Everything About The New Netflix Hit Series, ‘Squid Game’
Andrew Parker - October 5, 2021

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

If you are a human on planet Earth right now, you probably heard of the New Netflix hit series, ‘Squid Game.’ Everyone and their mother is talking about this show. But what is so different about this particular one that has everyone obsessed? It grew in popularity in such a short amount of time and became a trending topic all over social media. There’s even a hashtag that was created on TikTok, #Squidgame, that’s been viewed more than 22.8 billion times. We all love coming home after a long day of work, cooking ourselves some dinner, and sitting down to watch some Netflix. But people can’t seem to get enough of ‘Squid Game.’ We decided to get to the bottom of it.

 

Man scrolling through Netflix on an apple iPad pro March 2020

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Not only is this show a Netflix hit, but it’s also the internet’s favorite show at the moment. This Korean thriller was released recently on September 17th, and according to co-CEO of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, it became Netflix’s biggest “non-English language show in the world. Flix Patrol, the statistics tracking website of major platforms, reported that ‘Squid Game’ is the number 1 show in countries all over the world, such as the U.S., the United Kingdom, and South Korea. Senior strategy analyst at Parrot Analytics, Julia Alexander, said this huge win for Netflix is “unprecedented”. She said, “I’m assuming that the executives knew because of the talent they used, because of the region they released it in, that this was going to be a hit in South Korea. I would put good money that the executives had no idea this was going to be a global hit.”

 

We don’t want to give too much away, but the show focuses on Seong Gi-Hun competing along with many others in a violent competition to win $38 million. There can only be one winner of the game, and anyone who loses in the children’s games pay with their lives. This show had no previous fan base, and it is unlike any show Netflix has ever put out. In a statement to Vulture, Bela Bajaria, Netflix’s global TV head explained, “People hear about it, people talk about it, people love it, and there’s a very social aspect to that, which does help grow the show outside of what we do.” Word of mouth is extremely powerful and in turn, it took the internet by storm, and of course, memes quickly followed. Another reason for the show’s popularity is the accessibility with subtitles in 37 languages. If you haven’t watched this show yet, get moving!