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Author: Mamacri from ECI
Photo credit: SBS
SWITCH: CHANGE THE WORLD
Finally the day has arrived for the world to meet up with Jang Keun Suk in his double role in Switch as Beak Jon Soo a serious prosecutor and Sa Do Chan who became a conman due to his circumstances… They are the spitting image of each other…
The start of the drama… with the action packed music… and our man standing on a boat heading up to an island is already very promising. My heart starts to raise.. ready to go into full gear.
I wonder who he is… BEAK JUN SOO or SA DO CHAN…
Close up shows us his name tag… Beak Jun Soo… going in for a bust… or is it Sa Do Chan hmmm has he already switch to replace Beak Jun Soo… But maybe the “headline” should have said it all…?
We hear our man says : This is the problem with Korean prosecutors. They are blinded by their ambition that they only care about big cases, they aren’t interested in arresting con artists. Everyone is gambling away their money over there… Where are all the prosecutors??
Hence, my presence here…right? The prosecution is the problem!
(Note: Korea has very strict laws concerning gambling, read here.)
Then it cuts into the illegal gambling house filled with people sinfully gambling and drinking away. The boot reach the island,.. in a sexily decisive manner the prosecutor walks up to the house… to find big strong men blocking their way asking who they are… OMG… such a faint moment…
We are from the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office, we heard that there is illegal gambling going on here. Well you must have been mistaken for our boss is having an important meeting with his friends… than a shot was fired!!..
Do rich people talk with pistols?… Our prosecutor is soooo cool!
The prosecutor gives the order to move in… When our prosecutor steps in concluding… Murder on top of illegal gambling… Arrest them all… So macho!!
The scene inside is action packed.. and we see some rats fleeing the scene.
and I thought… ok what now.. when his “agent” who was chasing the rats came in to report that the bad men fled… Our Prosecutor got mad.. said.. You lost them? Yes, they took the boat and went far away.. Far away? …then they won’t come back?! And both the prosecutor and the agent start smiling… Okay the guests are gone!!.. The mood changes all of a sudden when a party like music start to play and all people start clapping and laughing… it became clear it was a heist rather than a bust… It was Beak Jun Soo switch back to Sa Do Chan… masterly!!! This was so fast, the changing of scene and mood… like turning a page.. amazing!
(button: A con term for a fake raid, sending away the target)
(Setting: A pre-planned scenario)
This is how trouble looks like!! $ 3,000,000 OF THEM!!
In this way Sa Do Chan and his gang were introduced…
the music reminded me of the Pink Panther… hahaha
This setup was very surprising.. I really had no idea what to think or expect… where real ended and fake started & vice versa…
Then the scene cut into a long quiet road draped against the mountainside with the sea on one side… the real Beak Joon Soo… a serious, sedate looking and responsible young man on his way back to the city.
While he is on the phone with his Chief Prosecutor telling him about a secret meeting he was to have he suddenly find himself being chased by a big truck, the driver is frantically pushing the horns and flashing his lights… such a nerve wreaking scene… First BJS was calm but when the truck shows no sign of slowing down nor intended to pass by, not knowing what to expect and how to react… shows us a BJS as not one who breaks rules… finally the truck drove passed BJS and we see his face relax a bit… but THEN… out of nowhere another truck came from the other side and BOOMMMM slams into BJS’s car so hard causing it to plunge into the sea… this scene gave me quite a shock!!!! It made me cry a bit…
BJS got hurt really bad, he manages to leave the car fighting to get out of the water he barely reaches the shore.. then he loses consciousness… OMO… This can’t be good 🙁
What will happen with the secret meeting he was supposed the have?
Like this Beak Joon Soo was introduced… and taken out at the same time.. Ottoke
A Con Artist’s heart beats slowly?
Some weirdo is playing with a pocket knife wielding it to several scared ladies who he thought were looking at his IT (hahahaha)… amidst this consternation out comes a little woman totally unaffected by the man and his knife.. taking charge!!! This tells me she is a spunky little prosecutor… of the powerpuff girls kind.
With a few quick words and even quicker actions she takes him down…
I hope she is one who has good sense for estimation… we don’t want her to measure our boy to come short LOL… poor guy
A swirling introduction to the female Prosecutor Oh Ha Ra.. She is one passionate cookie at her work… and not afraid of action!!
While she is busy tying up the man she gets a phone call with shocking news.. She hurries to the office where the Chief Prosecutor tells her of the horrifying accident of Baek Joon Soo which left him unconscious… and both are in a slight panic… What are we going to do? In this way the Chief prosecutor was introduced… so BJS must have been tied into a very important case… slight panic became a bigger panic!!!
Kandinsky?… art lover… O NO… One of the bad guys… Geum Tae Woong… one of those who earned money with their business and a lot more money by doing shady, crooked things at the side.. living the good life, socially accepted with a mask on of “I’m a good guy, I’m a soft art lover.. Such a wolf in sheep’s clothes!! Look at that face… archhhhhhhhh
Like this the “bad guy” was introduced.
Meanwhile Oh Ha Ra and the Chief Prosecutor Yang Ji Soong are on their way to see BJS. When they see the bad shape BJS is in they come to understand that the situation is all but rosy. They can’t report the accident because of certain difficult circumstances… I get the feeling things don’t sit right in the prosecutor’s office or links to that. They decide to move him to a secret place cause if the perpetrators are to find out BJS is still alive they will surely try to kill him again.
Nam Seung Tae who was the secret meet up with BJS calls on BJS’s phone. Oh Ha Ra picks up the phone and tells him that BJS got a accident and if they could meet but Nam Seung Tae doesn’t want to meet anyone BUT Beak Joon Soo. This man is now a very important link in the whole story.. Houston we have ANOTHER problem!!!…
After spending a long time thinking Oh Ha Ra gets the brilliant idea to look for a double ganger to meet up with the witness and get some evidence and off she went to search the databases.
Meanwhile Sa Do Chan was in deliberation…
SDC who came back from another con job as pilot is welcomed by Jeon In Tae with some footage from a year ago. We get to see Beak Joon Soo holding a press release about a Diplomat charged with smuggling drugs who committed suicide… Well That is a huge problem Houston!!!!
And the problem became clear to all..
So it was time for Sa Do Chan to give up impersonating Prosecutor Beak Joon Soo.. for the fire became just too hot.
Little did he know!!!
Meanwhile the rats who fled from the island come to the conclusion that they had been conned.
The rats leader Jo Sung Doo gave orders to his man to start looking for the con man who lifted them from the $ 3,000,000. They desperately need to regain the money otherwise their necks will be on the chopping block…
The rats caught up with SDC and gang at the ferry, insisting him to assure them that he was a prosecutor who raided them and that they were not conned. Really hahahaha
SDC decides to brings them to the Prosecutor’s office to prove his “innocence” He calls his gang for a Setting.. acting he was talking to the Prosecutor’s office..
When he arrives at the Prosecutor’s office SDC gets a flashback… 6 year ago he was at the brink of doing his bar exams.. while standing on the doorstep to become a prosecutor he gets a phone call of Mr. Bong which changed the course of history. Something happened which took away his dreams.. to become a prosecutor.. The twist and turns of live can be so bittersweet at times… my heart aches for you.. the disappointment in his eyes. I can’t wait to find out what the reason was..
When SDC gives his gang a call he finds out that they got into a car accident and could not make the setting. Then he decided to go ahead on his own.. Charging up the stairs with the rats behind him.
When he charged into the Prosecutor’s office… he was so sexy… the music and the slow motion.. WOWWWW…
I must confess… all the slow motion is making me go wild… and when he starts to citing the law.. I’m almost sure JKS himself has an IQ of 168… There we meet our Do S prince!! Totally the BOSS..
I fainted here seriously!!!!
When inside he shows them some tricks and says.. well here we are… you see.. but Jo Sung Do was still not convinced.. then SDC started to recite a lot of laws the rats had broken.. if they wanted to be charged with it… I give you the chance to get away at the count of three…
The rats got a shock that he could recite all those laws…!!
The rat Jo Sung Doo’s mouth felt open but we have to wild guess if it was because of full admiration for Sa Do Chan’s knowledge of the law… or because of the penalties he was risking LOL
The Rats were hard to convince.. wouldn’t you? for $ 3,000,000 ???!…
so he starts the countdown Hana.. Dul.. Ses… this brings back sweet Love Rain memories <3
As if like an angel send from heaven… out came Oh Ha Ra running up to him like the wind… to his rescue?…
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
We got to see how and why Oh Ha Ra came flying around SDC’s neck and knew his name… all premeditated… I love the way he talks… can listen to him talk endlessly.
Episode starts when SDC‘s friends finally reach the Prosecutor’s office only to see the whole gang of rats running out.. he… looks like he solved it himself says So Eun Ji… little do they know that the boss just locked himself into the lion’s den!
Meanwhile SDC now in the role of BJS into the office with Oh Ha Ra… He starts to sweet talk her by proclaiming that she has gotten so pretty since the last time they met and that they must have at least a meal when they meet again… such a liar whahahaha
Only went he wants to get out and the doors don’t open… and Oh Ha Ra says.. they don’t open right?!.. he says no.. they don’t… as she comes closer SDC gets a bit of a shock and starts to stand in hands up position a crook’s position hahahaha… I thought she is going to arrest him… now?.. but NO!!! She starts to touch him up…
OMGGGG… that sweet grasp of air and the moan sigh that comes from his lips is earth shattering and sounds like music in eel’s ear and I’m sure ALL eels will watch this scene over and over and over again… It was just orgasmic of the third kind… we are that Do S
But how dirty our minds are… all Oh Ha Ra wanted was confiscating his phone…
She takes and thanks him for his phone saying “It’s truly great to see you… SA DO CHAN … such a shocker!!”
SDC’s changing of expressions is priceless.. HOW THE HELL DOES SHE KNOWS MY REAL NAME!!!! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!
For the first time in his life SDC got himself into the interrogation room, Oh Ha Ra telling him to overthink all his illegal acts and leaves him with his thoughts…
We get to see how Oh Ha Ra found the man she needed for her plans and how she put things in acting.. who is conning who LOL…
Oh Ha Ra tries to get her Chief to agree with her plans but he gets cold feet and left it to her… well she gets all worked up when she tries all ways to frame him into become the double ganger of Beak Jun Soo… but the con man Sa Do Chan tries to figure out the situation as he is he tries to talk his way out.
Simulacrum… is an artificial object made to look real when it does not exist in real life. However, it is not in fact hiding the truth… He is selling Oh Ha Ra his “gibberish” LOL
SO LET’S MAKE A DEAL!!
WHAT?! When he found out what it was that she wanted him to do even he was perplexed..
She gave him little choice but to cooperate for once..
He gets to meet up with the secret date a guy named Nam Seung Tae as Beak Jun Soo to retrieve something from him..
Except Nam Seung Tae instead decided not to give the evidence but give him info of where to find it.
Spain Cultural Center…. Mission NOT accomplished…yet!
Since the evidence was not retrieved this time.. and Beak Joon Soo was not likely to get up anytime soon the prosecutors needed Sa Do Chan to have another go..
This was not as promised and Sa Do Chan loses his temper and says to Oh Ha Ra if she was always someone that has a wicked habit of going back on her words… You have to do it otherwise I lock you up… if you have evidence to show I did something or I will walk. He got out the car and started to walk thinking.
This tell us that Sa Do Chan is besides a man of many words he is one that keep them all.
He comes back after a while and says he will do it on one condition… that he gets to meet the real Beak Joon Soo for he wants to conclude himself that he was not conned with that… that they are telling the truth!! Always check your sources!
Sa Do Chan gets his way and we get to see the first meeting of Beak Joon Soo and Sa Do Chan.
We can’t let others know what happened and we cannot tell you why either… Oh Ha Ra explains.
Fine I will do it. Seeing a guy who looks just like me in this condition does make me feel bad… My heart might beat slowly but that doesn’t mean I’m cold-hearted.. Sa Do Chan… our lucky go happy con man is a righteous man born in unfavourable circumstances that led him to be what he is now.
Back home with his friends… giving them all a shock..
What did you say?…you want to pretend to be a prosecutor… AGAIN?
He tells them not to worried… wouldn’t it feel rewarding if I do a good deed…he asks
Master of Setting is putting his thinking cap on and comes with a brilliant idea
CRIME SCENE! Spain Cultural Centre
(Crime scene – the scene where the criminal activity took place)
A brilliant plan in the making …this practise scene was fun, …was almost like a musical kk
CEO Geum Tae Woong… why was this rich man dressed like this?
Looks like he has no pants on LOL… or did he
Anyway the CEO has nothing good in mind.. He seems to be responsible for the assassination attempt on Beak Joon Soo and is now hunting for Nam Seung Tae to get the evidence that cannot fall in the hands of the righteous prosecutors… at all price!
The Brilliant plan of our master Setting is commencing… until the last minute the Chief prosecutor is trying to get out of this deal… poor thing.. too righteous for his own sake..
So far so good… everything went according to plan.. while SDC was just about to come into action,.. as practiced.. some strange tugs came in and started to attack Beak Jun Soo..
Who are you?…the guys from the gambling on the deserted island….
Then they started to fight… Oh Ha Ra and the Chief were listening in an heard all kind of wild action going on.. not knowing what was happening inside.. they get into a slight panic and decide to go in.
Amazing… his fighting scenes are very well done.. very good in action.. his sweaty boxing lessons pays off LOL
They just come in to see how Sa Do Chan got stabbed…
and has to be brought to hospital by ambulance..
O NO… Both Beak Joon Soo and Sa Do Chan in the hospital? Ottoke Ottoke!!
The prosecutors had a tough time cause they could not be with the victim since they had no right to be with him.. left to be onlookers when Sa Do Chan gets into the ambulance.. to be taken away.
Left standing there Oh Ha Ra suddenly thinks of the scene and runs in with the Chief on her heals. Inside she sees that the safe has been opened but there is still this jewel box inside… hopefully she picks up the box… could this be it?
Meanwhile Sa Do Chan is being treated in the Ambulance which drives on top speed to the Hospital. Will he make it?
But then, all of a sudden see that the facemask of the male nurse being gets pulled & popped… What’s going on?
Talking about cold blood… after so much action!!!!!!!!!!
That’s a question all eels are asking daily… how is our master NORMAL?.. being so freaking amazing!!
It becomes clear that this was a Setting in a Crime scene from our master Button ..
The trigger for the Button was $ 5,000,000 !!!
If Nam Seung Tae gave up 5 million because he trusted prosecutor Beak Joon Soo… then what is the evidence worth!!!!!!!!! OMO… HOW BIG IS THE FISH… are we talking WHALE time here?
Sa Do Chan went to pay his setting crew.
What this guy says is so true.. some will Switch masters anytime anywhere for any price!!
Look at his face… the master Button, you’ll never know when he is on the job with another agenda.
Prosecutors are only busy with their careers..
This description I found for SWITCH is so true..
“A small crook is in prison, but a big crook is in a penthouse.
You can’t catch a really diabolic crook legally.”
“If you swindle a small amount of money, you are called a crook, if you gain a lot of money, it’s called a financial business.”
“If you break a minor promise, you are called a crook, if you break a significant promise, you are called politician.”
“There is a law, but it’s not possible to catch them.”
Is there any way to deal with big crooks who escape like a slippery fish even if you catch them?
What if a genius swindler becomes a prosecutor and crosses freely a line between legal and illegal?
Through this trilling story about the «fraud» we want to reflect what our values and hopes that we must defend to the end of life are.
Thoughts of the writer: Mamacri (and solely my own)
Even though I only saw the first 2 episodes, this drama is all that I could hope for to see my master act in. He showcases many of his talents we have not seen so far and expanded some that we love.. From the beginning to the end, these episodes took me for the first stage of a very promising roller coaster ride. It was accelerating triggering all my senses and I’m pining for more…
What can I really say. This drama is one to watch over and over and over again.. He leaves us with many jewels, many nuggets of goodness dotted all over the episodes…
One conclusion: my heart will never SWITCH for Jang Keun Suk.
He is really my absolute favourite star of all time <3 I am so happy to see Jang Keun Suk took up this challenging script. This topic is keeping the world in his stranglehold for quite a while now transcending countries, religions and political perceptions.. as we see governments and big agglomerates worldwide shaken, falling apart due to corruption and or crimes against humanity of all sorts. This topic is from all time but for the last many decades things have been building up... and the fishes which have been feeding themselves copiously on the mass are dangerously overweight and ready to implode! We were taught from young age certain things.. conditioned to behave certain ways.. leaving us with certain believe systems... But there are always those who will not or cannot be, stay in or forced out of that believe systems... Those who will operate outside of it.. When absolute power is given to certain people.. we know that this will absolutely corrupt them over time.. Not that the person is bad to begin with but crooks will always find their ways to absolute power for the sake of trying to get things changed so they get their ways, to get things done to strengthen their power and accumulate more wealth. Those in power may want to stay in power and will put its own people in place to assure and protect the powerhouse that is created... Overtime we get a network of “blood tights” and “tights in blood” closed for outsiders unless you are initiated. Nothing is for free in this live but the sun and even that may not be true. That’s why we must always be careful, very cautious to leave those given absolute power for too long in that power, even worse look up too them or idolizing them... ore being afraid or bullied to look away. They are given the powers to do certain things to benefit the greater good and should always be held accountable. Take them out of that power for a good while before they can accept work where they can change things that effects the whole of society is not such a nonsensical act... it’s to protect. A good dose of scepticism and suspicion in life killed no one... and surely against the rich and powerful is a good healthy way to look at things. Always keep questioning everything... checks and balances We are quick to forget things said and done in the past, promises made and broken, fooling us with their sweet words accept or to look away.. as we learn that future proves past the hard way on a daily base now that we were fooled... and have a hard time accepting! We can’t make omelette without breaking eggs... so some houses of cards must come done. [END]