TV Series Review: Squid Games

Title: Squid Games

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Release Date: September 17th, 2021

My Rating: ★★★★☆

IMDB Rating: 8/10

Cast: Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-Joon

Watch On: Netflix

Summary from IMDB: 

Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children's games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits with deadly high stakes. A survival game that has a whopping 45.6 billion-won prize at stake.


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When this show first came out in September, my husband heard a lot of good things about this show from his friends at work. I had actually not heard of the show at all, so when we started watching it, I was not prepared for the crazy brutal nature of this show. Think Korean Hunger Games.

It has taken me this long to get past the first episode... And of course I binged it. It really is an incredibly intense show with a backstory that matches.

At first, the characters don't take the squid games seriously. Not until some people are killed during a game of red light green light. Within a few shows, we find out why the players decided to continue the games. They all have some kind of debt or need for the money that drives them.

Of course, I was rooting for several people thinking to myself, the writers couldn't kill off all the good ones, but of course only one can win, and the toll that brutality and a high stress situation takes on the last remaining character, sends them into a downward spiral. Yes, they won, but at what cost.

I'm waiting for season two since season one left us on a cliff hangar.

Have you watched Squid Games? What are your thoughts?

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