Series Review: Squid Game
Dang. I’m sorry.
This article was supposed to be out at least a month ago. I’m lagging behind on shit worse than my trashy 4GB laptop trying to run MS Teams with a decent fps rate.
But, well, what can I do? My exams started as soon as I was able to watch Shang Chi, and you all know what happened then. Zero free time. And now when I do have free time, I lack all other vital writing needs: inspiration, the flow, leftover pizza. Dammit. So, I’ve changed the topic to a different series.
But I try my best. Spotify has my back, and my mum is on it, hounding me to finish this. Alrighty. Let’s begin.
SO, for today.
Squid Game. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. If you haven’t, I’m not sure where you’ve been living, but it’s not the one I’m in. Netflix’s biggest show till yet, with well over 110 million views, and the largest fanbase I’ve ever seen.
The plot is one I’m sure you must have (at least) heard of in the past few days, but if not, here’s a short, non-spoiler recap of it.
Our protagonist, Seong Gi-hun, lives in a small district of South Korea, and works as a chauffeur to try and pay off his enormous debts to loan sharks, one who accosted him and got him to sign off his bodily rights. He lives with his mother, while he is estranged from his wife and daughter. While he is at the train station, a strange man (kids, don’t talk to strangers) offers him money in exchange for a game of ddakji, a Korean game involving throwing paper and flipping the other’s piece of paper over. He wins some money from the man, and he offers Gi-hun a card, and says that there are many more opportunities to win a lot more money. Tempted, Gi-hun calls the number on the card, and is soon kidnapped and taken to a remote island, where he wakes up, and finds himself surrounded by other people, and soon realizes they are all in the same situation as him, strapped for cash and deep in debt. He soon meets one of his childhood friends, Cho Sang-woo, who he is very surprised to meet, as he always expected Sang-woo to be successful, him having gone to SNU, a very prestigious university. He meets many others, and realizes each of their lives are as unique and vivid as his. Talk about sonder. A large prize pool is set for them, of 45.6 billion won, as incentive to play the games set for them.
Many men in pink jumpsuits lead them out of their dorm, and to a large ground where they see a huge doll facing the other wall. They are told to run when the doll says Green Light, and stop moving when it says Red Light, much like the children’s game they used to play. The game starts, and the first person gets eliminated soon after. He falls to the ground, and that’s when they realize the price for losing. Death.
That’s my summary. I did my best to give you the gist, and keep it as non-spoiler-y as I could. Although I’m not so sure about the ‘short’ part of it.
Now, my review.
I have a very simple response to this bit, which is, if 111 million people watched it, it’s got to be good. Change my mind.
Personally, I really liked it. It may be a bit gory for some, or a bit graphic for others, but I don’t mind that stuff, so I loved it. This show gives off a very ‘Hunger Games meets Crazy Rich Asians’ vibe, and I am here for it. The characterization of all of them was, in my opinion, very well fleshed out and accurate, the kind I only ever found in books, so that’s a big plus. The ending was also very well executed, just enough to keep you hooked to the show for the next season. To end it off, I can very well see why this show has gathered as many fans as it has, and I can say with assurance that this was money well-spent for Netflix.
Aight, that’s quite enough for today. Thank you for reading, and thank you, Spotify, for very-interrupted (I HATE ADS), but appreciated music, nonetheless.
See you soon!