Seong Gi-Hun will get fired from his job. His life is depressing. Seong Gi-Hun hears a few secret survival recreation, with a forty five.6 billion received prize for the winner. He decides to participate within the recreation. In the meantime, Cho Sang-Woo is sort of a brother to Seong Gi-Hun and vice versa. They grew up in the identical neighborhood. Regardless of his poor household background, Cho Sang-Woo graduated from a prestigious college and located a very good job. He now faces a disaster, as a result of misappropriation of firm funds. He decides to participate within the secret survival recreation with Seong Gi-Hun.
Squid Recreation is heavy, darkish, morbid. It manages expectations of how sequence with a central theme of survival recreation would appear like, when it comes to the storytelling, execution and brutality. It additionally has some apparent underlying messages which can be normally seen in a typical survival recreation idea. We’ve seen these kind of idea completed in different films or sequence; now we have the very well-known Starvation Video games the place contestants kill one another to battle for his or her survival and convey honor to their respective districts; we even have Alice in Borderland, which aired final 12 months, the place contestants discover their selves in an empty-streets, parallel Tokyo, and are power to compete in numerous video games for their very own survival too. And whereas these two have their very own fair proportion of thrill, leisure and essential messages for the viewers, Squid Recreation even have its personal brutal appeal and enigma. It has its personal message to inform; it has a distinct and attention-grabbing spin of the same old messages we get from this central theme.
The sequence began by introducing us to the person wherein his journey we’ll observe alongside. The person is Seong Gi-hun. To place it bluntly, he leads a lifetime of a loser. A 47-year outdated man who achieved nothing in his life and remains to be financially dependent to his outdated, ailing mom; a divorced man who can’t lead a very good life for his household; a father who can’t present financially for his daughter. And whereas we see him struggling to make ends meet, buried in money owed, Present allow us to additionally perceive Gi-hun’s mindset and why he’s the way in which he’s. It’s not that he’s unhealthy, he’s simply at all times making the unsuitable selections. I like this explicit scene in Episode 1, when he’s making an attempt to get a birthday current for his daughter in a claw machine after he loses the cash he received in playing, a random child noticed the way in which he performed the sport and instructed him, “You at all times fail since you decide with out considering.” It would simply be a random line however I feel that completely describes the decision-making of Gi-hun all his life. He retains on doing issues with out considering of the professionals and cons. And if he did, it at all times took him lengthy sufficient to weigh the great and the unhealthy of his conditions.
As we transfer ahead every episode, we additionally get to see another excuse of his misfortune: soft-heartedness and an excessive amount of compassion to individuals. We see this all all through the episodes and the way he deal with the opposite contestants particularly these he grew nearer with. It’s due to this soft-heartedness that he was deeply traumatized of the aftermath of this survival recreation, unable to maneuver on and dwell a easy life collectively together with his daughter. In all honesty, if this was one other sequence, I would’ve perceive his causes of desirous to know who’s behind all this Squid Recreation competitors. However right here on this sequence, I used to be form of unconvinced of his driving power. Yeah, I feel I’m simply certainly one of this egocentric viewer who’d like him to benefit from the worth cash that he received from the lethal competitors. I do know that sentence sounded so unsuitable on so many features. However perhaps as a result of, I see him as a form of man who makes brash selections and going after to the pinnacle of the Squid Recreation will do extra hurt than him than good. I feel he received the sport purely by each luck and exhausting work. And by doing one thing harmful as going after the behind-the-scenes secrets and techniques of Squid Recreation, it would simply be all in useless.
There may be nonetheless a lot story to inform for a Season 2 and no matter trajectory they’re going for in case the Present can be renewed, I hope he has somebody with him who has a rationale mindset to steadiness his impulsive and hasty actions.
On the Coronary heart of the Recreation
Squid Recreation incorporates kids’s video games and made an grownup model of it–with brutality and dying at its stake. There are such a lot of attention-grabbing takes that I like with the sport as a result of, surprisingly, Squid Recreation has a precept it lives by too. Let me record down these features that I discover attention-grabbing:
Selecting the gamers – Not everybody within the nation can play the sport. The group meticulously selected who will participate on this recreation. Nevertheless, everybody has one factor in widespread: all of them have an infinite quantity of debt to pay which leads them to dwell a hellish life. And we see gamers that aren’t simply thugs and low-class, we additionally see professionals which we’ll suppose resides an honest life-style however in a grand scheme of life, discovered themselves deeply in debt with no means out until they be a part of this competitors. This side is beguiling as a result of we are able to see right here that organizers of this recreation chooses any such individuals primarily as a result of they need for these “chosen ones” to see Squid Recreation as their final hope of survival. And that once they examine their actual lives to their lives whereas within the recreation, they may select the latter just because their immense struggling will end result to an unimaginable amount of cash. How manipulative it’s to let these gamers suppose they’re free to resolve on their very own however in actuality, their selections are the outcomes of what was imparted to them–a shitty life, a grand worth.
The foundations – Squid Recreation lives by its ideas–democratic the place everybody’s voices will be heard, there’s free will, equity and equality. We see this when everybody decides if the sport can be terminated and when one of many contestants is secretly studying beforehand what the subsequent recreation can be. That leads me to a different core this sequence had touched upon: willingness and division. What an attention-grabbing take that is wherein everybody–whether or not a thug, an outdated man, a company man, a North Korean defector, a gambler–is all in the identical area which is managed by the Entrance Man (gamemaster). And even inside this area, there’s nonetheless discrimination, racism, hierarchy; however see the larger image and everyone seems to be puppets being managed by those that could be very a lot increased than them. Within the eyes of those spectators, they’re all nothing however chess items they’ll throw away simply. These puppets are being managed to do issues, to the purpose of combating and killing each other, on the expense of a giant worth that awaits them. We see this guidelines being created, within the guise of getting a free will, that which makes these individuals even additional divide as an alternative of unite as a result of everybody’s hearts has their very own agenda. Not everybody can be on the identical image as a result of everybody has priorities of their very own. Everybody joined then got here again on their very own accord, as a result of life exterior is hellish anyway, what’s there to lose? Isn’t it a lot screams of actuality? I wouldn’t particularly clarify additional in order that one also can ponder upon the correlation of this recreation to what’s taking place in our world.
The video games get harsher and the stakes get increased because it ranges up. I’m really not acquainted with many of the video games right here as a result of these are principally derived from Korean’s kids video games. Nevertheless, as somebody who is just not acquainted with these video games, Present was nonetheless in a position to present rationalization of how video games work. The video games right here aren’t as mind-boggling as the opposite survival video games sequence. Nevertheless, it nonetheless has the identical impact with these mind-boggling video games. Two of my notable favorites are the marble recreation and the sport in Episode 7. (sorry I forgot the names of these video games) The marble recreation strikes upon belief and betrayal. It was pretty sluggish and for others, is perhaps boring recreation. However nonetheless is crucial because it pierces by one’s emotional ache than of bodily struggling. Belief and friendship have been examined on this recreation and we see completely different types of betrayal and give up for their very own sake and for others. The opposite recreation is death-defying and thrilling. I received’t clarify additional to keep away from spoilers but it surely was heart-pounding and possibly essentially the most brutal recreation within the sequence.
On the opposite aspect of the coin
There may be one other attention-grabbing a part of the sequence and that’s seeing what occurs behind the scenes. We see this point-of-view with Wi Ha Joon’s character as he examine the whereabouts of his older brother. We see the facilitators behind the masks, who’re additionally human beings similar to these contestants within the area. And we see a few of them abusing the sport for their very own sake. One other attention-grabbing spin right here is the usage of the shapes (circle, triangle, sq.) as a type of hierarchy to the “troopers/facilitators”. It’s attention-grabbing as a result of there’s a lot story to inform of the secrecy held by the Squid Recreation, most curiously is the entrance man (recreation grasp). Such an excellent cameo by this veteran and acclaimed actor (I received’t say so I received’t kill the shock) and he makes the character filled with enigma that it makes me wish to know his previous and the way he grew to become the entrance man, or higher but, how he grew to become part of this group.
One other interesting issue are the VIPs which comes from completely different elements of the world. We will put it as, that is simply one of many many survival video games that’s taking place all world wide. And that every one the elites from completely different international locations unite to make an occasion that may profit them purely for his or her satisfaction and delight. It was unsettling to see them being all happy watching this individuals die. The masks and possibly the VIP’s arc jogged my memory of this Hollywood film, Eyes Huge Shut, the place the highest elites have a secret group to carry out rituals and all that. (I received’t clarify additional as a result of their tales are vastly completely different) However what they’ve in widespread, other than the flamboyant masks, is a mindset of an elite, and this secret group that has disturbing and horrid acts.)
By the tip of the sequence, it was a bit of bit defined that each the wealthy and the poor has vacancy of their hearts. And the wealthy individuals fills this vacancy by doing one thing that may give them enjoyment (such a brutal means of satisfaction it’s). I bear in mind in Episode 2, when Jun-ho (Wi Ha Joon) visited his brother’s condominium, digital camera pans to the pile of books and a kind of is the Principle of Need by Jacques Lacan. I feel it’s protected to say that it is likely one of the driving power of all of the individuals within the sequence: a quest for his or her want to be fulfilled. And if we’re going to have a look at what this principle of Lacan says with want: “Our wishes aren’t our personal, they’re the Different’s” It will be a large spectrum to research and I don’t need this writing to be tutorial; however it’s fairly a which means to take a look at it as: what we want is the will of others. On this sequence, everybody’s motivation is kind out of want, in no matter circumstances, whether or not for self or for others. If there can be a Season 2, that is going to be an attention-grabbing subject to be disclose.
Extra Central Characters
Let me additionally give a fast overview and private ideas in regards to the different gamers in Squid Recreation:
Cho Sang Woo – What I discover most attention-grabbing: when he at all times retains his agenda hidden and portrayed himself as somebody who’s chilly however cares for others. We see this hidden agenda rising and rising till it simply exploded in a climactic means. He reveals no regret for the manipulative, crafty means he did many occasions all for the sake of his private wants.
Oh Il Nam – Oh, his character. I really feel so betrayed by toying my feelings. To keep away from spoiler, I received’t present intricate particulars. All I can say is that I see any such character in different dramas or tales, so the twist surrounding his character didn’t present such a surprising worth. Nevertheless, I really feel so betrayed as a result of what occurred to him within the earlier episode was so emotional for me that I really feel like all these feelings received into waste.
Kang Sae Byeok – I like her character a lot and I simply really feel prefer it’s a waste to see her lose the sport in that form of method. I simply hope that we get to see her battle honest and sq. as effectively and never die out of an aftermath in one of many video games.
Jang Deok-Soo – One other attention-grabbing character I like to hate. I discover his character ridiculous in a way that his robust and fearful demeanor doesn’t essentially gave him the benefit within the video games. His robust demeanor was exploited by the sport grasp to trigger a brawl and killings to all of the contributors within the recreation. In reality, his vanity is the key reason behind his downfall.
Han Mi Nyeo – She’s the form of character who will use everybody to her benefit. She’ll make all kinds of scenes and lies in an effort to defend herself within the recreation.
Ali Abdul – ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIII /cries/ This pure-hearted man and naive man. I’ve a smooth spot in his character. ?cries some extra within the nook/
Hwang Jun-ho – They solely man that isn’t a participant of the sport. I like his guts. I like his character as a result of his POV brings us to what occurs past the video games.
A Potential Season 2
If ever this sequence can be renewed for a second season, I’m all in. Although I doubt we’ll nonetheless get these distinguished actors to reprise their position, particularly for these characters who I consider will nonetheless be very important in second season. Story-wise, this season has a a lot of unfastened ends. For instance, what’s the deeper relationship between Deok-Soo and Sae-Byeok? I feel their connection was brushed apart within the latter a part of the sequence; and if there’s a Season 2, there’s no level of digging deeper to their again tales as a result of /spoiler/ they died already. No level of including their characters in Season 2. I additionally don’t suppose we’ll get a deeper storyline between Jun-ho and his brother. (until the actor who portrayed his brother will join as a part of the solid for Season 2, which I extremely doubt. It’s going to be tremendous costly to solid him. Haha. However can I simply say how he does so brilliantly with that position? I haven’t seen him in another Exhibits so I used to be actually stunned of how he deeply portrayed the position. I’m very impressed. He isn’t a acclaimed South Korean actor for nothing.)
If a Season 2 will happen, I imagined that we’ll have new contestants of the sport. And it might be attention-grabbing to see Seong Gi-hun to be the brand new entrance man (recreation grasp). The continual arc of this sequence that would result in potential a number of seasons is understanding the background of the group that made Squid Recreation. As a result of primarily based on Season 1, it’s not simply merely a doing of 1 particular person. There are numerous of them, and they’re throughout all international locations. And since Gi-hun looks as if he’s prepared to be taught extra about it, it will likely be good to see him in a perspective of infiltrating the group by utilizing his winner card recreation to unravel the mysteries surrounding the larger image of Squid Recreation. In all probability by that point, he’s a lot wiser and a strategist who doesn’t makes choice on a whim.
Squid Recreation supplied a distinct gravitas amongst different sequence with survival video games idea. The present didn’t actually present a deeper, colourful backstory with a few of the characters and simply gave us fundamental tales of who they’re past the sport. Nevertheless, that info is sufficient for us to know what drives their decision-making and methods once we see them taking part in the sport already. I personally felt prefer it didn’t give me that very same emotional punch I felt after I watched one other sequence with the identical theme. In all probability as a result of it nearly has the identical underlying themes however simply completely different in method. However, Squid Recreation remains to be entertaining and horrifying by itself.
In totality, Squid Recreation focuses on what occurs within the recreation itself, the mysteries surrounding this recreation, and what the stakes are, the value to pay in shedding, and most particularly, in profitable the sport.