Explicit commentary on society’s obstacles – Inklings News
Picture this: All of your favorite childhood games have turned into life or death situations depending on whether you win or lose. Intense, I know. This is the basis of the new Netflix show, “Squid Game”. Be the first Korean drama series to make the top 10 Netflix charts, “Squid Game” has been viewed by millions of people around the world.
The show revolves around a group of people who are heavily in debt and find themselves agreeing to play a mysterious game in which if they win, they receive an exuberant amount of money. Players enter the game thinking that it will be like the games of chance they are used to and that winning will be a simple task.
They quickly discover, however, that the games are mere children’s games: red light, green light, tug of war, and other popular Korean games like dalgona candy, where players have to draw a picture in a honeycomb caramel without break the cookie. But there is a catch: if the players lose the game, they are immediately eliminated and killed.
“Squid Game” is brutal to say the least. The show contains various scenes of bloodshed, torture and murder while engaging audiences in the personal issues of the main characters.
– Maria Krug ’22
“Squid Game” is brutal to say the least. The show contains various scenes of bloodshed, torture, and murder while engaging audiences in the personal issues of the main characters. With the identities of some players known and the identities of some game workers still unknown, the show conveys a vision that is both personal and impersonal, according to Variety: “The violence is both strangely intimate and impersonal at the same time: while there is a brutal frankness in the way competitors’ lives are cut short, shooters are masked gambling employees.
In addition to the violent scenes shown, “Squid Game” acts as a commentary on the Korean debt crisis, which has skyrocketed over the years, and gambling addiction in our society. After the show’s first match, players have the option to stop playing and leave or stay and win the cash prize if they survive all matches.
Many players are horrified by the murders and the general idea of the game, which makes them want to leave. However, when they are allowed to do so, the majority decide to come back because they cannot stay away. Their urge to earn money is so strong that they completely put aside the fact that these games can lead to death.
The show was very well produced and despite criticism that it was too violent, it turned out to have a subliminal message and insight into today’s society. I would definitely recommend watching “Squid Games” if you are looking for an exciting new show and enjoy action and drama series.