‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3 Nods to Netflix’s Best K-Drama
Not even I have never Season 3 is blind to the fame of squid game. While the Netflix series is about the ongoing teenage drama of Devi and her relationship with Paxton, there are downtimes. It’s no surprise that the most popular K-drama stream on Netflix is also a staple for Devi and her family.
[WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Never Have I Ever Season 3.]
Devi And Her Grandma Spend A Night Watching ‘Squid Game’ In ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3
In the last episode of I have never Season 3, Devi is fine. While she’s recovered from her relationship with Paxton and gone on a little fling with Des, she’s back on her feet for now. While enjoying an evening with his grandmother, they watch one of the most talked about series to come out on Netflix.
I have never Season 3 makes a shout out to squid game. Devi’s grandmother exclaims, “If they kill the Indian character, I’m writing Netflix.” Fans of the K-drama know that she refers to player 199 Ali Abdul, played by Indian actor Anupam Tripathi. The character has resonated with fans as the only character of color in K-drama. He told the story of immigrants to South Korea.
Comically, Devi got the message from squid game and explained: “I think the whole point of Squid Game it’s that a lot of people have to die. Devi isn’t far behind as the K-drama is about a broken capitalist society told through the elite’s heinous games where 456 players play childhood games to win a grand prize. Not winning a round means a less than desirable death.
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‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 3 Makes More Pop Culture and Culture References
Outraged Squid game, I never Season 3 subtly slips into a few other references that fans will be familiar with. In all eight episodes, Devi tries to get her family out of the house to spend time alone with Des. His plan involved using Shen Yun tickets that his teacher didn’t want.
Fans have probably seen a Shen Yun advertisement here or there on bus stops, advertisements, etc. According the official website, “He performs classical Chinese dance, ethnic and folk dance, and story-based dance, with orchestral accompaniment and solo artists. For 5,000 years, divine culture has flourished in the land of China.
I have never Season 3 also references another hit series from Netflix, Bridgerton. Devi explains that the school has its own Lady Whistledown who posts TikTok videos about the latest gossip. During her therapy session, Devi also mentions Olivia Rodriguez.
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‘Squid Game’ changed the tide of K-dramas globally
Before squid game, South Korea’s Hallyu wave has skyrocketed K-dramas, K-Pop and K content globally. Over the years, many K-dramas have been considered top and classic, from Crash Landing on You Hospital Playlist, and more. Whereas squid game managed to grab global attention, it’s not the first and highest rated K-drama in history.
But the Netflix drama has broken down barriers that no other drama has been able to accomplish. It’s the first K-drama to earn Hollywood recognition, from SAG Award wins to the first non-English series to be nominated in 14 Emmy categories.
squid game shed light on South Korean entertainment and has since helped other dramas gain a larger fan base. Since its debut in 2021, Netflix has invested in K-dramas with a long list of original works. It’s no surprise that Netflix also has the ability to include squid game in I have never Season 3.
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