Switch: First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts

Jang Geun Suk is all grown up and starring in the legal doppelganger drama Switch.  No more flower boy roles for this actor.  He is now a flower man.  Come find out if his drama is worth watching or if it falls short of stellar as Kmuse shares her first impressions and unfiltered thoughts.

I am a huge fan of Jang Geun Suk but his last few dramas have not been all that I had hoped they would be.  So I was really praying that his latest attempt at a drama comeback would hit the right note.  And while I can’t say the show is perfect, Jang Geun Suk’s performance has been top notch.

He plays con-man So Do Chan.  A charming scam artist who has a marshmallow heart and is always helping those with a sob story.  Just so happens that Do Chan looks exactly like uptight prosecutor Baek Joon Soo who is currently in a coma after a thwarted murder attempt by the bad guys he is investigating.  Joon Soo’s junior prosecutor, Oh Ha Ra, blackmails Do Chan into taking the injured prosecutor’s place until her sunbae wakes from the coma.  Hijinks ensue.

We have good chemistry between Jang Geun Suk & Han Ye Ri. I personally think that Jang Geun Suk works better when he has a solid actress playing opposite him. More often than not he gets the current “It” girl regardless of whether they actually have any type of talent or chemistry. So it is nice watching him play opposite an actress that is equal to him in talent. I also appreciate that we often see the serious personality hidden behind the charming scammer. I hate when Jang Geun Suk is forced to be just a pretty face and not highlight his talent for dramatic moments.

Sadly, we now have to talk about the weaker aspects of the show. Many of you know that I am not a fan of dumbed down prosecutors/cop shows. While I wouldn’t say that this one is the worst I have seen, I would put it firmly in the middle of the pile. The legal aspects of the show are very simplistic; at least after the first four episodes. Also, the bad guys are pretty typical, generic rich cooperations who are trying to be greedy. Nothing really stands out at this point but there have been slight hints that there is more going on than we see. I guess we will just have to watch more to see how it all pans out.

After watching the first week I have been hooked. Both the leads are very enjoyable and I could listen to Jang Guen Suk talk for hours. His voice is so beautiful. The storytelling is solid and, while it could have been better, the quality of acting offsets a lot of the negatives. So go check out Switch on Viki and come back and let us know your initial impressions.

Til next time,

Kmuse of Dramas With a Side of Kimchi

3 thoughts on “Switch: First Impressions and Unfiltered Thoughts

  1. I hate it when Jang Geun Suk is supposed to just be the pretty boy, cause he’s NOT a pretty boy to me! He falls too much in that Japanese aesthetic for my tastes.
    But he’s got a lovely smile, a gorgeous VOICE (speaking and singing) and he can act. Great actor. I’ve loved his performances in everything, even that montrosity Bel Ami (I cannot bring myself to call it anything else).
    His talent shines in this – I’m loving it! I really have a weakness for conman stories and so far this is priceless 😀

  2. lol, must check this out now that he is a flower man. I also have a weakness for conman stories. Wonder if the doppelganger is a long lost twin.

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