Just as his professional life as a tax collector for the national tax service seems to go down the drain due to someone falsely accusing him of taking bribes, Baek Seong Il also gets his last money stolen from him in a fraud. After getting help from his detective friend, he tracks down the man who stole his money, Yang Jeong Do, who promises to help him get tax money from the infamous Ma Jin Seok in exchange for not going to jail. Not knowing what other events they set off by doing so, they start planning how to get Ma Jin Seok to pay back his tax debt.
38 Task Force is, in many ways, the same as any other cop-like procedural out there. There are mini arcs related to different cases along with the larger arc that spans the show. What makes this one different however is the writing, which creates twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
The ensemble casting is well done, with our conmen playing off each other well - you get the sense they like each other but at the same time are wary. And each manages to change personas to match the con at the time, making for a more realistic viewing.
The writing is the strong point however, changing things up so that it's never boring. The cons are well thought out and make sense even when they get knotted and complicated. There's clearly a lot of thought that went into planning the storyline.
A good watch for any fan of procedurals or Ocean Eleven style shows.