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Why Fans Are (Or Aren't) Looking Forward to Squid Game: The Challenge

A new reality competition series called Squid Game: The Challenge was greenlit by Netflix in 2022. It will be based on Squid Game, which was one of the most popular shows on the streaming service in 2021. The original show was a dystopian portrayal where only one person survived. The streaming show’s deadly depiction of such games as “Red Light, Green Light,” and others captivated audiences.

As a result of this interest, this version will have 456 players vying for a prize of 4.56 million dollars. However, there is no deadly consequence for the losers, unlike in the television drama. The new reality series is ten episodes long, and contestants will participate in various Squid Game-inspired challenges. Alliances will be formed, and strategies will be put to the test. Casting is now closed, but Netflix announced the Squid Game reality competition would come out sometime this year.

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Viewers of the original Squid Game are being vocal on social media about their thoughts on Squid Game: The Challenge. Some argue that it is ironic that Netflix is going out of its way to feature one of the very things that the television drama was criticizing, i.e., capitalism and how people were willing to die to win. Even though the consequences of losing aren’t as dire, basing a reality competition on such a dystopian streaming series does cause some strong negative reactions. In response to the Netflix casting announcement, Twitter user @yes_jon commented, “Tell me you don’t understand what Squid Game is about without telling me you don’t understand what Squid Game is about.”

While everything people know about Squid Game: The Challenge is limited, Reddit user @hiressnails, who applied to be a contestant, said, “I’d be cool [if] I won it. It’d be cool to be on it in general. I’ve been really depressed lately and have wanted some adventure.” The casting response shows a positive reaction to the show, with users reporting on Reddit that there were 90,000 applications.

The question is whether this spin-off of a popular Netflix drama will translate well into a reality competition. Squid Game: The Challenge could piggyback on the worldwide phenomena which criticized the way capitalism inspires people to do immoral things to the point that they are willing to die to get money.

Even though Squid Games: The Challenge will only highlight the competitions rather than the deadly sacrifices people will make, the eagerness for so many to be cast in the reality competition shows how popular the concept of Squid Games is. According to its creator, this is just one way the Squid Games’ universe could expand. Viewers will have to see if this particular expansion is a success.

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Sources: @yes_jon/Twitter, @hiressnails/Reddit

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