Does anyone else have a favorite bit or highlight from The Queen’s Gambit Job?
Look at Parker’s face when he reminds her of that dance at the high school reunion. And this is Parker. Hugs and dancing and that kind of thing isn’t her “safe” place. But Hardison is a safe place. And you see her take a moment where she just enjoys that feeling of being close to him. And then she makes herself go back to focusing on getting the rhythm, which is upsetting to her. But dancing on Hardison’s toes, and then still touching him as she steps away, she can just focus on moving, that fight or flight response the weights caused is faded. Because Hardison is there. And it’s really a metaphor for the emotional weight that comes with a relationship too. Because when Parker was alone, she couldn’t afford to care too much. But she’s not alone now. And it’s tough and it’s a risk, but it’s one she can think about taking.
That parachute at the end too. Hardison doesn’t just have good intentions. He backs them up. He’s not perfect, but for all the bad guy things, he’s really a good guy, a good man. And I loved watching him grow into that over the course of the series. And I loved watching how strong and brilliant Parker was over the course of the series. Because I could have understood her running at any of the times the team went off the rails. But she didn’t. She knew she wanted more than what she had, and she fought for it. Internally as much as externally.