The first five minutes of episode seven are a recap of "Switch - Change The World" so far along with the full cliffhanger from last time, now with an explanation. I can't decide whether the production team is trying to cut costs or if they really are that self-indulgent about how clever the turnabout was. It was a decent turnabout. Do-chan may not be a real prosecutor but he's definitely observant. But personally I'm more concerned about the ongoing effort to murder Joon-soo.
It's odd how extremely impersonal "Switch - Change The World" feels when you'd think Joon-soo would be taking the assassination attempt a little more personally. Not that I can blame this on the actor. After all, Jang Geun-suk is great as Do-chan. It's just strange that Do-chan has a bigger grudge against Tae-woong than Joon-soo does, when Do-chan's animosity is the result of an as far as we know completely unrelated backstory.
But already I'm wondering what exactly Joon-soo adds to the operation aside from his handy ability to prove that he is not a fraud. Incidentally, I like that absurdist backdrop with the prosecutor's office. There's just something so surreal about people accepting with a smile the fact that one of their co-workers very sincerely tried and failed to out the other as a fraud. Do-chan apparently intends to hold off uncomfortable questions indefinitely by just making social circumstances feel awkward.
Not just Joon-soo, but I'm also kind of wondering what Ha-ra is contributing- in part because her role is so tied up with Joon-soo. In terms of independent motivation, the main distinctive Ha-ra fact I know is that her grumpy mom thinks that she needs a boyfriend. The comment about finding good men at the prosectuor's office was a good unintentional laugh, considering that South Korea's recent culture-wide inquiry into workplace sexual harassment was kicked off by a complaint from a woman prosecutor.
As irrelevant and silly as that storyline is, it somehow manages to be more engaging than the actual main storyline. I think part of the problem is there's just not that much surprise. We already knew how the drugs were being transported, so it's no big revelation when Do-chan just goes up and does the same thing Tae-woong did a few episodes back. "Switch - Change The World" needs better twists. What's the point of having a con artist as the main character if we're not constantly being surprised?
Review by William Schwartz
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Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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