Last week, I went out with my siblings for lunch. While waiting for the appetizer, the search to find a fresh new series became the topic of discussion. It takes a certain type of show to be worthy to make a binge-watching list, especially with so many shows popping up left and right. After a lengthy debate over what shows to be on the lookout for, one suggestion sparked my interest. Squid Game is a top 10 Netflix hit that has been receiving cultural and critical acclaim. Actually, it’s #1 in over 90 countries! After consecutive reasons as to why Squid Game is a must-see show, my curiosity was in full bloom to see what all of the fuss is about.
Squid Game is a South Korean survival drama where debt-stricken players accept an invitation to go head to head in children’s games. On a deserted island is a guarded compound where players are stationed to compete with each other. Inside is a life-changing cash prize that has high stakes to match. With everyone who was invited having money troubles, the desperation is at an all-time high to be handsomely rewarded. In their way are some simple children’s games that come with deadly consequences if done incorrectly. Once the games begin, viewers are taken on a crazy chain of events that connects human nature with monetary gain.
There are a few power players that you may want to pay attention to while watching the show. Here are some to keep an eye out for.
Seong Gi-Hun: The belligerent gambler looking to pay off loan sharks and to finally support his daughter who will leave for the U.S. if he can’t financially provide.
Cho Sang-Woo: The corporate businessman turned a wanted man due to fraud claims that continue to haunt his career and reputation.
Sae-Byeok: The pickpocketing survivor who needs money to reunite immigrant parents and save their little brother from foster care.
There are plenty more colorful characters that will grab your attention before the 9-episode series ends. Be sure to comment below who is your favorite and what scene had you completely surprised by?