When we last visited the Squid Game universe, 456 desperate souls battled to the death for the chance to win the 456 billion won cash prize.
Back then, the world wasn’t ready for the emotional ride that was Squid Game in which players were gunned down, slashed and fell to their deaths in their individualistic, self-serving attempts to escape their money troubles in the real world.
It has been two years since we last saw the signature green and white uniform of the players but fans are finally able to re-enter the games, albeit in a different way.
The reality show, Squid Game: The Challenge, borrowed heavily from its parent K-Drama to bring the real drama to life.
For those wondering, yes, many of the well-known games are back.
The players tried their hands at ddakji, carefully licked and prized their appointed shape out of their dalgona/ppopgi (a Korean honeycomb toffee shaped like a cookie) and endured the trials and tribulations of the infamous Red Light, Green Light race. A task that caused a whole heap of controversy.
It isn’t quite the sequel fans had been pleading for since Squid Game‘s season one finale but it’s a worthy consolation prize as viewers patiently wait for season two.
Especially with the addition of the new, tense challenges as well as fresh new ways to eliminate players, giving the franchise some extra intrigue while deepening the suspense.
That said, the key social/moral conundrum remained the same: ‘what are you willing to do for the chance to win a life-changing sum of money?’
Squid Game posed this question and then watched their players turn from frightened to constant to rabid challengers willing to backstab, deceive and ruthlessly kill for their prize.