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Squid Game Review + New Podcast Announcement!

Dan Murrell
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224 Comments

  1. I thought the same thing when we didn’t see the old man die I felt like the show was building up to a moment with him so to not show the death didn’t add up at all! I’m gonna start calling it The Bucky Barnes Rule 😂

  2. This show absolutely deserves awards! There were multiple times I felt that throughout watching it. Great writing, performances, directing, and production.

  3. 8:30 I think it's a travesty to snub Jung Ho-yeon playing Kang Sae-byeok (the girl), and Heo Sung-tae as Jang Deok-su (the gangster). They were amazing too!
    Ho-yeon didn't get to play any crazy overacted scenes like Kim Joo-ryoung but her quiet stoicism and emotional intensity, especially in the last two episodes were incredible, and not just for a fashion model! Heo Sung-tae may be "just the bad guy" but his eye-acting and vicious energy made him a massive presence in the show.

  4. 1. One word to describe this show:

    INSANE

    2. It's crazy how this show, which had minimal marketing going into it before its release launch, is now considered to be Netflix's biggest hit series in its streaming history.

    Congratulations to it.

    3. If this show does indeed get renewed for Season 2, I will be watching opening weekend on Netflix.

    4. Congratulations on your podcast channel.

  5. Hey Dan, I'm big fan of your show. You should really check out Gyakkyō Burai Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor. This is an anime that is very similar to Squid Game and just as good if not better. There is also two Japanese live-action movies based on Kaiji, which are both also really good.

    It would be great to see you do a review on them.

  6. It's scary how much my opinion of Squid Game is exactly the same as Dan's

  7. I know you're not a horror guy, but the French series Marianne is a forgotten 1-season NetFlix masterpiece.

  8. I didn't like the bridge game much because going it wasn't as fair to all the players like the other games. Victory was just luck and trying to get lucky in the front would've been exponentially almost impossible.

  9. Dan, please review alice in Borderland. IMHO it's way better than this show.

  10. Don't know if I can actually take a 2nd season seriously, if they insist on carrying over from the finale a certain… aggressively picturesque hairdressing choice.

  11. Dan you should watch midnight mass!!!

  12. Do you have an audio engineer or do you do most of that work yourself?

  13. Gotta say Dan, I'm not too impressed with Squid Game so far. You're correct about the first episode… It's damn near perfect. The rest of it just isn't captivating me, though. It's basically like "Battle Royale" meets the 2012 horror film "Would You Rather?" which is a combination I thought I'd love. But I'd honestly rather just watch either of those two films. At least "Would You Rather?" has Jeffrey Combs and D'Angelo Barksdale. And Sasha Grey giving a career-best performance (in mainstream films, mind you…).
    I'm going to stick with it, though. I trust your word.

    And I'm stoked about all the podcast news! I'm much more of an audio format guy than I am video. You can't really multi-task very well with visual podcasts.

  14. I'm giving it a try… if it's anything like Schwarzenegger's Running Man sounds like something I might like.

  15. “Nobody is bad in this show”
    The actors who play the VIPs: “am I a joke to you?”

  16. Netflix regional content have always been great… 2nd to none.

    When 1st time seeing the old man… don't know why… it made me thinking of Gilliam and Mr. Wilford from Snowpiercer.

    Already suspected the old man from the 1st episode.

  17. please please hire an artist for like not even $50 to make cover art for your podcast, I love you and will always support you but I really recommend you update that 90s looking art. I can't do better myself, no hate, all love

  18. Squid Games Vs Alice In Borderland. Which is the better of 2?

  19. Saw your review. Watched episode one. WTF is Squid Game?!?!

  20. This show was insane. One of the craziest things I have watched in a long time along size American horror story.

  21. The English dub is comical. I couldn’t take the show seriously with it on, actually I stopped watching it because it didn’t match the acting.

  22. Fuck award shows. Make good shows period

  23. Spoiler warning! Great review Dan, but I really enjoyed episode 2 as it gives the players a choice to quit the game and not return, but now the players knowing what they are in for opt to go back. They know the cruel reality of what the game entails and yet they are willing to risk everything for money. They are not forced to be there anymore but more they know it's the lesser of two evils.

  24. Only thing I didn’t like was the cartoony nature of the vips. Took me out of the show but the rest was really good

  25. Hi Dan! You should check "Kingdom" and it's spin off in Netflix. Would love to hear your thought about this series that I really enjoy.

  26. Was not impressed, squid game sucks, waiting for a the real good show Mandalorian, Squid game first episode was lame, the first minute or two is appalling. No thank you will not watch this horrible tv show.

  27. I’m surprised what you said about episode 2 I absolutely loved that one.

  28. This sounds exactly like Kaiji (賭博黙示録カイジ) and has from everything I've heard about it. It is something that I won't be watching, because this kind of thing has no appeal to me, but this was a nice review to watch.

  29. I can see they can go as far as 3 seasons.
    Season 1 from the player perspective
    or
    SPOILER!! (dont read further)
    Season 2 roll back to the same time when gi hun first played, or 2015, when Detective Hwang brother first played, but from the pov of the guards/workers.
    Season 3 and finale, Detective Hwang and Gi Hun work together to infiltrate the game.

  30. Stoked for your podcasts. I subscribed before you even finished your explanation.

  31. Squid Game felt a little too long and drawn out. And I agree, for the whole show to be called Squid Game, and then the big finale is just them fighting with no attention at all put on the final game kind of ruins the whole thing. I still loved this show though.

  32. As far as I'm concerned, those elements you say could be trimmed to make the story tighter helped developing the world and the characters, and I believe those things are about as important as advancing the plot. Necessary? Maybe not. But I wouldn't have it trimmed away. Kinda like extra cheese on my burguer.

  33. At first I thought this show was heavily inspired by Kaiji but by the episode of the falling crystals I realized it was a Kaiji ripoff

  34. Please review the Netflix show Midnight Mass. I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

  35. lol I had to scroll A lot but I finally found the Alice in Borderlands fan.. anyway because people kept insisting on Twitter that Alice in Borderland was better, I had to check it out..

  36. This series was all about characters, which lets face it, is the most we can hope for in most things today. Story wise, unfortunately there were basically no surprises with plot reveals although the subplot with the organ harvesting was a really nice touch and added depth beyond the standard "ultra rich using human death as entertainment" trope. The identity of the host would might have been a surprise, but as the old man was basically the only really elderly person and he was "killed" off screen, it was pretty obvious as was the identity of Front Man as well, which was much more forced than it should have been. In general though, an enjoyable series.

  37. If you loved Squid Game and can’t wait for season 2, check out the Netflix Japanese show, Alice in Borderland. Very similar show in plot and quality!!

  38. I think some of the actors in the show are really strong. overall I enjoyed the show a lot and grew to love the main character towards the end.

  39. I think I'll pass I have seen many different Asian dramas, shows, movies that are a take on this concept so I am kinda bored by it. If you like squid games you should definitely try the Japanese drama series the Liar Game which doesn't have killing people but its about people desperate for money and they have to play games that test them both mental and physically. If you lose your debt gets even larger. There are many different games which will have you trying to solve them.

  40. I thought the same thing about the marbles episode but I was surprised how powerful it was when I rewatched it, even knowing what was going to happen.
    Episode 6 is a masterpiece. Hard for the episodes after to top that.

  41. Hey Dan, If it's still possible please bring all my movies back in the video format

  42. you should check out money heist on netflix, is entertaining, and i think it was the first of this netflix “foreigner” shows (spain) that managed to became number one globally. lupin also did it and now squid game.

  43. I like the organ episode…if a human being is worth 100mil as a commodity why wouldn't the workers try to make a quick buck off of dead bodies.

  44. So Squid Game is a bloodier version of Hunger Games? I'll pass then.

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