Review: Squid Game


Veronica Zieba, Chelsea Buzz Reporter

The newly-Released Korean drama titled The Squid Game has attracted the attention of many people for many reasons. 

The series takes innocent child games and turns them into life and death situations the characters are forced to play. So while the series may not be for those with a weak stomach, it has a lot to offer. 

What made this series succeed were the qualities of the characters. Most of the characters are people who owe tremendous amounts of money and whose lives are affected by this. 

Take the main character, Gi-Hun, who is struggling to connect with his daughter, and feels terrible for not being able to do more. His character, along with others, creates a relatable outlook on modern financial inequality better than most movies with the same concepts. 

Overall though, each character is different and has a tragic story to tell, which makes the audience be able to sympathize while watching. Each character has some interesting role to offer as well. One helps us explore the background of all the games, one helps us see the struggles people face in North Korea, and many more. 

Another thing that made The Squid Game special was its events that do not always go as planned. Plot twists and turns are bound to keep the audience on the edge of their seat as the story unravels. 

What’s clear to see is that the show doesn’t hold back on traumatic scenes and violence. As the game progresses, the characters’ behaviors change drastically from somewhat hopeful to downright devastated. The show is not scared to really demonstrate how external factors can play a role on people’s behaviors and actions.  It is an honest show that reflects on human nature such as greed and lust  in a way that really reaches the audience. 

Overall, the show is full of complex and dark themes, but also lots of compelling characters, original story line, and is definitely worth watching.