Squid Game

Netflix hottest show


Squid Game

Jennifer Pereyra, Reporter

Number one in the US charts and possibly one of the most talked about shows, with its immense amount of hype and memes circulating the media for the past few weeks, Squid Game is this month’s popular Netflix show.

Squid Game is a South Korean fictional drama in which contestants who are deeply in debt play traditional childhood games in order to claim the large cash prize. The only downside to the game: losers are killed.

Squid Game’s main character, Seong Gi-hun, is a divorced dad who worked at an auto factory for years, was laid off, tried to open his own business, failed, and now lives with his elderly mother while working as a chauffeur. When we first meet him, he’s stealing what little money his mother earns from working at a market stall and racking up a hopeless amount of debt through gambling.

Gi-hun’s desperation and vulnerability made him an easy target for a mysterious organization that offers him a great amount of money–around $38 million US dollars–by playing a series of games with a group of other people, with deadly consequences. As the series progresses through its nine episodes, his drive to win the game allows him to shake off his downtrodden malaise, though he also struggles to retain his humanity despite the game’s most dehumanizing effects.

If you’re into intense, fast paced, and gory films, Squid Game is the Netflix show to watch. Recommended even for those who are indecisive on whether it’s worth the watch and for those looking for the next show to binge on.