Why “THE VENT SCENE” makes sense | Squid Game S1E3 (analysis)

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0:00 Intro
4:34 Why ‘the vent scene’ makes sense
9:50 The different types of bureaucrats in Squid Game
15:06 Hierarchies & knowledge explained

📍Featured content:
Squid Game (오징어 게임) – S1E3 (The Man With the Umbrella)
Director: Hwang Dong-hyuk (황동혁)

“An der schönen, blauen Donau”, Op. 314 [“By the Beautiful Blue Danube”], or “The Blue Danube”
Composer: Johann Strauss II
Date of composition: 1866
Source: European Archives (public domain)

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: III. Anitras dans (Anitra’s Dance)
Composer: Edvard Grieg
Date of composition: 1876
Source: Naxos Digital Services US, Inc (on behalf of Naxos); Kobalt Music Publishing, Wise Music Group, Warner Chappell, and 4 music rights societies (public domain)

Suite bergamasque, CD 82, L. 75: III. Clair de lune
Composer: Claude Debussy
Date of composition: 1890-1905
Source: WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Classics); LatinAutorPerf, Kobalt Music Publishing, Reservoir Media (Publishing), Public Domain Compositions, Sony ATV Publishing, and 10 music rights societies (public domain)

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  1. Advice : move a bit away from the mic because your mouth sounds can and will trigger people with misphonia.

    Nice video anyway

  2. Really enjoyed this! You have very pleasant voice also. ty

  3. LOVED this analysis so much! It really reflects what I feel about Squid game, but even more than that, it elaborates on it!🥺🥺🥺🥺♥♥💘💖

  4. For some reason, I find your voice different when you explain Squid Games.

  5. people think the vent scene is a plot joke mostly because of the screw. after she gets out and the camera moves to the vent it shows a screw that’s not screwed back all the way. they think it’s a hole bc they wanted something else to happen with the vent, like the squares to see it/ someone else going in. well i think they only showed the screw to show how fast she had to get out of the vent, just to show how they almost got caught.

  6. I love your voice. I could listen to you all day long! And the analysis is the best i've watched so far!

  7. What a fantastic analysis! Very nicely presented. 

    [You also have a lovely accent. So nice to listen to.]

  8. Your voice is so delicate and beautiful. I was so happy to see that you’re a pretty black girl like me.

  9. I never knew anyone saw that as a plot hole. Maybe people are too used to more obvious pay-offs whenever a character does something risky. Perhaps it felt off that Sae-byeok went into the vents and didn't find anything shocking or her intel wasn't used more efficiently. But I agree with you that it actually works very well in showing all the mechanisms that the show portrays. I loved how she didn't benefit from it directly, she just brought in a random tidbit of information that wasn't immediately useful, but the fact that it was added to the information pool bore some fruit in the end.

  10. When it cut to a clip of your face the first thing that came to my mind was how BEAUTIFUL u are !!!

  11. I thought it was insanely fitting how Cho Sang Woo worked in the financial industry. The financial industry is filled with insane rules upon rules and numerous tedious processes. And yet, for all the "structure" and "processes," the big bankers and hedge fund managers (with a few exceptions) still get away with gaming it, no pun intended.

    Thus, Sang Woo is perfectly adept at figuring out real quickly what the rules of his system are and which ones he can break or work around without getting bitten by it. I don't see the guy as evil, just as a really intelligent, calculating guy that's trying to survive in a merciless system.

  12. this idea is a much more obvious one, but one that makes a lot more sense to me. the entire point of squid game i believe is to show that the given strategy isn't the only one. to show that survival in the squid games needs you to find loop holes, needs you to realize which rules are real and which ones are the ones your mind made up.

    with the honeycomb candies comes a needle, but no part of the rules did it say to use the needle. the rules only state to remove the shape from the rest of the candy. but because the needle is given, people automatically assumed they needed to use the needle to remove it. ali is a perfect example. he doesn't use the needle, he just breaks off pieces bit by bit. because he didn't quite understand the game itself, and he only understood the rules, he didn't know he was supposed to use the needle. but that's the best strategy. he makes no assumptions, he makes no inferences. this is what kept him alive in this game. another obvious example is the whole plot of this episode. gi-hun choosing to lick the candy instead of continuing to use the needle is this example.

    the marble game is the less obvious one. the rules say to take the 10 marbles from your partner, without using violence. however, everyone assumes you need all twenty. even sang-woo, who is objectively the best at finding such loopholes, doesn't find this one, because of the previous events. everyone automatically assumes someone will die each round, that not all of them can survive. if this loophole wouldve meant no one would have to die, and that just doesnt make sense. no one had to die in red light green light, no one had to die in honeycomb, and no one had to die in marbles. technically, no one had to die in the glass bridge, but the chance of that happening was out of everyone's control. but because people did die, it became cemented in people's minds that only one person will come out alive. the rules said anyone who completes all six games gets the money. not *the one*.

    society has cemented ideas inside our heads of what we need to survive. these "rules" are what we use to make assumptions. these assumptions create this one way route to a good life. to know that a different route exists doesn't break any rules, only the illusion.

  13. Such a unique perspective – very applicable

  14. Its pretty much impossible for it to be fair when no people are the exact same. Simply knowing more than another person is an advantage. By “fair” he meant providing everyone with the same resources (or trying at least) but Gender, strength, knowledge etc etc makes it impossible.

  15. This deserves so much more attention! Brilliant analysis!

    Off-topic: You are so beautiful _ and you have a beautiful tone and style that really complimented the video. <3

  16. This video made me want to quit my job lol

  17. I am surprised people thought the vent scene was unnecessary. I thought it fit very well and moved the story forward in many ways. Without Sae Byeok's little adventure and her willingness to share her findings, Cho Sang Woo wouldn't have figured out what the game was. And yet he didn't pass on the favor by sharing his thoughts about the next game. How convenient. I guess he felt that he was returning the favor by subtly prodding her to copy his choice.

  18. By the way, your videos are wonderful. I love your analysis of Squid Game, especially!

  19. I’m curious as to why Sang Woo changes from Perfect Bureaucrat to flawed one when he sacrificed himself at the end.

  20. I love her voice. She should be a audio book narrator.

  21. No pressure, but when's your video essay on Episode 4 coming? 🙂

  22. This is the first show that gave me an insight on Korean names and I must say I find them really fascinating! I want a Korean name

  23. Nope you too beautiful to understand these A Z memorised.

  24. I love your analysis of this show Kidology! I’m watching them after each episode. I studied theology but am very interested in political theory too. I hadn’t heard much about Weber and bureaucracy before this: are there any intro books you would recommend? Would love for a reading list if you feel like making one to accompany this mini series! Love to you x

  25. Yes, Sae-Byeok went into the vent and later told Sang-Woo that they were melting sugar. What most people, including myself missed that Sae-Byeok was following Sang-Woo when he decided to choose the triangle. By herself Sae-Byeok was not able to interpret what she saw in a useful way, because she grew up in North and had no idea what to expect. But because she tells Sang-woo and he makes the right decision swiftly, both were able to pick up the easiest shape. Brilliant catch.

  26. why do you say "zee" instead of "zet"???

  27. I never thought about the show like this before since I'm not familiar (nor educated enough) on the topic of bureaucracy. Insightful analysis, thank you.

  28. T.I.L pounding a mug of sleepytime tea, then cozzying up in my chair to watch this was a uniquely chill experience. Nice.

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