Squid Game is blowing up. And by blowing up I mean it’s on track to become Netflix’s top show of all time. This is incredible considering it’s a Korean show that had no buzz or big press before its release. Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the gory of Squid Game.
Plot: The plot of Squid Game is phenomenal and so unique. Some people are comparing it to Hunger Games. I think that’s a bit egregious as Hunger Games involves an entire society buying into a really messed up system. Squid Game, on the other hand, is all optional. The characters determine themselves if they partake in the “games” or if they want to dip. In fact, they did dip at one point.
Set & Design: One of the biggest highlights of this show is the overall set and design. The characters all have such interesting costumes. From the guards in red with square, circle, or triangle masks, to the elite with their face masks, everything was on point. Additionally, the colors in this are A+.
Character: The character development we get in Squid Game really surprised me. I was not expecting it to get so emotional, especially at the end (I won’t spoil anything). Another thing that caught me off guard was how well it portrayed the human element. An example of this is how quickly factions formed and the fact that going to bed at night was a dangerous task. I always love it when shows portray a side of humanity that we don’t often think about. Squid Game excelled at that.
Honorable mentions that don’t deserve much writing: pacing, ingenuity, and thrill.
Voice Acting: The voice acting is far and away the absolute worst part of Squid Game. Granted, as I already mentioned, no one was expecting this to blow up. If there’s a season two (finger’s crossed), expect a higher budget for the voice acting. For many international viewers, this is a make-or-break situation. Fortunately, it never bothered me and I never felt taken out of the show because of it.
The Rich Assholes: I was actually really let down by the rich asshole spectators. Honestly, I was expecting more. They didn’t really seem to fit the vibe of the show. They were cringy and, while I consider myself a 69 joke connoisseur, it felt weird seeing billionaires making 69 jokes at a luxurious compound. It’s like they wanted them to act sophisticated but not at the same time.
Honorable mentions that don’t deserve much writing: the detective line felt rushed, I don’t really think we needed the organ harvesting scenes, and the tropes are heavy in this one (annoying girl, macho man, etc).
This show is not for the faint of heart. I personally do not mind gore. But there’s so much in this show that I thought it was appropriate to dedicate an entire section to it. Now you know, this is a gory show. If that’s your thing, you’re in luck. If not, maybe skip this show.
Overall, Squid Game is a solid A- tv show that I recommend to almost everyone.