Making up my mind on Squid game. can y’all hear that? if you’re new to the series I put on my makeup while talking about something related to pop culture, the Internet or just media in general, and as always, everything I link is down below. Today’s look is going to be it’s a little complicated. Hopefully I can do it.
I have not given a look in a while. I give looks… Not a look.
If you eat that brush, stop eating my brushes. I love you. But you have to stop eating my brushes, OK? You just ate my plant the other day, so no more if you don’t know what Squid game is. What is wrong with you kidding but technically, everyone should know by now, because the world is talking about it.
It’s a Netflix Kdrama thriller that recently as of this video is the most watched show in general on Netflix. It used to be the most watched show that isn’t in English, but now it’s officially the number one, I think, globally. Mind you. The name is originally a kid’s game in Korea, in which there’s two teams, offense and defense. Defense can run with two feet.
Offense can only run with one. If offense cuts through the waist of the squad, they can use both feet. And in order to win, you need to touch the top of the squid with your foot. But if you get pushed outside the boundaries, you die. And the reason why I’m mentioning this is because the concept of this children’s game is basically the entire plot of the show expanded out.
The show is about a group of four hundred fifty six players who have to compete in childhood games, It’s basically a tournament, and the winner of all of it wins forty five point six billion won. Now, I’m not Korean. Yes. That may come as a surprise to some people, but check the last name and also stop assuming everyone who is Asian is Korean. Pleek.
This is an example of how stupid you all look when you generalize us. It’s roughly thirty eight million dollars.
And Google Trends has already shown the impact of the show because of how much people are searching up the conversion rates. Each player represents one billion won. So when someone dies in the show, it’s added to a golden piggy bank?
Yes, it’s a literal piggy bank. So the biggest question I want to answer today is why is it popular and there’s no concrete answer before going into this show, I already had my superstitions on it. I just thought, ah, people fetishizing us again. At first I saw this through Twitter because on the Premiere date, it was trending on Twitter with over one million tweets already. So I said the kpop community is going ham on something.
The only tweets I saw were fan cams of sae-byeok which is easily the most popular character because she is conventionally the most attractive, even though in the show no one is supposed to be attractive because they’re all fighting for their life.
So from first glance, I thought, hmm, probably Asian fetishization, which I’m not going to rule that out. Obviously, in anything related to us, there’s going to be a level of that, specifically Koreans in this case. But personally, I don’t think that’s the primary reason for its success. However, some of yall still need to assess why you’re so interested in Korean culture and want to be Korean.
Right, so while I don’t think it’s the primary reason we can’t deny the choke hold that the Korean entertainment industry currently has on the world, I’m not saying that’s a bad thing.
It’s just it’s getting stronger with the popularization of kpop Korean music in general has led to Kdrama. We’re now seeing people talk about Webtoons also known as Manhwa, which is the same way you say it in Chinese. Top that off with the global success of parasite and the awards it won, Squid game was kind of set up to be successful. That doesn’t mean squid game wouldn’t have been popular without the other influences, but it does help in a way.
And there’s also other Kdramas that helped pave the way, you could say like Train to Busan and Kingdom. None of this is a bad thing. I am always going to be happy to see Asians being represented globally and in media in general. But at the same time, it does make me feel a little bit uneasy when someone thinks that those medias represent the entire culture.
We’ve seen this before with Japan and anime China and Chinese fashion tiktoks which mind you were happening during the peak of Asian hate crimes, make it make sense.
Do you like us or hate us? And right now, we’re seeing over Korea and its entertainment industry, if we only indulge in the popular media of these cultures or the ones that the US decides to show, we start to have warped mindsets of what the culture is actually like. Sorry to burst your bubble. Not every Korean person looks like a kpop idol. And the reason why I’m only talking about these three countries in general is because no other ones exist, at least according to the U.
S.. Forget the other hundred Asian countries that are out there. Let’s focus on the top three that make the most money. Netflix is aware of how lucrative the Korean entertainment industry currently is, so having it on his platform only makes it easier for it to hit number one, because of how many people signed up for Netflix and other streaming platforms during Covid, which is still happening, by the way.
So that’s obviously a factor. Oh, you forgot. Hmm. Wow. Yeah, it’s happening.
We should also give credit to the US, though, for reaching new records, because Covid is now the deadliest American pandemic. So claps for us! Squid Game, number one, the US is also number one somewhere. But in my opinion, the main reason it’s so successful is just it’s just good. And before you go hating, saying, oh, it’s been done before with Hunger Games and other horror.
This isn’t the newest one. This isn’t an innovative show. I get that when something becomes so popular, people start to call it overrated. But like just admit it’s good, has great cinematic scenes. The score is absolutely phenomenal.
This is biased because he uses classical music a lot, but also is the same person who did Parasite. They’re the same music producer. The actors are great. There’s no sign of Riverdale acting in here.
The plot is natural.
It has twists that aren’t out the wazoo. So just admit it. There’s good parts of this show, even if you don’t like Thriller in general. Finally, I just think thriller dystopia commentary on capitalism just appeals to a majority of people. We’ve seen it before with YA novels like Hunger Games, Divergent.
people always want to escape reality. And this show does it because this is not going to happen.
We’re not going to see a tournament like this anytime soon. Right? And I have now learned that there is actually a science behind living vicariously through someone we feel anxious when we see them go through these trials.
Why do you think people tense up and get so passionate over football? They’re feeling similar emotions that those players are going through. Maybe we’re a little messed up by wanting to feel this way, but that’s the whole point of horror movies. Right. And I wouldn’t call this horror.
It’s more thriller just because there’s no jump scares. It’s not meant to scare you. It just shows gruesome scenes like they are not scared of showing death. And I appreciate that. And I also think that plays a part in why it’s so successful, because we’re just not used to seeing people getting shot right in the face, someone being stabbed.
I’m not going to show it on here, obviously, because we know what’s going to happen with YouTube. But that just proves my point. We’re not used to seeing it. So when it’s happening in every scene, every five minutes, you kind of get used to it.
But you’re also wanting more, even if you hate looking at it.
It’s like a really weird addiction going back to capitalism, I think all these books that we read about teen dystopia like Legend, yes I’m a YA reader, every single one of these works shows the relationships between the rich and the poor. So we can relate to it because it’s a reality. A lot of people are victims of capitalism, and the game is not afraid to show the different aspects of that. So now that we’re done with the context, let’s get into the meat, the tofu if you’re vegan.
I hate it when characters are so minor that even James Charizard doesn’t care.
Let me stop. That’s like the third time I’ve called him out in a video. But it pisses me off when I see characters that serve no purpose. It’s unnecessary for them to be in there or they’re so forgetful that I don’t even remember their name. squid game does the exact opposite for the most part.
Obviously, there’s always going to be minor characters here and there. Every single character is there for a different reason. Either they’re in debt because they’re a victim of stocks, business people taking advantage of them being greedy, gambling too much. All the reasons why someone could be in debt is basically put into each character. Even people who should be rich still end up there because greed is greed and we all have it.
And I think that’s a good change of scenery for people who aren’t Korean and indulgent Korean culture, because I think we usually see success stories and only people at their very best. It’s sort of like a reality check, like, hey, it’s not perfect. No country is perfect. And I watched some interviews on how people living in Korea think about the show. Even to them, they said it’s a surprise because that’s not often talked about, because I don’t live in Korea and I’m not Korean.
I would like to know from y’all who are Korean and live there. How does this show portray capitalism? And is it realistic? is that a nice change of scenery? Because every society has negative aspects, whether it’s government discrimination or in this case, capitalism, getting the best of people.
Before we talk about the characters, I just want to preface this by saying I am not Korean, I can’t pronounce things the best. I’m going to write out their name. I’m going to try to pronounce it the best I can, obviously, with an American accent. So be nice, please, in the comments. Also, spoiler alert, I’m going to talk about everything in the show.
So if you have not watched it or you don’t want to be spoiled, come back when you finish the show. I would like to formally apologize to the Korean community for butchering this pronunciation, looking back, in Korean, It’s pronounced more like Gi-hun when I was just watching it back.
And then in the English dub, it’s Gi-hun. So either way, I’m wrong. Just be nice to me, please.
Gi-hun is our main character. He’s the protagonist. He’s a divorced gambler who needs the money in order to gain back custody of his daughter because she’s about to move to the US. Also, his mom has diabetes but doesn’t have the insurance to pay for because he took away the insurance in order to pay for the rent, which they can’t even pay for.
But he joins the game because he has nothing left to lose.
Every day. He’s either gambling his money away with his mother’s money, mind you, because he steals her credit card. He’s running away from people he owes. And he even gets to the point where if he doesn’t get the money in time, he’ll lose his kidney. So basically, he either joins the game, dies or dies because he can’t get the money in real life.
Come here, come here. Oh. Hi, hi. Sang-woo is basically his polar opposite. He’s also friends with Gi-hun, and so they meet up in the game and they team up early on.
He went to the Harvard of Korea, SNU So it’s a prestigious university.
He’s a business man. His mother always brags about him saying, oh, he’s so good, he’s going to America to study. But he also gets caught stealing money from his clients. So now he’s on the run.
So that’s why he ends up in the game, too, because he’s also in debt. He had everything going for him. Yet he still ended up in the game because basically anyone can be a bleep. And I want you to remember this. It was because of his violent behavior that he ends up in the game because that foreshadows his behavior and character development, which we will get to, because I really like when people do that.
Abdul Ali is an immigrant Pakistani worker who is basically the only non Korean person in the show. And this show, he’s the only minority because, you know, Koreans are the majority in Korea. So it’s not only a rare presence for the show itself, but a rare presence for the Korean film industry in general, because to my knowledge, that’s not a big representation that we see.
Whether or not he is the best representation is up for debate, because I’ve heard his English dub is a little stereotypical and it doesn’t make sense on why he has an Indian accent when he can speak Korean perfectly fine. But that’s another thing.
The English dub sucks. And if anyone watches it, please don’t. Unless you can’t watch subs like if you are physically incapable of doing it. Yes. Go ahead and watch the dub.
But just know a lot of it is already lost in translation, converting from Korean to English. A lot of meaning is lost, so we don’t even get the full experience. Oh Il-nam is the oldest in the group. He’s also number one out of the four fifty six, which is like, why? Well, we’ll get to it.
He suffers from dementia and basically he’s there because he’s got nothing else to do. He’s going to die soon. He says, you know, I just want to have fun.
Remember that he ends up being the biggest character twist. Oh, my God.
This eyeshadow Sae-byeok, which is honestly probably fan favorite of the show. She used to live in North Korea, but managed to escape with her younger brother. But her mother is still in North Korea, so she needs to get her out. However, that costs a lot of money. Also, she got messed over by some business dude, This is also her first acting job because she used to be a model.
And once again, this is proof at how good these actors are.
No Riverdale here. I also want to know what is it where people who can just act all of a sudden like we had it with Tahani in the good place to. But I’m also curious because people brought her up in the Korean interview. Apparently, people who do escape North Korea are compensated fairly in South Korea because there’s a lot of programs to help them be able to integrate into society, whatever, etc.
So I guess my question is, is it more common to be in Sae-byeok’s situation or to have opportunities to integrate in South Korea? Obviously, not everything is fair. So I’m sure there are people who are in Sae-byeok’s situation.
I’m just curious. These are the main characters I want to talk about.
Obviously, there’s a lot of other people, but we just don’t have the time today. So in short, these characters just show the unfortunate reality that we face. Even though we can’t relate to the setting, we can still relate to the character situations. Student loan debt, having to provide for our parents or siblings feeling guilt when we can’t. I doubt most of us are VIPs, which are the people who fund Squid game, by the way.
Also, I appreciate shows when they make it more immersive for us. I cannot stand there when people are deserted on an island and they still have a full face of makeup on.
That does not happen. People don’t wake up with a full face of makeup. Look at my rhymes I think that trope is dominant in Hollywood.
But at least for this show, they look like they’re suffering because they are. I don’t even care if it’s makeup. Give her eye bags because she’s probably sleep deprived. Show that they’re sweating. They can’t look perfect, even though after the show they do look attractive.
That’s all subjective, obviously, but they’re conventionally attractive out of the show. And the comments are filled with people saying this is the most attractive cast, which once again is it fetishization. That’s another topic for another day. Now that that’s done, let’s talk about plot. This might cause some hate, and I don’t care.
The plot itself isn’t the most unique thing. Don’t you dare comment yet. I never said that was a bad thing. Nothing, in my opinion, can be completely unique anymore because it’s all been done. But I think because we see similarities in Hunger Games in terms of like, oh, sending people to their death and only one comes out , that familiarity lets us understand it easier.
And also, this is supposed to be set in modern day Korea and treat it as realistic. So we’re not supposed to be creating a fantasy world. This this circle looks so bad some other similarities I saw were in money heist in terms of the jumpsuits, Saw with the plot itself. The closest resemblance I saw online was as the Gods Will, which is a Japanese film, and it uses childhood games as a death tournament. And they also have a death doll except the film it’s a daruma doll and the Squid game one.
.. I don’t know what it is. And obviously I didn’t talk while doing this part because this was difficult.
Here are some of the similarities, if you’re curious.
But once again, when I’m watching each show, I don’t see like, oh, they’re copying. They’re not going to pull a Gabbie Hanna and be like these three scenes out of the nine episodes are similar to this film, so therefore you all are the same and you’re copying. No, don’t do that. Nothing is completely unique. Now we’re going to do the Circle Triangle Square Connect it.
Connect it. Oh, my gosh. Oh, my God. Why is the triangle always the easiest? OK, this isn’t the best, but I’m not going to prove it anymore.
So that’s why you’re going to get in my opinion, the main driving force of the plot is the character development and the relationships we see. If we look at the plot itself, not much happens, right? Like Gi-hun needs money.
Oh, he gets a letter. Oh, we’re going to play the game.
There is someone else who is in the game who wants to uncover the secrets. The game ends. That’s basically all that happens with a bunch of stuff in between, obviously. So that’s why it doesn’t feel like nine episodes. It feels longer, even though some can literally.
I think Episode eight was 30 minutes. There’s always something going on. We’re never at ease while watching the show because it’s not supposed to be comfortable. So because the game strips away all their backgrounds, because everyone is basically equals. Now, we’re all in tracksuits.
And also, I’m noticing that this is Japanese and I’m sorry, this is the only green shirt I have. I’m trying. OK, this is me trying. Taylor Swift. Why do I do this before doing blush?
Oh, my God. Oh, my God. What was I saying? Oh, we get to see their personality start to come out because everything is stripped down.
Sae-byeok’s trust issues get challenged.
Gi-hun’s inability to make decisions and be on the offense for ones also gets challenged. We see Sang-woo’s true colors come out. And going back to Sae-byeok she actually makes a friend for once named Ji-yeong, who spoiler alert dies within two episodes of her arc. Yeah, I cried three times re watching it. If you didn’t get a little bit emotional during that.
I question your humanity, would you? You would win. Squid game wouldn’t you. Other side characters I haven’t mentioned Deok- DeokiSu. I’m so sorry for the pronunciation.
His ego gets questioned through another character, my favorite Han Mi-Nyeo Sang-woo starts off as a friend to Gi-hun and makes allies but eventually betrays all of them in order to get the best for himself.
Because you kind of have to do that. And while we know that, we still see him as the main antagonist, we forget about the actual antagonist, the front man who’s the cause for all of this. No, we care about you, Sangwoo. You betrayed your friend, Ali.
But what’s important is that their true colors don’t come out instantly. It’s gradual and we can see it develop. So for Sangwoo’s greed, at first We see he’s helping Gi-hun in the first game, which is red light, green light. If the doll turns around, you get shot and you die. And Gi-hun is so surprised by this that he just collapses because he’s not good at decision making and he gets overwhelmed easily.
However, Sungwoo tells them, if you don’t if you don’t step your bleep up, you’re going to die. He didn’t have to do that. He could have let him die easily, and that would have been a billion dollarss added to the piggy bank. But no, he’s still a human and they’re all new to the game.
By the second game.
We already see his strategy. So the game involves cutting out pieces in these sugar honeycombs. It’s called Dalgona in Korea. It’s not called candy, I’m pretty sure. But people keep calling it candy on tick tock.
Let me know if that’s true or not. I don’t keep up with that stupid app. And the four shapes were a triangle, a circle, an umbrella and a star. The hardest one is the umbrella, because you have to cut it out with a toothpick or as GI-hun figures out you can use sweat or your spit. But instead of helping, his group, Sang-woo says, oh, we’re not sure what the game is.
So maybe we should split up so we don’t put all our eggs in one basket, which is an analogy to stocks. What does Sang-woo do? Business. So it kind of makes sense for his character to say that, too. Gi-hun asks him, should I take the umbrella?
And he was like, are you sure about that? And he lets him.
The third game, they don’t know the game going into it, by the way. So they have to form a group of ten and they don’t know why. Sang-woo says, I think we should get all men, not old, not women, because we need to be the strongest.
So he basically leaves behind Il-nam, Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong However, they do end up on his team eventually. And you can see that he’s clearly upset by how weak their team is. But ironically, the reason they lived is because of I’l-nam He knew how to play tug of war because he did it a lot as a kid. By the fourth game, we see the loss of Sang-woo’s humanity because he has to betray Ali in order to win. Everyone is put into pairs and only one can live.
So Sang-woo tricks Ali in order to get ahead fifth game, he just straight up pushes someone off like, come on, man. The final game is between Gi-hun and Sangwoo. What do we expect? You know, they are rivals. From the beginning, they were polar opposites.
It only made sense for them to be put together. And going back to the offense defense. Gi-hun is always on the defense. He’s never initiated something for himself during this game, in his life in general. In this case, he is finally on the offense because spoiler alert, Sangwoo kills Sae-byeok And we were all upset by that.
But, you know, you have to do what you got to do to get ahead. Each game is a different day. So there were times where all the guards leave and anyone can kill each other, basically. So that’s when Sangwoo took his opportunity. And this is now where we’re going to get into my favorite topic, juxtaposition, slash irony.
if there’s anything you want to do to turn me on… in a show, calm down. It’s having a good juxtaposition and irony.
Word of the day is juxtaposition. I feel like the moment welearned that word, we just use it in our essays, they juxtaposed this and this, the plot is juxtaposed by blank. It is ironic when they do blink sometimes I hate it when they do it in shows because it’s like, oh, these are stereotypical tropes, but they still do it right in this show.
One of the first examples is their use of classical music. They typically play it when the most dramatic thing is happening, like in the first game.
The time was running out. They all have to run for their lives. What are we playing in the background? calm, classical music, just like this video. They also play Fly Me to the Moon.
It was a cover. What is it about these covers doing better than the original? This might be controversial, but like we saw this with Neon Genesis Evangelion, now we’re seeing with this these covers man. And while I do think playing classical music over the most dramatic parts of a show is overdone anywhere, it works in this case, because the music actually is integrated in the show. They play it when they wake up.
They play it after the game, they play it before the game. So I feel like they’re trying to immerse us a little bit more because that’s what they would hear during the game.
It’s like, oh, I’m trying to survive for my life. And they’re playing classical music, to use our Word of the Day. In a sentence, they juxtapose pastel colors and children’s games with death and Gore.
Obviously, we don’t assume the two should be next to each other, but the way they do it feels a little bit Black Mirror ish. That’s also overdone, too. I will give him that. It wasn’t the biggest thing I saw was like, wow, I love the way they juxtapose that, you know, there’s better examples. So I’m just going to list a bunch that are both ironic or juxtapose.
I’m not going to differentiate the two. They’re all intertwined together. In the past, Ali lost his fingers to his boss, but when he comes back to see him, he ends up making his boss lose those fingers to geon. Gi-hun who always felt in last place in life ends up being the last number in the game four fifty six.
My favorite episode of the show, episode six.
You’ll probably be like, what is wrong with you, Frederic? Why those who don’t know, oh my God, my bronzer episode six is the one where all our main characters die because it’s the pairing episode. However, in that episode, it’s the first time we see them in flattering light. Previously, we always see it in this greenish blue hue. And it’s very unsettling, to say the least, that lighting is not flattering on anyone because it makes us feel sickly, look sickly, gloomy, dark tones, basically, which is the show .
And that’s why it’s even weirder when we see all our favorite characters dying in golden light. They almost look beautiful while dying. And I think there’s a metaphor in there. And I want to talk about Ji-yeong in this, because we only see her in two episodes, yet she has such a significant impact.
Do you hear me?
make a character…Give me a significance, Riversdale. I’m going to talk about Sae-byeok’s relationship with Ji-Yeong towards the end, because people got some opinions on that.
But the point is, this is so important for Sae-byeok because it’s the first time she actually opens up to someone, tells her about her past and feels like she has a friend in this game and then they kill her off. And also, we see Sae-byeok cry for once. The only other time we see golden light is at the end after Gi-hun’s haircut, and it’s when he accepts his reality and starts to use his money.
So finding peace, I’d say actually maybe that’s why there’s golden light in episode six, because Ji-yeong finds peace with herself. She said, I can’t envision what I’m going to do with this money afterwards.
You have something you want to do. So I want you to have that. And maybe that’s her finding peace, which is why she’s in a golden light. That also happened with Il-nam I think, because he remembers his family for once after having dementia. Let me know why you think that’s golden light in that episode.
I personally think the main reason is because, oh, we want you to feel weird while seeing your favorite characters die. This is why y’all need to hide your faves. Also at the end, Gi-hun who is someone who always had to be helped, ends up having to help everyone. Sae-byeok told him, save my brother Sang-woo, told him, save my mother. Help them.
He’s not prepared for that. All the pressure is on him now. Life is not any better even after the game. The final thing I want to talk about for lighting is towards the end.
So spoiler alert, Il-Nam was the leader behind this game.
I think he was a VIP, but either way, he sponsored it and he gave the money to do the game. And at the end he meets up with Gi-hun And on his deathbed, we see that he’s in the light and John is in darkness. What does that say? Is it and I’m at peace probably because well he’s about to die and also the whole time he wanted to be in the game because he just wanted fun. He was tired of seeing it from the outside.
And I think because he was able to be in the game, it made him feel like a kid, because that’s the whole point, right, to have fun with those childhood games. That’s why the VIPs watch the games. It’s entertaining to them. So for Il-nam I think because he’s the oldest out of all the VIPs, he just wanted to feel youthful again, which is why he went in there.
And it also explains why he would find peace.
And Gi-hun hasn’t, because he’s still dealing with the fact that he won the game and didn’t want to go through any of this. Now onto my second favorite part of the show, foreshadowing. I’m just going to do my own definition. It’s giving hints to something that will happen later on in the show. The biggest one is that the games are always shown.
Everyone is like, we don’t know the games going into it. It’s always a secret, even for us. However, they’re shown the whole time in the bunker, so where they go to sleep, it’s always on the walls. But we don’t see that at first because it’s hidden behind the beds. And it’s only when they start fighting, they start making their own bunkers because we’re trying to kill each other a night that we see more signs of it.
And even towards the end, because there’s just less beds now because everyone’s dead. Deok- Deok-Su, Deok-So… OK, the thug jumped off a bridge and was eliminated from the game when he died in the glass bridge game.
This is a returning thing that happens, foreshadowing people’s deaths. It’s very common. Before Ali went back into the game because there was a period where they stopped the game. He stole money from his boss. So he’s technically a thief.
And how does he die? Because Sang-woo stole the marbles from him. Sae-byeok which has shown that she’s very good at a knife, almost kills a man with a knife. And how does she die by a knife? Sangwoo trigger warning!
!! By the way, we’re going to be talking about death by yourself when they first stop the games. he went back to his old place and he almost unalived himself in a suit while drenched. How does he die in the end?
By unaliving himself in a suit all drenched. Gi-hun obviously is the winner, never eliminated.
But when he said he would go into the games, he swore on his mother’s life. And when he returned home, his mother died. that’s messed up, man.
He also gave his daughter a miniature coffin box in the beginning as her present for her birthday. I didn’t remember this. I had to look this up. There was a gun that was a lighter. So that’s just an allusion to when someone dies, usually by gun, they’re put into the coffin box and set on fire in order to get rid of their corpses, make a plot.
You hear me? Yes, I’ve been watching AJayII. more In the games someone said, why is the playground so big? Why are the toys so big? And I think that’s just an analogy to how they feel small in the world, because, you know, they’re at their worst.
They’re in debt and they feel like nothing compared to other people. Also, it’s to make them feel small because the VIPs are watching over them and they’re almost treated like children. And maybe it’s because they just want them to feel like children, literally, because children are typically smaller. So we’re looking at the world bigger. And that’s also why they show children’s food and children’s games as the food they got was pretty bland in the first episode.
Gi-hun bets on horses because that’s how we gamble is it was a horse race. And in the end, they even admitted, they said, we treat you like the horses. In this case, Gi-hun becomes the horse and the VIPs become him because they’re betting on their lives. G-hun also wins four point five. Six million won in the gambling game, and in the end, he wins forty five point six billion.
I don’t know what it is with the four or five six.
It’s always his number. And I don’t know the significance behind it because I don’t know what four or five, six means. In Korea like. Is there a secret meaning behind it?
All I know is that the number four is hated in Asia in general. But if you do have a theory on what the meaning is behind that number, I’d love to know your thoughts. Just editing I totally forgot to talk about the biggest foreshadowing, which was.
Oh Il-nam They hint at him being part of the Squid game early on. So in his file, when the Korean person I forgot his name, the officer is trying to search through everyone.
Number 1 isn’t listed. It starts off as number two in the first game he smiles during red light, green light. He is laughing at the end. Only one doing it, by the way. At first we pass it off because it’s like, oh, he finds the joy in little thing because he’s, you know, an old man who’s going to die soon and dementia.
But then you later find out, oh, it’s because he wants to feel it, Joy. That’s why he’s in the game. The doll also doesn’t scan him. It scans around him. The other people, I mean.
He doesn’t even have a green outline during the fight at night. He is the one who ends it and says, I’m scared. Only after he says that do the squid game guards come in and stop the fight, because at that point, he was actually scared for his life and only they would listen to him when he dies.
They don’t show his death. Everyone else, they show their death but for him, It’s covered by a wall.
That’s all. Back to the video. Finally, with every show, we talk about symbolism and what is the biggest one? This and before we talk about it, I just want y’all to appreciate what I did for this. Look, I did my nails just for this.
Appreciate it. Give the video a like subscribe, maybe. I don’t know. Do something. So this has been confirmed by the director.
I’ve always said I don’t want to put in like theories that fans make because we never know if it’s intentional or not. We love to scrutinize, but, you know, not in this case. The logo always mentions the circle, the triangle and the square.
It’s also prevalent throughout the show because it’s what the people in jumpsuits are wearing. It all relates back to the Korean alphabet.
So the circle is the letter O, the triangle is part of the letter J. And the square is M. you put it together, it reads OGM, which is a shorter way of saying squid game in Korea, because in Korean it reads Ojingeo Geim Mm hmm. Ginkgo gum. I’m just going to say it’s that maybe I’m right in terms of the colors they use.
Green is prevalent for the tracksuits also in the hue that they use throughout the show.
And pink is what the jumpsuits are. I don’t care what y’all say. It’s pink, not red. I had this argument with Joey because he’s colorblind, so I’m not going to do it again with y’all.
Yes, I’m bringing a Photoshop just so we stop having this argument. All right. You see this? Do we see this? This is unedited.
I just got these pictures from the Internet. This is pink. This is also paying to see how it’s more magenta and not the same. OK. But another reason to think is pink is because in cinema and film, it’s often symbolized for innocence, youth, playfulness, happiness, something synonymous with childhood games and our childhood.
Unless you had a really bad childhood. If then, if so, I’m sorry. But they relate back to the games and how the VIPs treat this tournament, because it makes them feel happy and youthful and they feel innocent doing it.
Green, I feel like, was the second color they chose. They want it pink first because the greenish blue is the complementary color and putting complementary colors beside each other.
It’s the most contrasting and we want them to be the most opposite in this case, red and green, orange and blue, you know, all these different ones. So when you put them together, we have two differing sides. The gamers, the players, sorry. And then the jumpsuit people also, because they tell you that each player represents one billion won. I think is basically saying that’s human cash to us.
So I think that’s another reason they make them green, is to show that they are physical currency in the eyes of the VIPs. Their track suits also create tension because it’s a laid back outfit. It’s the most comfortable outfit you can think of, but they’re playing a vigorous, intense, stressful game. Oh, what’s that juxtaposition? Finally, this is also confirmed by the director in terms of Gi-hun’s hair.
He changes it to this bright red at the end. And it’s like, why that’s so left field, right.
It doesn’t feel like what he would do. The director said, I imagined myself in his shoes. What would be the most unexpected thing for Gi-hun to do?
Make his hair red, to symbolize his anger towards the game and how he feels internally at that point, because he’s not at peace yet. Finally, let’s talk about the controversies, because with every show, there’s some in the show, there is a card and you called the number in order to join the game. That number is a real number.
Why would you do that? I know in Hollywood they have five, five, five, or like there is some, you know, movie number that’s fake.
Who in their mind when? Hmm. Let’s not confirm that this number is real. It’s actually tied to a Korean woman and it’s their business number. And I think since the show happened, she’s been flooded with voice mails and calls.
And basically it’s ruining her business because you can’t access her actual calls that people want. So they try to compensate her by saying, we’ll pay you nine hundred dollars. This is US dollars, by the way, in order to change your number.
I think she deserves at least 9000, no, like a little more than that. Also, maybe we can do the best by showing support for her business.
So if I do find it, I’m going to show it here and link it. Obviously, I don’t know much because this is in Korea, but if anything, I would link the articles so you can read more about it. I think she deserves more. Know the show is number one, so let’s pay her a little more. Right.
Secondly, Netflix is now being sued. And I don’t know much about it, but basically squid game used up so much data. It’s causing trouble in the countries that they use for the data.
Then there’s the subtitling, which people have said is not accurate to the actual Korean language. And obviously things get mistranslated because nothing is the same.
That’s just the way languages work. So things can be misconstrued and the meaning can be lost. They change the meanings of some phrases so you don’t even understand it at all. Queer baiting in the show. I’m using quotes because I got opinions on this they show a relationship and I mean that as platonically between Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok, there’s some tension because Sae-byeok slams her against the wall because she’s angry.
She’s like, why did you give up the game? And some people are saying, why didn’t they makeout and why did they bait us with this? Why didn’t they just make him kiss? I think this is another symptom of us saying everything has to be labeled, because I’ve talked about this before. I don’t feel the need to label everything because that seems counterproductive to what the queer community is about.
There is no rush to label yourself. The point is, is that it’s a spectrum, yet everything is categorized. So it doesn’t make sense.
Also, does that mean nothing can be queer coded? What is the difference between queer coding and queer baiting at this point?
Because does it have to be Canon in order for it to feel queer to us? I don’t know. Point is, I think we all need to stop caring so much about wanting something to be canon You don’t know the director’s intention. Maybe he didn’t want them to be queer because, A, it doesn’t make sense for the plot. Is that better now to add in a random romantic relationship that doesn’t make sense for either of their personalities?
No, they knew each other for two days.
Goddmit, there’s not going to be a relationship in there so like, cut that out. I think queer baiting made sense back then when networks were too scared to openly call something queer and say gay, just even in the sentence. I think the definition needs to change because not everything should have a label on it. And also, is queer coding just a positive version of creating?
Because what is the difference technically? I also think that’s a symptom of ticktock, finding a word and then abusing it, because you all are just calling out everything as queer baiting now. Billie Eilish was queer baiting, and maybe I’m queer baiting. Who knows? It also negates the fact that two females can just be friends.
Do we forget about that? I’m back, beeches I’m here because I found some new things since filming it. Apparently the director did want them to explore the relationship between two women, because originally Ji-yeong was casted as a boy or meant to be a boy, and then he changed it. So, yes, gay rights. But also, I want to emphasize the point that people are more upset that they just didn’t kiss.
And my point is, why do they have to for you to feel like it’s queer? That’s all. It doesn’t make sense for any of those characters to kiss That is a Riverdale plot. You’re inserting in there. Also, I don’t think we have to sexualize every queer relationship.
We don’t know what he meant by the relationship between two women. It could be platonic, it could be romantic, it could be curious, questioning, who cares? It’s up for you to interpret. And finally, I think the people who are upset about it are just used to seeing a lot of queer representation compared to other people. And that’s a good thing.
I’m glad people can grow up not searching for going through the depths to find some representation. However, keep in mind the context of where the show was originally made and the culture behind it is not common to see a queer relationship in Asia in general.
I’m not saying there isn’t any queer representation in Korea. There’s some, but not to the extent of the U.S.
Also, it’s not legal in most Asian countries. I think the only one that’s legal is Taiwan. So this is still a big step for that show to even include them in general, because they didn’t have to. So to answer, that’s how this video is squid game really worth the hype? Yes.
Why is it popular? Because it’s a combination of Korean media becoming more popular in recent years, K-Drama having its way into Western culture. Netflix being the biggest streaming platform. Covid still being an option. So it’s an amalgamation of everything.
Did I like this show? Yes. Would I like a season two, of course, because that ending pissed me off. Just get on the plane. Help your daughter.
You know who the real victim is? The daughter. OK, not Gabbie Hanna, the daughter. Let me know what y’all thought about squid game and what I should review next, because there’s a lot of shows coming out lately. But before I did that, I went to *talking to Remi* Oh, he’s dreamy.
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