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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Series cast summary:
Shawn Doyle ...  Arkady Balagan 13 episodes, 2011
Patrick Gallagher ...  Hugo Lum 13 episodes, 2011
Katharine Isabelle ...  Danni 13 episodes, 2011
Carmen Aguirre ...  Alcina Albeniz 13 episodes, 2011
Melanie Papalia ...  Pippa Venturi 13 episodes, 2011
Lisa Ray ...  Rosemary Venturi 13 episodes, 2011
Torrance Coombs ...  Sam Besht 13 episodes, 2011
Veena Sood ...  Barbara Stillwell 11 episodes, 2011
Gary Gill ...  Gurjit Bhatti 7 episodes, 2011
Colin Lawrence ...  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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English

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14 March 2011 (Canada) See more »

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CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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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Creatively combining the best aspects of "House, MD" and "CSI"
6 June 2011 | by whoopingchowSee all my reviews

This show reminded me a little bit of House. I was first introduced to it when I read the general plot of the show on a weekly TV review magazine. It was intriguing, and I am always willing to give shows that attempt to imbue intellectual pursuits creatively a shot (like, Numb3rs or Big Bang Theory). When I first watched the pilot, I was hooked. Shawn Doyle portrays his character beautifully, and it almost reminded me a bit of Dr. House. The connections to chess (the game) are sometimes a bit contrived, but as the show goes on, you gain a deeper appreciation of the producers' visions. I like it the same reason way I was drawn to the original CSI. Its cast of characters and the exposure to new concepts and ideas have created a small revolution in my own way of thinking, and I greatly appreciate the show for accomplishing this.

I did not give this show a 10, because it is not "The Wire".


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