Squid Game: The Show Turning Childhood Nostalgia On Its Head
Whether you’ve watched it or not – you must’ve heard of Netflix’s latest dystopian hit by now.
A cross between Oscar-winning drama, "Parasite" (2019) and "The Hunger Games" series – Netflix’s “Squid Game” has become a soaring success on the streaming service, ever since its release last month. Many of Netflix’s most-viewed shows are foreign produced – with “Squid Game” set to surpass “Bridgeton” as the online-streaming platform’s most watched show ever.
Having risen to the No.1 spot in the US, just days after its initial release date on the 17th September – the twisted thriller series is set to be seen by more than 82 million subscribers worldwide within its first 28 days on the platform.
Warning – light spoilers below.
In case you didn’t already know, the Korean series is set in modern-day Seoul in which 456 destitute people compete in a series of survival games, that are deceptively deadly. While a near-enough £30 million pound prize fund is up for grabs – the cost of losing is your life. What begins as a seemingly innocent game of Red-Light Green-Light quickly takes a sinister turn, when nearly half of the contestants are shot dead.
However, what differentiates this creepy nine-part series from its disturbing counterparts, is its ability to dive into the individual backstories behind its characters. After watching the first episode, you think you know what you’re in for – desperate people are lured into a brutal game of cat and mouse, which can only amount in one thing – gruesome massacre, right?
Well, that’s kind of half true – but the way that the show explores the dark undertones of social justice gives it a unique, intriguing standpoint. As with other successful Netflix series’, “Squid Game” touches on universal themes such as poverty, inequality, and the toxic nature of capitalism.
Clearly identifying with viewers worldwide – the global phenomenon has got everything from outstanding visuals, chilling musical riffs, and masked villains – who, at times, appear just as imprisoned as the helpless contestants.
The supposed simplicity behind the childhood games allows harsh, honest truths to emerge, making the show a gripping, unmissable watch. If you haven’t binge-watched it yet, we have no doubt that the horrific, yet equally enthralling show will have you hooked in no time.
It’s the agile question: how much would you really gamble when it comes to a staggering, life-changing amount of money?
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