Third-episode verdict: Endgame

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 2

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Episode three of Endgame – in which a Russian chess grandmaster solves crimes all from within the confines of his hotel – has rolled round, so time for a third-episode verdict. Episode one was of course very good, while episode two was a little disappointing in comparison.

Episode three, while again not as funny as the first episode and veering towards the Canadian mean of happy endings and everyone being quite nice, still proved entertaining, thanks almost entirely to star Shawn Doyle since barely anyone else gets any decent characterisation. A novel twist that might be emerging, though, is the idea that the guest star of the week (Michael Shanks from Stargate in this case) effectively could be the ‘guest sleuth of the week’, with Shanks doing much of the legwork to help solve the mystery.

The lead character is still very stereotypically Russian, this week going for KGB conspiracies and exercises with kettle bells, but the show’s gradually finding its feet in terms of making him a little more plausible. It could do with more innovation, some of the humour from the first episode and a bit more of an edge again, but it’s worth watching I think.

Carusometer rating: 2
Rob’s prediction: Should last a season at least, but nothing’s certain after that


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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