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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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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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not your usual fare
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw Endgame, I thought it would be your usual "brillant guy shows all the cops and those with real know-how how to solve crimes." The show is nothing like that. Endgame's protagonist has a phobia that will not let him leave the hotel he is staying at. After his wife's murder, he was so traumatized that he could no longer be part of the "real world," unless it is through quips of his knowledge and intellect.

The supporting cast literally marvels at his genius and scoffs at his arrogance.

Every character in every episode plays a relevant part in telling the story.

In one hour, we see one of television's most vulnerable characters show everybody what he feels and sees.

Great show, Do yourself a favor and watch it if you can.


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