July 6, 2022

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Netflix misses the purpose of 'Squid Recreation,' greenlights actuality TV competitors spinoff

Do you wish to watch 456 gamers compete in twisted kids’s video games to be able to win cash? Then, you may watch South Korean mega-hit Squid Recreation and revel in its scorching commentary on capitalism and classism. Or you may watch Netflix totally miss the purpose of its greatest sequence, and tune in for the upcoming actuality competitors spinoff: Squid Recreation: The Problem.

The streaming service introduced that it might be turning its most-watched sequence of all time right into a actuality TV competitors. 456 gamers (the largest actuality competitors forged ever) will compete in Squid Recreation-inspired challenges for a $4.56 million prize (the biggest lump sum money prize ever), thereby making this the biggest actuality competitors ever.

Nevertheless, none of these reality-competition information can cowl up how ridiculous this idea is. Think about watching the Squid Recreation heroes risking their lives to claw their approach out of poverty, then going, “Hey, you already know these murderous dystopian dying traps that have been a cautionary story and one thing we should always by no means, ever replicate? What if we went and replicated them so as to earn more money?”

Netflix is fast to emphasize that the stakes for Squid Recreation: The Problem will not be life-and-death, like on Squid Recreation. In a press launch, the streaming studio states, “The stakes are excessive, however on this recreation, the worst destiny goes residence empty-handed.”

It is unclear what function Squid Recreation creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, has in Squid Recreation: The Problem. Netflix VP of unscripted and documentary sequence, Brandon Riegg advised THR, “We’re grateful for his help as we flip the fictional world into actuality on this huge competitors and social experiment.”

In the meantime, Netflix has just lately undergone rounds of main layoffs, gutting its animation studio and promotional weblog Tudum. The announcement that Netflix is now throwing money at content material like this, as an alternative of supporting workers or the numerous scripted exhibits they shut down, is a horrendous look — particularly while you do not forget that Squid Recreation pits folks in debt towards one another for the enjoyment of wealthy elites.

Come on, Netflix, learn the room!

It isn’t like we’re starved for Squid Recreation content material. The present has already been renewed for a second season. YouTuber Mr. Beast has already made Squid Recreation in actual life, and Saturday Evening Dwell gave it a rustic jam final yr. However content material is content material, child, and it is time to squeeze each final penny out of the piggy financial institution that’s Squid Recreation.

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