TV review: ‘Squid Game’


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Attendees dressed as characters from “Squid Game” pose during New York Comic Con at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, in New York.

By Ariel Morris , Lifestyle writer

The Netflix series “Squid Game” is taking a toll across world cinema. As the most viewed series in Netflix history, the show takes credit for being one of the most dramatic, heartbreaking and traumatic shows in television history. 

“Squid Game” is a Korean thriller and drama series shown in 90 countries that has many people on their toes with the intense scenes portrayed throughout. What makes this show unique is seeing a non-American society go through a game of survival due to greed. 

“Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-Hyuk had a long and complex journey to creating the series and getting it to audiences. Hyuk first pitched the show back in 2008, according to Netflix, and was turned down for being deemed too violent and unfamiliar. After over a decade, Netflix has taken a chance on Hyuk to produce this show that has changed his life. 

The aesthetics of the series are like no other. The setting depicts hidden clues throughout the series. For example, in the room where all the players sleep are drawings of the games that they would soon play for each episode. There were hidden clues placed on the halls that were overlooked by the characters and audiences until later episodes. There was also the intention behind the artistry of the series. For example, the colorful stairs, playground, a huge YoungHee doll and other child-like aesthetics were used to set its plot visuals apart from other survival stories. 

The games played throughout “Squid Game” are easy childhood games. However, losing the game results in immediate elimination, which renders players fearful for their lives. The acting in the series is phenomenal. The actors were realistic in creating the right movements and expressions that make some viewers unable to take their eyes from the screen. The intensity from the acting leaves the audience wanting more, especially watching the unexpected cliffhanger, the audience is expecting Hyuk to bring in another season.