News culture “The most captivating reality TV” Squid Game The Challenge on Netflix already critically acclaimed!
Published on 11/21/2023 at 7:07 p.m.
While the Korean series was a hit when it was broadcast on Netflix, Squid Game finally returns thanks to a reality TV show that takes up the basic concept (without the deadly aspect of course). If some could be circumspect, the reviews seem rather positive about this new project.
Squid Game returns to reality TV
Difficult to forget the phenomenon that was Squid Game when it is broadcast in September 2021 on Netflix. Thanks to its captivating concept, its striking characters and its gripping storyline, the Korean series has achieved the feat of breaking all audience records on the platform to become a true essential of the SVOD service alongside Stranger Things to name just one. While the public is only waiting for the arrival of the second season (still in production), the Squid Game license will indeed be back tomorrow thanks to a reality TV show.
Indeed, from November 22, 2023, you will be able to discover Squid Game The challenge directly on Netflix. This reality TV takes up the basic concept of the series, without pushing the candidates to die in the event of defeat of course. In other words, Squid Game Challenge offers you to follow no less than 456 authentic candidates as they try to play the games in the series. The winner will be able to leave with the tidy sum of 4.56 million dollarsmuch less than the amount expected in the series but still a record for this type of program.
The critics seem won over
At the time of the announcement of the reality TV based on the principle of Squid Game, many had expressed a certain restraint concerning the interest of the latter. Indeed, if the concept has proven itself as a work of fiction, it is difficult to imagine that it could be taken up in real life, especially by removing the deadly aspect (something obviously essential for such a concept to see the light of day). Worse still, making a reality TV with the concept of Squid Game would at best be a very cynical mise en abyme of the criticism of capitalism at the heart of the Korean series, at worst clear proof that the message of the fiction has not been understood.
However, certain specialized journalists were able to discover this reality TV in advance and the first reviews so far are very positive. According to The Guardian, the Squid Game series The Challenge would be “the most captivating reality TV since The Traitors”. As a reminder, The Traitors is another American reality TV show using the concept of Thiercelieux’s Werewolf, also adapted in France under the title “Les Traitors” and broadcast on M6. Entertainment Weekly, another famous American cultural magazine, also does not hesitate to praise this new reality TV:
Squid Game has no shortage of plot twists, and yet this one is surely the most impressive of all: with its eclectic candidates and inventive additions to the original series, Squid Game The Challenge manages to maintain palpable suspense and dramatic human exchanges without assassinating any candidate.
Regarding the entertaining side of the series, many critics agree that reality TV has won the bet. For the critique of capitalism, however, the latter are a little more mixed. If we listen to the opinion of Vulture magazine, the new Netflix production “uses the codes of modern reality TV to reproduce, in its very strange way, the themes of criticism of the capitalist system and its way of transforming human beings into grains of dust”. The Independent, on the other hand, is much more acerbic on this subject:
(The Squid Game reality show The Challenge) is too long, too exaggerated, and thinks she’s way smarter than she really is.
You will have understood, if you just want to see several hundred candidates having fun playing games to win a huge prize, there is a good chance that you will have exactly what you want to see when you put yourself in front of Squid Game The challenge. If you are looking to rediscover the criticism of the capitalist system central to the original series, on the other hand, All you have to do is try it for yourself to form your own opinion.
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