As I am a huge fan of foreign language dramas, sci-fi series and teen dramas, Switched immediately caught my attention as something that I would normally watch. So I put it on expecting it to be an mediocre drama that featured all the different troupes that these films have… but boy was I wrong!! The show surprised me in so many ways, so without further ado, here’s my review:
The thing I loved about the show was the twist and turns present throughout. As I already stated, my expectations for the series was quite low as the plot is one that I have encountered many times before. As a result, the whole concept of body swapping in films and series has become a little stale. However, shortly into the first episode and definitely by the second, I realised that this wouldn’t be the case for Switched. The series continued to surprise me by going to places that I didn’t expect. In fact, what struck me the most about the show was the fact that for a show where nobody was who they were appeared to be, nothing was as it seemed. I was glued to the screen because the reveals came thick and fast. It was brilliant!
The other aspect of the show that I would praise was the acting, particularly that of Miu Tomita who played Zenko or Ayumi trapped in Zenko’s body. Her role was a difficult one in which she often had to really put in some work to show the extreme emotions of the character she had play. And she was brilliant. Kaya Kiyohara who played Ayumi was also pretty good, especially towards the end of the film when there’s big confrontation between all the characters. There were many difficult topic matters that the series had to deal with such as suicide, bullying and abuse and the actors did it justice.
If there was one thing that I had to complain about, it would be the fact that I don’t believe, at any point, in the series did they say that Zenko was fine as she was. There was a lot of people saying that they liked her or accepted her even as she was. This fine and all but it’s not exactly the same thing as saying that Zenko was perfectly fine in the body that she had. If the show did that, then I would have been super pleased as it would have sent out a good message to the audience about different body types and body acceptance etc. Thus, I think this is an area where the series fell short.
In conclusion, Switched was a fresh take on the teen body swap drama that brilliantly tackled many difficult subjects even though they did fall short a little on that one particular subject.
Have you seen it? What did you think? Let me know !!
Featured Image taken from an article on metro.co.uk sourced from Netflix