I was skeptical at first because I thought it was going to be like Physical: 100 and be a Korean show so I was initially a little disappointed to find out that it was not, and honestly, the representation of Asian ethnicities in the show seems a little low but that's an issue we will have to talk about another time.
In this article, we discuss Squid Game: The Challenge. If you don't know much about it, it's a reality competition show based on the K-Drama Squid Game, if you don't know too much about it you can read more HERE.
Betrayal, betrayal, betrayal, and having alliances?
If you're watching or not, (and know of Squid Game) you would know that playing this game requires some form of deception. As of Episode 5, there have been a few alliances formed though I'm not sure how far you can go when you reach the end. I mean it's great having an alliance but you're going to have to betray each other regardless?
This reality show version of Squid Game brings out real human lust and desire with only a few faces showing genuine human care and love, but how true is it? We know they're all there for the money however, some are saying they are there for the experience as well.
The games they've competed in so far include Red Light, Green Light, and the Dalgona challenge, and in an interesting twist, the tug-of-war game was swapped out for battleships, perhaps due to the harmful nature of the game. Since it wasn't a physical test as it well it makes you feel a bit wary of what's coming.
The Picnic Scene
As I resist watching, I find myself wanting to watch more as something always interesting is happening. I have skipped past a lot of the banter, back talk and strategizing amongst alliances but the picnic scene - where they find out that their chosen picnic partner would be who they play the marble game with. Ouch! Especially for the mother-and-son duo!
New Features of Squid Game
The new features in the game such as having opportunities to eliminate other players and also for the Dalgona game with everyone being eliminated if a unanimous decision wasn't made about which symbol they would choose again, ouch! It physically hurts to watch people get eliminated before even getting a chance to play. We really felt it as well when number 200 was eliminated for being "social" but that's the game, right?
And what about the Jack in the Box bit? I think it's interesting to see how different people perceive threats within this game - those who got the opportunity to eliminate people, their reasoning was generally the same but who they saw as a threat was different which makes you think about human psychology and how each of us can be similar but very very different at the same time. I guess it's like a survival of the fittest point of view and also who each of the eliminators interacted with.
We are waiting to see how this picnic is going to go and the marble game especially for those like the mother and son and others who are sitting with their formed alliances, I guess it's the nature of the game. Let's see how far these people will go!
Also, season 2 of the Squid Game drama will be airing in 2024. We wrote about it HERE. Check it out!
What do you think of Squid Game: The Challenge? Is it your cup of tea? Comment below!