There was something comfortable about watching Switch. It felt a little like coming home, which is odd to say about a drama that was full of twists. I reminded me, forcibly, of USA Network’s White Collar and TNT’s Leverage. All three shows drew me in because of the characters with contrasting moral codes, the unexpected plots, and the likable ensembles.
For a reminder, Switch’s plot synopsis from MyDramaList: “Scam a thousand dollars, and you are a thief. If the amount becomes a billion, you are a financier. Break a small promise, you become a conman. If you betray the trust of millions of people, you are a politician. If the law cannot punish those who have wronged thousands of lives, what can we do about it? In a society without righteousness, there needs to be a drastic measure taken in order to catch the bad guys. An eye for an eye, and a conman for a conman. Oh Ha Ra, a young prosecutor, meets a man who looks exactly like her senior prosecutor, Baek Joon Soo. While looking for a double to replace Joon Soo, she meets an unordinary man named Sa Do Chan. Do Chan, a genius conman, puts his skills to use in order to catch the bad guys who know their ways around the law.”
I love the idea of using a thief’s greed against him to take him down. The obstacles arise when the thief is clever and well-connected, as was Geum Tae Woong, the villain of Switch. Played far too well by Jung Woong In (I WANT LIEUTENANT PAENG BACK, DANG IT), he was the source of so much frustration and stress for our troubled trio: Baek Soon Joo (the prosecutor), Oh Ha Ra (the other prosecutor) and Sa Do Chan (the conman).
Baek Soon Joo and Sa Do Chan were ably played by Jang Geun Suk, and he did an excellent job of differentiating the two, and blending them as needed when they were pulling a switch. I was highly, highly impressed with his abilities, and you can be sure that I will be going back to watch his past dramas.
Oh Ha Ra was played so well by Han Ye Ri. She was cold and strong when she needed to be, warm around her family, and never helpless. Pocket-sized, yes. Helpless, no. This character was such a change from the withdrawn workaholic student she played in Age of Youth! Again, I was impressed with her abilities.
The plot itself was tightly crafted. There were a few absolutely jaw-dropping moments, several times when I wanted to punch Geum Tae Woong myself, and some great laughs. I think that Switch, like Healer, would make a great gateway drama for the incoming kdrama fan.
Karie the Maknae
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