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Squid Game on Netflix ticks most boxes that makes a good show but the beauty lies in what it offers beyond

Squid Game has been winning hearts, managed to trend on the internet, and become one of Netflix's most-watched show this year. Here's what we think makes it quite the hit even with all the violence, etc.

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Squid Game on Netflix

Squid Game on Netflix has become quite the runaway hit, one that most of us did not see coming. However, it has managed to become one of the biggest 'non-English-language' show in the world. The show releases on September 17, and while the early reviews got everyone talking, people continue to catch up with what the show is about and everything that it has in store.

Without giving away any spoiler, we must tell you that there's violence, some gore, and lots of action that follows. However, this one of a kind 9-episode series is based off rather fun games, with not so fun results. Nonetheless, even for someone who does not enjoy too much violence, I couldn't sit on the episodes until I wasn't done.

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Seong Gi-Hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, as he and hundreds of other desperate and deeply indebted contestants compete in a violent and often grotesque competition for about $38 million. While that sure is a huge sum, and comes out of an absolute need, there's a lot about the show that strikes rather differently. After finally watching the show and making through it, we though to write some quick points as to why we think it works and what makes it the hit that it has become.

Beautiful characterizations


Every character in the story has clear-cut motivations, and each of them is unique to the character. HoYeon as Sae-Byeok is not your typical female and yet, you always know the place she is coming from, making it understandable, but also unique to her. Park Hae Soo as Cho Sang-Woo and Lee as Seong Gi-Hun are also two well written characters. While motives for all of them are absolutely clear, you know you always feel for the latter, for more reasons than the fact that he is the hero. Another surprise is that of Oh Yeong-su, for reasons you'd know best as the show progresses. Even those you don't like, you tend to feel for them, and that's just something that makes for a great great watch.

Socio-political commentary

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Many have spoken about how the debt-situation in South Korea is real, and given the pandemic that we have lived through in the past year and half, the troubles only seem to be all the more real. Through the various issues and instances that have been created inside the game relate to a bigger world, how people are in a cut-throat competition, how money is severely important, and even the position that women and older people are relegated to. These are only a few things that we see, but there is more there is to it when one looks at it deeply and closely. 

The bunch of Easter eggs

The first game starts off with an absolute shock and that goes on to continue. The element of shock is universal and prevalent in every episode. Like I mentioned above, what happens is deeper that what we see on the surface, and that's also what makes the show relatable rather unnervingly.

Apart from these highlights, the actors are amazing, the writing is smooth, and direction as well as cinematography are just on point. Squid Game ticks most boxes, but its beauty lies in what it offers beyond.


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DaddyMarvel 1 months ago I binge-watched it over the weekend. Can't wait for Season 2. This weekend, I will be watching Alice in Borderland.
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