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Netflixs Squid Game spin-off slammed by fans for missing the point

Squid Game: The Challenge Official Teaser

The spin-off trailer for Netflix’s South Korean survival drama, Squid Game has finally landed but the streaming giants have been met with an overwhelming wave of criticism.

In 2021, the acclaimed series took viewers by storm as it followed a cash-strapped Seong Gi-hun (played by Lee Jung-jae) making a deadly decision for money.

While fans await the promised second instalment, Netflix is releasing its spin on the drama with a reality TV twist, Squid Game: The Challenge.

Much like the show, contestants will have to take on a series of intensified children’s games for the “biggest cash prize in reality show history,” totaling at $4,560,000.

Although fans will see real people take on similar tasks to Gi-hun without the promise of death, the trailer left many disgruntled.

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The clip offered a 50-second teaser of the series which gave a glimpse of the core elements of the show including the oversized ceramic doll during the Red-light, Green-light game.

Constants can also be seen wearing the green tracksuit which identifies each individual by a number.

However, an unimpressed @NicoleRosalena commented: “Netflix making a real squid game is sooooo gross.”

As @kitchen_j criticised: “This is the most tone-deaf thing I’ve ever seen in my life, I’m flabbergasted that anyone thought this was a reasonable idea.”

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While a confused @LuxeDolla questioned: “Um who asked for this.. I want season 2.”

@Codi_Vore slammed: “I think this is the most ironic response to the WGA and SAG strikes I can possibly imagine.”

As @CloverReginaWu added: “Insane how they completely missed the point of the original Squid Game but ok.” (sic)

Despite the backlash, other viewers shared their excitement including @manw2486 who posted: “Wow !! I’m looking forward to watching.#SquidGameTheChallenge.”

@thatzkia echoed: “The new squid games coming out in November and I’m excited for it I can’t wait!”

The logline reads: “Though the reality version of Squid Game isn’t a matter of life or death, there’s still a lot on the line.

“456 players will compete to win $4.56 million, the largest cash prize in reality television history.

“Through a series of games, each player will be pushed to their limits and forced to ask themselves just how far they’ll go to win, with opportunistic alliances, cutthroat strategies and timely betrayals to follow.”


Squid Game: The Challenge will premiere on Netflix on Wednesday, November 22.

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