TV Review: ‘Squid Game,’ Your Next Netflix Binge

Madeleine Pogoda, Journalist

Imagine: you are in a copious amount of debt, and you had the chance to compete in six games for billions of dollars. The only twist is, if or when you lose, you die. That’s the premise of the hit Netflix show Squid Game.

The South Korean show, dubbed in English, follows the life of Seong Gi-hun, played by Lee Jung-jae, a gambling addict in crippling debt. Gi-hun loses his money on horses, he owes a couple of goons a lot of money, and it’s his daughter’s birthday.

He meets a recruiter (Gong Yoo), who gives him a chance to play a game with 10,000 won at stake. Gi-hun loses. All of this starts a chain of events that will lead Gi-hun to wake up in a room with 455 other people dressed in teal suits, identified only by numbers pinned to their backs.

Masked guards come in and explain that all of the players are in dire financial straits but will be given billions of won in prize money if they can win six games over six days. They then escort the players to the first game, and no one knows what to expect.

The games they play are for children, but they have a deadly twist. In the first game, red-light-green-light, you have to stop when a scary, mechanical doll turns around and says “red light,” and if you get caught moving, machine-gun fire will mow you down.

Every episode ended with a cliffhanger, including the final episode, “One Lucky Day,” setting up a possible second season. The show is one of the best thrillers of the last decade, and it is definitely binge-worthy. Don’t miss it.