Perhaps the most interesting thing about this new rule for “Squid Game: The Challenge” is just how quickly it takes effect. In Episode 1, Dani and Kyle — contestants 134 and 101, respectively — are peeling potatoes for the dormitory’s mandated “chore time” when they receive a communiqué from the guards meant only for them. The two of them can anonymously make a decision about the other players. Either they can gift an advantage to a fellow player … or they can eliminate someone.
Dani and Kyle ultimately decide to eliminate someone (in fact, giving someone an advantage isn’t even really a topic of discussion between the two). After narrowing down a list of possibilities, they settle on player number 200, an affable character named Mothi, who they think is a little too friendly and thus could become direct competition. “I immediately feel awful,” Dani says in a confessional after the fact … before acknowledging that every person who’s eliminated adds to the ultimate cash prize. “However, it’s $10,000 added to the bank.”
The first five episodes of “Squid Game: The Challenge” feature other insidious dormitory challenges, like public votes and a pretty demented game involving pop-up music boxes, but this first one really illustrates how the players can use this new twist to their advantage. “Squid Game: The Challenge” is now available to stream on Netflix.