Unless you live under a rock in the deepest, darkest cave in an undiscovered land, on another planet, you’ve probably heard of the hit television series ‘Squid Game’.
When I say ‘hit series’ I mean ‘hit series’. The series is #1 on Netflix in over 90 countries. This South-Korean drama has somehow managed to conquer and unite the world to stare into our nearest device for hours upon hours. Well, we already do that, but this show makes it that much harder to walk away from the screen.
Can’t get a hold of your doctor? He probably took the day off to binge Squid Game. The U.S. Embassy not responding? Squid Game is responsible. Haven’t seen your friends in two weeks? They’re more than likely glued to the screen watching Squid Game. Or maybe they don’t like you.
The violent and brutal drama centers around down-on-their-luck people in crippling debt, desperate for a chance to become unbelievably wealthy by playing a series of children’s games.
For me, the series started off slow, and I wasn’t sure what all the hype was about. The next thing I know, it was three in the morning and I was five episodes in, debating if I should watch another or start on that paper due in a few hours. If you read this far, I think you know what my decision was.
The most shocking thing about this show is how it took more than a decade to get accepted by studios. And while that might seem like a “never give up” type of story, it also speaks to how many of these media companies don’t listen to what the people want and end up recreating the same movies and shows over and over again.
If you haven’t started watching Squid Game, I urge you to start. I also suggest you start on the weekends when you have nothing to do because once you start, you won’t want to stop.