Everybody and their grandma were talking about this show a little while ago. As usual, I am late to the party but I finally checked out Squid Game!
The Plot (according to RT):
Hundreds of cash-strapped contestants accept an invitation to compete in children’s games for a tempting prize, but the stakes are deadly.
Okay, this was certainly interesting. I was all in at the beginning of the show but they lost me a bit along the way. Hear me out! I was definitely intrigued by the exploration of the darkness inside people. They stared the ugliness of greed and (gambling) addiction in the face and showed how far people will go. That part was really well written and made you want to see more.
The Squid Games themselves were mysterious and I was beyond curious to learn the background. Just the games they picked along the way were enough to keep me watching. What would they choose next? And then they hit you with the marbles episode and your heart is ripped out. I hadn’t seen that coming and goddamn that was well written. I think we can all agree that the acting was also absolutely on point. There wasn’t a single performance in the show I wouldn’t give a thumbs up.
However, we need to talk about some stuff I wasn’t too fond of. That will include loads of spoilers, so click the *read more* only if you are prepared for that!
As I said before, they show lost me along the way and I can precisely tell you where that was. It turns out that the Squid Games are just some rich white men’s personal Hunger Games because they were bored. That was really disappointing. This was initially introduced by some of them coming to spectate which was already a plot point I didn’t care about. But when it was finally revealed that the old man was in on it and one of them, that’s where I felt the most let-down.
I think I wanted something more interesting, more creative, maybe something deeper as an explanation for the Squid Games. Rich pricks watching people die seemed so unimaginative, almost like a cheap solution to the story. Maybe it’s just me but this was not the ending I wanted, and I just feel like that could have been a lot better.
That being said, I still really enjoyed watching the show. The parts I wasn’t over the moon with occurred rather late in the story, so it’s not that much of an issue. I mean, sure it was a bit disappointing, but I’d rather just focus on the parts I found intriguing. It is a good show!
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!