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The Un-Tropes of Queen’s Gambit

Paul and I talk about tropes in our favorite movies and shows, using the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit as our launch point. What makes a trope annoying or problematic, and where can they be helpful to a story, especially one involving superheroes? How does The Queen’s Gambit both embrace and subvert tropes in ways that make it such an engaging story? And we ponder the question: Is chess a superpower?

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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