Squid Game by Netflix Review


Robert Cowser

Squid Game is a Netflix series that revolves around a contest where 456 players in deep financial debt put their lives at risk to play a series of children’s games for the chance to win a 45.6 billion prize. The title of the series draws from a similarly named Korean children’s game. 

The first game the players are greeted with is “Red Light, Green Light,” If you get caught, you get “unalive.” The second game is Ppopgi, where you must cut the perfect shape out of a very brittle cookie material, and if you break the cookie, you’ll be unlived. The third game is a tug of war where two teams are put up against each other to pull the other team into their demise. The fourth game is a game of marbles where two players are given 20 marbles, and the players can choose how they play, but if they run out of marbles, they get unalive. The fifth game is a high bridge made of two glasses; one can support the players, and the other will break if stepped on. The final game is a squid game where a squid-like diagram is usually drawn on sandy fields. Players are separated into two teams, with attackers trying to reach and dominate a “land” or home base, generally hopping on one leg out of bounds. In contrast, offensive players push, pull, and try to keep their opponents outside the lines.


After watching Squid Game, I didn’t like how the show started by explaining what Squid Game is based off and how it was a coincidence that the main character won a horse racing bet. I was confused why the workers and higher-ups had the players play in child games to win money to pay for the players that won debts, but there could only be one winner. Player 001 was the person behind the operation from the beginning by knowing when to move in Red Light Green Light. While he was moving, the robot child never scanned him because he was never even on the scanner. Overall, the series was confusing, but the ending was expected because of how the show was going. There were too many dramatic moments, and the plot twist at the end was unnecessary. When the twist came, I felt that the people watching the series already knew the operation director.