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    "The Queen's Gambit" Released On Netflix, So Of Course I Had To ~Check~ It Out

    They had me at Anya Taylor-Joy.

    Ever since I watched Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as a wee babe, I've had an obsession with chess. Can I play? Not at all. But am I still fascinated by this high-stakes game of boxes and mini figurines? Abso-friggin'-lutely.

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    So, when I found out that Netflix was releasing a show about this woman from the '50s who was the bomb.com at chess, I was immediately intrigued.

    I would like to see it
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    HOWEVER, when I found out that the series starred Emma's Anya Taylor-Joy and Nanny McPhee's Thomas Brodie-Sangster, I knew I had to watch this show posthaste.

    Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomas Brodie-Sangster speaking to each other in ''The Queen's Gambit''
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    Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the pilot of TQG:

    Before we jump in, here's the synopsis that Netflix gives for The Queen's Gambit:

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    1. OK, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that chasing pills with a nip of alcohol is NOT a good idea:

    Anya Taylor-Joy as Beth Harmon takes a sip of alcohol
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    That being said, color ya girl INTRIGUED!

    2. Oh, no. Unnamed red-headed female is an orphan. Sad!

    I'm not sure she's gone to a better place
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    Update: Her name is Elizabeth.

    3. I'm REEEAAALLLYYYYY hoping this orphanage lady doesn't turn out to be a trash human:

    And I'm sure that you and I are going to be good friends
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    4. OH NO! Those are the pills she took in the beginning. I knew not to trust this lady:

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    5. OMG, Beth's mom def killed herself:

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    6. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

    A chess board with someone about to move a piece. Leo DiCaprio pointing at something while holding a beverage and a cigarette
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    7. AHH, so the drugs help her see the chess board. I see where this is going...:

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    8. Name a more iconic duo:

    A young Beth Harmon playing chess with and older man
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    Like, when I was her age, I barely knew how to play checkers.

    9. "Don't do it, girl. It's not worth it." "I'm not gon' do it, girl. I'm just thinking about it."

    A hand holding pills on top of a blanket
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    "I did it."

    10. If I had a nickel...:

    I want to know what a cocksucker is
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    11. WINNER WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER!

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    Side note, at the end of this pilot, am I gonna know how to play chess? Methinks so!

    12. Nine-year-old chess prodigy. #TeamBeth!!

    you're astounding
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    I stg, if they kill Beth's mentor, Imma riot.

    13. Fuckin'. Baller.

    That's mate in three
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    14. The look of utter disdain on this child's face:

    A young Beth Harmon holding a doll
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    Beth was like, "I'd much rather have the money."

    15. TWO GAMES AT ONCE!! BALLER X 2!!

    A young Beth Harmon simultaneously playing two games of chess with two men
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    She literally plays the rest of the game without looking at the chess board. HER MIND! WE MUST LEARN FROM HER!

    16. IF THIS WOMAN COMES FOR BETH AND MR. SHAIBEL'S MENTORSHIP, IMMA FLIP A TABLE!

    we can't have you playing chess in the basement
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    17. Ah, yes. The state finally made it illegal to pump kids with tranquilizers, and now they's tweakin' for the goods!

    You're having withdrawal symptoms
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    THIS. IS. WHY. YOU. DON'T. GIVE. KIDS. DRUGS.

    18. OK, I don't like that Jolene gave her drugs, but I'd be lying if I said that the sentiment didn't pull at my heartstrings:

    Moses Ingram as Jolene handing drugs to a young Beth Harmon
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    I don't blame the children! I blame the system!

    19. My girl Beth is about to SCHOOL these boys! Today's lesson? Chess, BITCH!

    Young Beth Harmon standing in a classroom surrounded by young men seated at desks with chessboards
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    20. Beth is a savage:

    What surprised me was how bad they played
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    Spoiler alert: She wiped the floor with these boys.

    21. Beth, honey, those aren't Tic Tacs:

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    Spoiler alert: She overdosed.

    Good golly, miss Molly! To say I'm hooked is an understatement. Needless to say, I will be watching Episode 2, and NOT just for Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

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