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‘Squid Game’ Obsession: Here’s why everyone’s into Netflix’s vicious South Korean thriller series

The megahit show on Netflix might be the South Korean thriller series that comprises intense, violent, and creepy concepts.

Apparently, by now, you have already discovered Squid Game, a hideous social parody in which desperately poverty-stricken people are tempted to play in children’s games with deadly stakes for an opportunity to overcome a life-changing cash reward. According to Netflix, since its Sept. 17 debut, it has grown an online craze, making it the primary show on the streamer in over 70 nations.

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A positive word-of-mouth blow paved the way for the series to the surface. On account of this, Squid Game joined Lupin, and Money Heist, the recent listing of thriving foreign language shows for Netflix. The series will likely stay on top of the pop-culture hits as long as the positive word-of-mouth remains alive.

So what about “Squid,” the responsible for many people hooked on their screens?

There is an emotional, can’t-look-away feeling to the nine-episode show, which traffics in gore and deep psychological thriller and distress. The lead is Gi-hun (Lee Jung-Jae), a divorced dad who is somehow a degenerate and a gambler. He’s relying on his elderly mother, whom he lives with, while occasionally stealing her money.

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Squid Game powerfully criticizes society’s economic disparities, particularly as the rich controllers, the VIPs, revealed behind the game.

Excellent acting strengthens the drama, particularly Lee, who makes Gi-hun likable, notwithstanding his many flaws. The characters encounter tremendous trauma and development, and the actors rise to the challenge of impersonating convincing sentiments in an incredible setting.

A big part of the series’ success lies in its dramatic and striking aesthetic. Director Hwang Dong-hyuk depicts the surreal, vivid world of deadly games like the backdrop of a video game, exaggerated shapes, sizes, and harsh edges that evoke pixels. Compared to Seoul’s gray, gloomy streets, where many of the characters reside, there’s a feeling that the players have crossed over into Oz when they enter the game.

The show is well-suited for binge-watching because Hwang applies pacing and cliffhangers to make the series absurdly addicting. More than almost any original Netflix series, the closings of each episode lure you into ticking the “next episode” key. Every episode is roughly an hour, but they never feel dull. The series is undoubtedly disturbing, although its intensity and slaughter never reach the bloody levels of The Walking Dead, instead of relying on an insidious psychological thrill that coils its tentacles around you.

Trying to predict the next streaming sensation can be a fool’s errand in the current era of television. Still, there is an absolute delight in finding something without A-list stars, substantial marketing budgets, or the typical trappings of “prestige” TV that connects with so many people. “Squid” may be so popular because we’re in a distinctly tragic moment in history, but connection over something disquieting is better than no connection at all.

If, in case you’re worrying, no actual squids were harmed during filming.

Written by Ralph Glorioso

World cinema and electronic music enthusiast. Most importantly, a firm believer in slice of life and iyashikei anime.

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