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Squid Game is not a game for kids

Warning: contains spoilers

In Squid Game, you are either all in or all out.

This is a game where there are no half measures. Participation is voluntary but you’re going to need a strong stomach and a steely heart for the challenges you will face if you want to win. Or live.

I’m not going to give too much away about Squid Game other than to say, if you’ve watched Battle Royale, then you’ll have a good idea of what it’s about. I’ve already said too much, this is one show you’ll need to watch for yourself.

I was hooked by the end of episode one. It had a slow build-up and setting up of characters but then we got to the red light, green light game with a gigantic and rather creepy doll with a swivel head. That was when we really got to learn what the show was about!

The games the contestants play are simple kid’s games which I think makes it even better as the innocence of kids and their games are so in contrast to what happens in the rest of the show. It also allows the show to highlight the morality issues the contestants face.

Squid Game has been storming up the popularity ratings on Netflix and is currently their most popular show. A lot of its popularity has come from word of mouth and thanks to it being a damn good show. What is surprising is that it is actually a Korean show and unless you can understand Korean, then you’ll need to watch it using subtitles or dubbed English. I opted for the dubbed version but it is down to personal preference. Some things may get lost in translation but I don’t think any issues of not being able to watch the show in its original language ruined it for me. It’s a gem of a show and thoroughly deserves its popularity.

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