The Queen's Gambit

The Queen's Gambit ★★★★★

Superb direction and production design, and another brilliant performance from Anya Taylor-Joy.

But the biggest point in the show's favor is that it exemplifies the kind of story-structure that makes for the most bingeable stories. Each episode is a relatively self-contained arc with a major conflict to overcome, yet the character development is heavily serialized, so that we want to know what happens to Beth Harmon next as soon as each episode ends.

If more television realized that shows are not 6-10 hour movies, but instead tried to find this perfect equilibrium of episodic to serialized storytelling, the medium would vastly improve.

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