A South Korean mystery action-thriller titled, “Squid Game” is currently streaming on Netflix. It became an instant hit earning strong reactions from TV critics and streamers alike. In addition to all the hype, the show surpassed “Stranger Things” & Bridgerton”as Netflix’s highest viewed series racking up 111 million streamers. Squid Game became a fad imitating the show on social media recreating games, cosplay and encouraging people to make memes online.
With all the hype surrounding Squid Game, I thought about giving this a try if it’s an instant hit or just a forced trend as in Bhad Bhabie A.K.A. The Cash Me Outside Girl from “Dr. Phil.” Ugh! I hate that obnoxious brat!
This review contains no SPOILERS. I’m giving you fellas a chance to see this show. Is Squid Game a hit or a stupid trend? Let’s find out shall we?
Positive & Negative Aspects
Positive: The Main Cast all did an excellent job for their respective performances.
Gi-Hun is my favorite character. He has a troubled backstory and strong motivation. I was rooting for him.
Besides Gi-Hun, every character is memorable with each motivation.
Cinematography was shot perfectly with no boo boos.
Death Scenes are harsh. If you have a weak stomach, bring a barf bag.
A combination of Practical & Visual Effects create scenes for various games.
Set Pieces were manually built by set decorators.
Chemistry between Gi-Hun and his fellow contestants serve as the main highlight. Their teamwork moves the series forward.
Three shapes are a triangle, square and circle. They represent the show’s logo and secret organization.
The show is best described as a mixture of “Battle Royale” “The Running Man,” “Double Dare,” the “Saw” series, “The Hunger Games” & “Total Drama Island.”
Invitation Cards serve as a plot device.
Grand Prize is worth 45.6 billion won. Translated as $38,800,000.
The man in a black cloak and mask with a deep voice running the games reminds me of Darth Vader & Dr. Doom from “Fantastic Four.” The latter inspired the iconic Sith Lord. Now Squid Game has their own version of Vader.
There’s several twists and turns. I cannot give away anything.
Squid Game has nothing to do with Squidward from SpongeBob. The show addresses the meaning. As you watch, you’ll understand.
Primary Themes are Trust, Betrayal, Social Class, Poverty, Wealth, Desperation & Survival. Every single one is handled maturely.
If you wish to change the English dub to South Korean for an authentic experience, feel free.
Once you viewed all episodes, it’s optional for a rewatch for subtle hints of foreshadowing.
Negative: I couldn’t no problems with this show. I’m giving The Cast & Crew an Extra Point for making a flawless series as possible.
Episode 1 – Red Light, Green Light
Up: We’re introduced to Gi-hun. A down-on-his-luck compulsive gambler with a heart of gold.
The first game immediately got me hooked for more episodes. What you’re about to see, will make you stay in your seat for more rounds.
Down: No flaws found.
Episode 2 – Hell
Moral: Contestants take a vote whether to continue playing the game or leave.
Sang-woo has a dirty secret.
Someone close to Gi-hun has a condition.
We learn about Sae-byeok’s background.
Ali is in serious trouble.
Immoral: Nothing horrible occurred.
Episode 3 – The Man With The Umbrella
Clear: In order to stay alive, players form an alliance.
A game involving shapes is more intense than playing a game of “Operation.” Definitely a nail biter.
A cop goes undercover as a guard in pink wearing a mask.
Clogged: No issues spotted.
Episode 4 – Stick To The Team
Assemble: Shocking moments occurred. All I can say is, all heck broke loose.
As The Stakes drastically increase, players split into teams for one game.
Old Man comes up with a strategy.
A crucial scene is very brutal.
Disassemble: Nothing happened.
Episode 5 – A Fair World
Bright: Gi-hun & Ali bring up their past.
Tensions rise before the next game.
A big fat secret is revealed.
Dark: No glitches.
Episode 6 – Gganbu
Happy: In the next game, players form into a pair.
Sae-byeok brings up her past.
Without giving too much away, this episode is gut-wrenching.
Sad: No issues.
Episode 7 – VIPS
Open: The titular VIPS visit the man in a dark cloak.
The VIPS are entertaining. I wanna see a spin-off with them chilling out and watching the game like “Mystery Science Theater 3000” providing commentary.
7th episode is my favorite as the most intense that made my heart beat faster. I have to give this episode Bonus Points.
Closed: Someone said “Like you’ve seen a ghost.” Ugh! I hate this overused line. I prefer changing it to “Like you’ve seen Patrick Swayze.”
Episode 8 – Front Man
First: A stand-off ensues.
A Plot Twist is revealed. I have no choice, but to say M. Night Shyamalan’s catchphrase from “Robot Chicken.” “WHAT A TWIST!”
More gut-wrenching moments happened. Trust me, you’ll be shocked as I am.
Last: Not a single dud.
Episode 9 – One Lucky Day
Winner: Season 1 wraps up all episodes. For now.
The final game begins. Winner takes all. Obviously the point of no return.
A big reveal will make you gasp. Much better than M. Night Shyamalan’s twist from “Old.”
Last episode sets up Season 2.
Loser: No cons found.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Without a doubt, Squid Game is an instant hit. Now I get why this show is popular on The Internet with memes everywhere. I never got bored from start to finish. Squid Game is now one of my favorite shows in recent years. If you have nothing to do over the week, I strongly recommend you guys to watch Squid Game immediately. I’m officially onboard for a second season.