she cared about), Pippa [Melanie Papalia], the sister of Balagan’s murdered sister, who helps him hoping he will return the favor and help solve her sister’s murder (something he apparently can’t face and therefore can’t help her with) and Alcina ALbeniz [Carmine Aguirre] the maid assigned to his room who thinks Balagan is ‘a child’ and (I guess) feels sorry for him or thinks he is helping people and so is willing to help him when she can, “Mr. Balagan I have a job.” He also sometimes gets the very reluctant help of the head of hotel security, Hugo Lum [Patrick Gallagher] a former homicide detective.

He pictures scenes in his head, he interviews people in his hotel room or by phone, he talks to little people on his chess board. He solves the mysteries and manages to squeak by with the hotel manager in regards to his bill. It is a very charming show.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

One response

  1. Sharmishtha says:

    sounds like an interesting, tough story.