The Best Episodes of Endgame

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018

Endgame is an original drama series centering around a brilliant chess master. Using the skills that made him chess champion of the world, Arkady Balagan solves the crimes that mystify others. Traumatized by the murder of his fiancé, 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 is able to envision his unknown opponent’s motives and moves. 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.

Mr Black

#1 - Mr Black

Season 1 - Episode 11

Balagan is forced to match his chess skills against a computer when his anonymous online opponent reveals that he is playing for lethally high stakes - the lives of a group of innocent hostages.

star 8.10
47 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Jeremy Boxen
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The White Queen

#2 - The White Queen

Season 1 - Episode 8

When the imperious heiress of the Huxley Hotel empire descends for an inspection, she coerces Balagan into helping her find her son, who has mysteriously disappeared.

star 8.05
62 votes
Directors: Charles Biname
Writers: Jeremy Boxen
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I Killed Her

#3 - I Killed Her

Season 1 - Episode 5

A mysterious doctor tells Balagan that he is responsible for the murder of a woman found in the hotel pool during a Psychiatric Conference, drawing Balagan into a complex and dangerous game.

star 7.97
58 votes
Directors: James Head
Writers: Avrum Jacobson
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Huxley, We Have a Problem

#4 - Huxley, We Have a Problem

Season 1 - Episode 9

When Balagan’s oldest friend, the larger than life Russian cosmonaut Oleg Olesky, comes to the Huxley, he brings more than the party. About to pilot the first private space tourism rocket ship, Oleg is there with Chase Galactic as they announce their maiden launch. When the head engineer, Randall, falls from the roof of the hotel, Oleg is the prime suspect. With his only alibi being the fact he was with his boss’s wife, which she denies, Oleg pleads for Balagan’s help. Balagan eventually figures out the true motive for Randall’s murder – and the real murderer.

star 7.85
51 votes
Directors: Anne Wheeler
Writers: Graeme Manson
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Bless This Union

#5 - Bless This Union

Season 1 - Episode 10

When the hotel safe is robbed during an extravagant Indian wedding celebration, the distraught couple asks Balagan to help recover their stolen gifts- but is it an inside job or the work of professionals?

star 7.83
47 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Kate Miles Melville
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Gorillas in our Midst

#6 - Gorillas in our Midst

Season 1 - Episode 7

Smitten by a beautiful Chinese cryptologist, Sam convinces Balagan to try to solve an intricate puzzle involving a vital secret and an attractive, conniving female journalist.

star 7.80
55 votes
Directors: Rachel Talalay
Writers: Katherine Collins, Avrum Jacobson
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The Caffeine Hit

#7 - The Caffeine Hit

Season 1 - Episode 3

A well-dressed man wakes up on the sidewalk with no shoes, no wallet, and no memory. The only thing in his pocket is a receipt that leads him to the Huxley Hotel. Remembering nothing but how much he loves his wife, the man hires Balagan to find her and to help him rediscover his identity. While uncovering the truth of the amnesiac’s complicated life, Balagan battles with Pippa over the investigation into Rosemary’s murder.

star 7.74
61 votes
Directors: Anne Wheeler
Writers: Jeremy Boxen
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The Other Side of Summer

#8 - The Other Side of Summer

Season 1 - Episode 4

Swallowing his pride, Hugo asks Balagan for help. Walt, Hugo’s police mentor, is retiring, but one unsolved case still haunts him. Twenty years ago, a teen girl disappeared and Walt is convinced her ex-boyfriend, Stephen, killed her. But because the girl’s body was never found, Walt could never charge Stephen. Now with Balagan’s help, Hugo hopes to find the one piece of evidence that will put Stephen behind bars before Walt takes matters into his own hands. Pippa comes to Balagan with some startling news in Rosemary’s case: the police have finally arrested a suspect.

star 7.63
52 votes
Directors: Anne Wheeler
Writers: Sarah Dodd
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Opening Moves

#9 - Opening Moves

Season 1 - Episode 1

Balagan's first case is launched when Danni pleads with him to find a missing boy and, in a race against time, he enlists Sam and Alcina to help.

star 7.50
97 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Avrum Jacobson
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Polar Opposites

#10 - Polar Opposites

Season 1 - Episode 12

A rock star hires Balagan to find $200,000 stolen from him - a mystery that also involves colourful groupies, a missing polar bear, and the kidnapped grandmother of Danni's estranged husband.

star 7.44
55 votes
Directors: Kari Skogland
Writers: Katherine Collins
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Deadman Talking

#11 - Deadman Talking

Season 1 - Episode 13

After Balagan investigates the sudden death of a hotel security guard, he is forced to face his worst nightmare.

star 7.42
50 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Avrum Jacobson
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Turkish Hold'em

#12 - Turkish Hold'em

Season 1 - Episode 2

A daring robbery during a high-stakes poker game forces Hugo to ask Balagan for help, prompting the chess master to create his own complex plot to trap the culprit.

star 7.38
69 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Avrum Jacobson
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Fearful Symmetry

#13 - Fearful Symmetry

Season 1 - Episode 6

Enlisted by a terrified family to help solve the inexplicable bombing of their car, Balagan is sidetracked by an unexpected match with a 16-year-old world chess champion.

star 7.37
53 votes
Directors: David Frazee
Writers: Steve Cochrane
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