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Endgame 1 Season 2011

Season 1
4.0 out of 5 stars (52) IMDb 7.7/10

Endgame is an original drama series centering on a brilliant chess master Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver hotel, terrified to step outside. To pay his bill, Balagan starts solving mysteries - using an unlikely band of hotel employees and chess fanatics to do his legwork.

Starring:
Shawn Doyle, Patrick Gallagher

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1. Opening Moves

Balagan's first case is launched when Danni pleads with him to find a missing boy and, in a race against time, he enlists Sam and Alcina to help.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 14, 2011
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2. Turkish Hold'em

A daring robbery during a high-stakes poker game forces Hugo to ask Balagan for help, prompting the chess master to create his own complex plot to trap the culprit.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 21, 2011
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3. The Caffeine Hit

Hired by a desperate amnesiac, Balagan begins to unravel the man's complicated identity while battling with Pippa over the investigation into his fiancée's murder.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 21, 2011
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4. The Other Side of Summer

In order to help his former mentor on the police force, Hugo is forced to ask Balagan for help in solving a baffling decades-old cold case about a missing teenage girl.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 4, 2011
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5. I Killed Her

A mysterious doctor tells Balagan that he is responsible for the murder of a woman found in the hotel pool during a Psychiatric Conference, drawing Balagan into a complex and dangerous game.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 11, 2011
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6. I Killed Her

Enlisted by a terrified family to help solve the inexplicable bombing of their car, Balagan is sidetracked by an unexpected match with a 16-year-old world chess champion.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 18, 2011
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7. Gorillas in Our Midst

Smitten by a beautiful Chinese cryptologist, Sam convinces Balagan to try to solve an intricate puzzle involving a vital secret and an attractive, conniving female journalist.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 25, 2011
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8. The White Queen

When the imperious heiress of the Huxley Hotel empire descends for an inspection, she coerces Balagan into helping her find her son, who has mysteriously disappeared.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 2, 2011
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9. Huxley, We Have a Problem

A boisterous reunion between Balagan and his longtime buddy, a Russian cosmonaut, is interrupted when an aerospace engineer plunges to his death and Balagan's friend is accused of the murder.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 9, 2011
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10. Bless This Union

When the hotel safe is robbed during an extravagant Indian wedding celebration, the distraught couple asks Balagan to help recover their stolen gifts- but is it an inside job or the work of professionals?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 16, 2011
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11. Mr. Black

Balagan is forced to match his chess skills against a computer when his anonymous online opponent reveals that he is playing for lethally high stakes - the lives of a group of innocent hostages.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 30, 2011
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12. Polar Opposites

A rock star rock star hires Balagan to find $200,000 stolen from him - a mystery that also involves colourful groupies, a missing polar bear, and the kidnapped grandmother of Danni's estranged husband.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 6, 2011
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13. Deadman Talking

After Balagan investigates the sudden death of a hotel security guard, he is forced to face his worst nightmare.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 13, 2011
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The star of this show is a former Russian world champion Chess master. His wife was murdered, but he also believes the murder was an attempt on his life - a conspiracy. This occurred outside the "Huxley" hotel in what appears to be Vancouver, B.C. As a result of the trauma, out star is agoraphobic and will not go outside the hotel. He attempts to solve the mystery of his wife's murder with help from his sister in law, the very cute Pipa (sp) (the underlying ongoing subplot).

To make ends meet, he solves various crimes that occur in and around the hotel. Since he will not leave the hotel, he is aided in in his investigations by a graduate student (Sam) who helps in exchange for chances to play the grandmaster; Dani, the beautiful bartender; and a delightful maid.

Being arrogant, demanding, and disruptive, he has love/hate relationships with hotel management and security, whom he constantly insults yet they too often need his help.

While solving each episodes mystery, there are very nice sequences where he plays the possible scenarios in his head (while we watch and listen).

Although the mysteries are good, it is the humor and quirkiness that endear me to this show. It is both funny and a mystery; a unique idea and perspective. I was not immediately impressed by this series, but after a few episodes, I was hooked. Can't wait for next season. It is not expensive so I recommend buying the entire season and give it a chance or at least a few episodes before you write this one off.
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I guess Im the only person that watched this show. ( Which is to bad cause it rocks!) This show is about a Russian chess player with sever agoraphobia. Except in his case he is trapped in a very expensive five star hotel that he can not leave without having a panic attack and passing out. He wants to stay but is running out of funds. Through a quirky turn of events he starts to make money solving crimes, so that he can stay in his hotel. Acting by the lead actor is well done to say the least. The supporting cast is a quirky bunch of misfits. And the female bartender is super hot! (my opinion) If you like shows like Life, or Castle, or Leverage, you might give this one a try.
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What if Sherlock Holmes were working crime puzzles today? What if he were a Master at chess? What if he were... Russian??? That's our new crime solver. Oh, and he saw his beloved wife die in a drive-by shooting/explosion so now he's developed a phobia of leaving his 5 star hotel! Chessmaster Balakan is an unlikely candidate to become a "crime fighter", but he does have his talents. He recruits a few of the hotel staff, a promising young chess player and whomever he finds of interest/use to pursue the solution of his current puzzle.
My son and I have watched several episodes and have much fun trying to find the guilty person/persons before Grandmaster Ballakan! The robbery at the poker game was my favorite so far.
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Endgam3
TV Series
60 min
Crime/Drama
Creator: Avrum Jacobson
Stars: Shawn Doyle, Patrick Gallagher, Katharine Isabelle

If you are a fan of TV detective series with a twist you will probably like Endgame. Made in Canada with excellent production values, casting, directing, acting, and music. The series centers around an Agoraphobic Russian Chess Champion that lives in the Huxley luxury hotel and solves cases to pay for his expenses. After his wife's death in a drive by killing he fears the outside to such a degree he has panic attacks when he gets near an exit. He enlists the aid of a hotel maid, bartender, and security staff along with a college student to assist him in solving cases at the Hotel and elsewhere. After watching the free rental pilot I bought the first and only season (2011), and I love this short-lived TV series. They considered making additional seasons but unfortunately didn't follow through.

Recommendations: Murdoch Mysteries Collection: Seasons 1-4, Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavour [HD], and Justified: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray].

CA Luster
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I should first admit straight up that this is the only episode of "Endgame" that I have seen. Monk fans might be tempted to view this show as a knock-off, but this brainy Canadian series has truly fine performances, a solid script, good production values, and a truly fresh take on the dysfunctional genius. Yes, Balagan, like Monk, is an emotional cripple due to the violent murder of his significant other (in Balagan's case, his fiance). Also, like Monk, he is brilliant, but depends heavily on the efforts of others for all things mundane and non-cerebral. He's not a clone of Monk, though. He's confident and quirky enough to be a solid, unique character in his own right. This is evident right from the beginning of the episode, in which he is playing chess against several opponents at once. He stops to praise and encourage a young boy in the group, and he even compliments the boy's move---right before making his own game destroying move. One of the show's best aspects is the way it takes us inside Balagan's head as he works through complex problems, simultaneously providing us with both insight and humor. The biggest drawback of this series is that it isn't available on Amazon Prime, so most episodes are available only for purchase.
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