Netflix's popular show Squid Game has spawned a spin-off that is causing quite a stir. While the dystopian Korean drama was purely fictional, the spin-off took a different approach, filming on UK shores. The reality competition features 456 contestants battling for a massive cash prize.
Similar to Squid Game, the spin-off subjects participants to killer child-like challenges and necessitates the formation of alliances in order to succeed. Challenges such as Red Light, Green Light, Sugar Honeycombs, and Hopscotch will be featured, evoking memories of the original series.
The prize money for this spin-off is a staggering $4.56 million, tempting contestants to compete with great intensity. Although their lives are not in danger during the competition, the substantial amount of money up for grabs heightens the intensity.
A trailer for the show was released in October, announcing the premiere date as November 22. The 10-episode series will captivate viewers, beginning with an episode titled "Red Light, Green Light."
Among the 456 contestants, eight names have been revealed including Michael Van Wijk, Lee Taylor, and Theresa Sherron. However, three unidentified competitors have spoken out against the show, claiming that they were subjected to extreme cold weather while filming.
Controversy surrounds the Squid Game spin-off not only due to the alleged treatment of contestants but also because of Netflix's handling of the franchise. Fans have criticized the streaming giant for not adequately compensating the series creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, while also using the show to make extensive profits.
Critics argue that the creation of a reality game show based on Squid Game contradicts the original series' critique of capitalism. Some fans expressed disappointment that Netflix chose to produce a spin-off instead of a sequel to the beloved show.
Despite the mixed reactions, Squid Game: The Challenge is set to premiere on Netflix on November 22. Viewers eagerly anticipate whether the spin-off can capture the same level of intrigue and success as its predecessor.