Have you ever wondered why survival shows and the idea of watching challenging situations unfold for its participants (read: victims) are so popular?
A person stranded in the middle of nowhere with no food or shelter; strangers grouped together and put through a 'social experiment' before being eliminated one by one (sometimes through audience votes); contestants having to complete both mental and physical demands to earn their escape (or in some cases, money)—it's safe to say that we've seen them in almost every shape or form.
It’s absolutely engrossing as we watch characters overcome hurdles and try to find strength in themselves. The best survival shows engage us and often times, unknowingly consume us as we wonder what'll happen next and what'll become of them. Check out some survival-themed titles on Netflix that'll keep you at the edge of your seat, guessing until the very end.
Squid Game is a unique series in that the 456 participants willingly sign up to compete in games for a 45.6 billion Korean won (about RM1.5 billion) prize. While most survival shows feature situations where individuals are pitted against unwanted circumstances, the case is very different for Squid Game.
The players are unaware of the deadly cost of losing at first, but things change with each game. With the participants playing childhood games to stay alive and win, you won’t be able to stop watching as they face unknown obstacles. Don’t let the childhood games fool you; this series is gritty and shows the dark side of human nature in a most entertaining way.
Stream Squid Game on Netflix.