Endgame is an original drama series centering on brilliant chess master, Arkady Balagan. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancée, Balagan has become a prisoner in his luxury Vancouver ... See full summary »

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 Arkady Balagan (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Hugo Lum (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Danni (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Alcina Albeniz (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Pippa Venturi (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Rosemary Venturi (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Sam Besht (13 episodes, 2011)
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 Barbara Stillwell (11 episodes, 2011)
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 Gurjit Bhatti (7 episodes, 2011)
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 Det. Jason Evans (6 episodes, 2011)

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Endgame is an original drama series centering on 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. Arrogant, brilliant and charismatic, the Russian-born Balagan uses the skills that made him chess champion of the world to solve the crimes that mystify others. He imagines events, interviews the living and the dead, and runs conflicting scenarios - all in his head. And we get to watch right along with him as he solves crimes that baffle the police. In Endgame, we see genius at work. Written by Avrum Jacobson

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Crime | Drama

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14 March 2011 (Canada)  »

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CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Main character Arkady Balagan mocks Hugo Lum, the hotel detective of the Vancouver hotel where the film is set, over his former career as a homicide detective. Patrick Gallagher, the actor who portrays Lum, portrayed a police officer in many episodes of another series set in Vancouver - Da Vinci's inquest. In the follow-on series Da Vinci's City Hall, he becomes a homicide detective. See more »

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Arkady Balagan: Some people boldly go into the world to create art, play sports, do science, even warfare, but if you want to do all four, you play chess
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Referenced in King of the Nerds: Trek Wars (2014) See more »

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This show deserves a second season!
6 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I absolutely LOVE Endgame. The cast is phenomenal, the story is original, and it is one of the most intelligent shows today on ANY network- Canadian or otherwise! Shawn Doyle as Arkady Balagan is AMAZING and a true credit to Canadian talent! While his chess master may first come across as arrogant and ego-centric, Doyle has the ability to play Balagan with such depth and complexity that you cannot help but be astounded by his genius and saddened by his pain. Balagan can see beyond the obvious and notice the nuances of any problem he encounters, except the one case he has yet to solve- that of his murdered fiancée. I was first drawn to the series as a longtime fan of Patrick Gallagher (True Blood, Glee, Men of a Certain Age), but now I cannot wait to watch it every week to see all of these incredible actors portray this touching and brilliant story.


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