Squid Game: The Challenge is a spin-off of Netflix’s Emmy-winning program from 2021. But critiques highlight the irony of its exploitative structure.
On Wednesday, Netflix will release Squid Game: The Challenge, a reality series that is a spin-off of the 2021 Emmy Award-winning K-drama. Although the latest episode makes for “gripping” reality TV, according to the early reviewers, it might undermine the anti-capitalist themes of the first season. (Also Read: Netflix releases trailer for “Squid Game: The Challenge” and confirms launch date.)
“Emotional” reality television
The game show, in its own peculiar way, realizes the concepts in Dong-hyuk’s tale about capitalism turning people into dust by using the vocabulary of contemporary reality television. According to the Vulture review, “That reality television itself is an artifact of late-stage capitalism only underscores the point,” disputing the claim made by some that Squid Game: The Challenge is “exploitative.”
Despite acknowledging the show’s exploitative nature, The Guardian’s assessment maintains that it is an enticing reality TV program to watch. It seemed logical to believe that Squid Game: The Challenge would be a cash-in, a cynical afterthought that would completely miss the mark, and maybe it does. However, the assessment notes that, as a gameshow and the spectacle it aims to be, it is difficult to turn away.
Dying from irony
A few reviews weren’t too complimentary of Squid Game: The Challenge’s tone and methodology. Netflix’s cash-in, according to The Hollywood Reporter, isn’t “pretty.”The challenge of playing squid is not isolated. Its purpose is to profit from Squid Game, a 2021 South Korean scripted drama that is one of the streamer’s biggest blockbusters to date.According to the evaluation, “In that context, it looks more like a brand extension that fundamentally misunderstands what the brand was meant to represent in the first place rather than like a one-off curiosity.”
In their review, IGN expresses a similar viewpoint: “There’s no real incentive to consider some of the show’s negative connotations, especially since any criticism about how The Challenge simulates the violence depicted in Squid Game can be brushed off with ‘it’s all just fun and games.But that’s exactly the problem—it’s difficult to separate its elaborate ensembles and green jumpsuits from the era in which they were made.
On November 22, Squid Game: The Challenge will be available for streaming on Netflix.