32 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 (2x35min)
Formerly known as "Operation King" (공작왕, gong-jak-wang)
A smart con artist impersonates a prosecutor. He passed all the necessary exams, but never managed to get work in the legal profession.
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 31-32 2018/05/17
We open up with a scheme on Do-chan's part to trick Tae-woong into buying a fake diamond. What possible purpose this scam could serve was not made clear to me. Was the idea to deprive Tae-woong of funds so that he would be unable to mount an effective legal defense? Except that the big breakthrough in the case comes from Tae-woong's goons just arbitrarily deciding to turn state's evidence against their boss so,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 29-30 2018/05/16
Mr. Kim (played by Song Won-seok) is Tae-woong's right-hand man, and can usually be counted on to threaten people when Tae-woong himself is not available. Unfortunately Mr. Kim has never had much in the way of personality traits. Indeed, we know so little about Mr. Kim that attempts on the part of Joon-soo and Ha-ra to threaten him come off somewhat ambiguously. Before, when Tae-woong's associates were nabbed, their silence was assured by various extended implied blackmail,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 27-28 2018/05/10
As Tae-woong recuperates from his vigorous physical assault at Do-chan's hands, there's discussion of how alarming it is that this time, Do-chan was actually seriously going after Tae-woong. And yet Tae-woong recovers from his real injury about as quickly as he did from the fake one. And despite the implication being made that Tae-woong needs to take the situation more seriously, by and large the man just acts the same as he always did,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 25-26 2018/05/09
Tae-woong's status as a credible villain continues to plummet. The whole scheme involving his elaborate fake injury was bad enough. Tae-woong's schtick has been his ability to single-handedly run a room even when other people who technically outrank him are inside. Fake pity doesn't really work with that. Besides that issue Tae-woong's grudge with Do-chan has become increasingly petty and personal, such that Tae-woong no longer much acts like the leader of a criminal empire,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 23-24 2018/05/03
Do-chan and his dad finally meet up for the first time in ages- and with that, the two conspire to become an impeccably effective con artist team. Unfortunately there's very little follow-up to this. It's never completely clear how Mister Ppeong is going to be able to assist Do-chan when Do-chan already seems to be doing well enough on his own. This ignoring that Tae-woong has finally gotten suspicious enough about the relationship between Joon-soo and Do-chan to run some tests,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 21-22 2018/05/02
So Joon-soo was working with Do-chan all along. That's unavoidable, since Joon-soo is trying to cover up the fact that he's violently ill- a fact of which we are quickly reminded. Now Do-chan has to take up the mantle again, and pretend to be Joon-soo. While I can kind of get everyone at the office being accepting of Joon-soo's abrupt personality changes, Tae-woong's tacit acceptance of Joon-soo is starting to make the drama's chief villain come off as a lot less threatening than he used to be,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 19-20 2018/04/26
Joon-soo doesn't do anything all that helpful in regards to Do-chan's big egg heist. Do-chan's big egg heist doesn't really do much either, though. Do-chan just gets yet another opportunity to act really smug. There's a very episodic feel to the schemes lately. There aren't any long-term consequences, so it's difficult to feel very invested in the endings. Tae-woong's criminal enterprise still doesn't seem to be suffering very much in terms of structural consequences, considering how many of his underlings end up in jail,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 17-18 2018/04/25
The immediate question begged by Joon-soo's apparent betrayal is whether it's sincere. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth episodes, we are given every reason to believe that Joon-soo is indeed working against his prior motives of justice. Well, sort of. While Do-chan is fighting the good fight, he has no respect for the rules. Nominally this isn't a big deal. But remember that Joon-soo's entire authority for going after Tae-woong in the first place is that Tae-woong doesn't play by the rules,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 15-16 2018/04/19
In episode fifteen, we see Do-chan swagger in with a nice suit, completely in his element as the guy who is always running a con, to the point he'll even say so directly. Then, in episode sixteen, we see Tae-woong walk down the stairs in a typically loud brightly colored outfit, knowing full well that everyone takes orders from him and that's what matters. Here are two very different, yet equally effective ways of running a room,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 13-14 2018/04/18
The investigation has stalled here, mostly as a result of mutual disinterest. Ha-ra already has enough high-level crooks that there's not really much impetus to go chasing after any more right this minute. Meanwhile, Tae-woong has been so spooked by recent reversals he's decided to hold back. Well, not really. It turns out that Tae-woong has been running a pretty long con on Jeong-pil, which somewhat awkwardly puts the more publicly powerful man in the position of technical victim,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 11-12 2018/04/12
Do-chan's motivation is a mystery not just to Ha-ra, but also to his team of con artists. While there's no major conflict about this yet, I mostly just liked the moment where they're eating cheap pizza and talking about all the money they're going to get, while apparently unable to tell the difference between different kinds of premium cheap pizza. The con artists in "Switch - Change The World" are not a particularly discriminating lot when it comes to the finer things in life,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change The World" Episodes 9-10 2018/04/11
Right away there's a snag to Do-chan's brilliant deduction. He can't really explain where the idea came from. More importantly it's a bad idea for him to explain where the idea came from, because the main factor inhibiting the villains right now is that they're not sure how their criminal enterprise has been compromised. It was a nice touch, watching Ha-ra drag Do-chan away from the cameras since nearly anything he could say for a multitude of reasons could put them at a future disadvantage,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 7-8 2018/04/05
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,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Switch - Change the World" Episodes 3-4 2018/03/29
While Do-chan and his team may have initially felt ever so smart for having outwitted the cops, the victory proves pointless almost immediately. In addition to there being yet further interference from still another faction, it turns out that Ha-ra had a back-up plan in case Do-chan turned rogue. Naturally, she still feels the need to swear profusely that the con artist who her colleagues warned her against trusting in the first place ever so predictably tried to double cross the investigation,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Layers of Drama 2018/03/10
Faced with one very promising season in Dramaland, I take a little breather to remember that there are bigger problems out there than a drama schedule, and most of them have piled onto the characters of "Let's Watch the Sunset", which is looking mighty busy in the dramatic element department. We also have casting and drama announcements carrying hope for the near future,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Cohabitations and Holiday Creeps 2017/12/23
Trends, trends, trends everywhere! As we look to the holiday season and beyond, the dramas of 2018 pop around the corner to give us a glimpse of what the first season will be like. The latest trend is share houses and we have three shows coming up with the theme. "A Korean Odyssey" premieres today as well, so I am juggling my decisions and getting into the hype. Have a great holiday and drama season, folks,...More
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