Two Weeks: Movies will save your life!

 photo day12_zps5a78ebb7.jpgI am continuing to adore Two Weeks. Something they’re doing very, very right is not skipping any step in Tae-san’s survival attempts. Not even eating and sleeping are brushed off with the usual tv-show hand-wave — and I love it.

Spoilers below…

It forces Tae-san to think through every step he makes. And since this journey is ultimately about him coming back to life, making every gain an effort (suitable clothes, food, sleep, removal of handcuffs)  pushes his brain back into action. clothes photo clothes_zps79737177.jpgThis is definitely a redemption story (Tae-san’s earning his right to fatherhood) but it can’t be an easy one. That would be cheating.

That he takes the more difficult route in regards to his hostages — helping rather than hurting the chicken-hunting grandmother, being sweet and respectful to the mother and daughter — also shows Tae-san walking the path to redemption. He’s allowing himself to be good.

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If you’re good, you get chicken

(I love, love, love that it’s his movie-lore that’s been giving him ideas on how to evade capture. If you think of your opposition as Tommy Lee Jones from The Fugitive you’re not going to underestimate them. I hope that this is a motif that’s continued just for the nerd-cool vibe it gives.)

I also adore the “chat with his daughter” motif — where, in moments of quiet when Tae-san’s wondering what he should do, his daughter pops up as a sounding board.  photo fatherdaughter2_zps75c76691.jpgI like that she really is just a sounding board, too. It’s not actually Su-jin so there’s no cheating in Tae-san needing to get to know her later on. (Because there will be a later on… right? I’m so on Tae-san’s side right now, so there’d better be.)

In other news: We’ve gotten to know more about our Prosecutor, Jae-kyung. I’ve had to make a mental adjustment because I’d had her pegged as the office wonk — good at her job but spacey about everything else. Apparently, though, she’s been bad at her job because she’s been distracted by her secret war against Congresswoman Jo and Boss Moon. Which — now her staff’s disrespect makes more sense. detecting photo detecting_zps9a5dd5aa.jpgAnd her partner Sang-hoon’s respect/crush more poignant. (Did he know about her secret work? Or did he just sense somehow that she was better than she appeared? Also — is he a prosecutor or a detective? I don’t get the Prosecutor system, I’ll admit.)

I feel like she’s the one who’s going to put things together the fastest — she’s got the most puzzle pieces after all. It would be awesome if she and Tae-san end up working together at some point.

In-hye is more in the loop now. looped photo looped_zpsbefd10cc.jpgI’m glad to see she can leave the antiseptic room. I was afraid she’d be stuck in there for the duration and pretty much get left in the dutiful-mom role. Which is a very cool and important role in real life! But not very interesting acting-wise and I like Park Ha-sun and wanted her character to have at least some meat to her. It looks like she’s going to be making some choices and taking some sides and I’m looking forward to it.

teachKim photo teacherkim_zps9a88afde.jpgOh! And we got a brand new character — Teacher Kim. Who is played by Song Jae-rim who was wasted in The Moon that Embraces the Sun (a drama I, personally, hated) but very cool in that heartbreaking Nell video The Day Before. So I’m excited to see him here. Though… I don’t like him much. He’s going to make for a deliciously difficult foe for Tae-san — especially since he’s as together as Tae-san is a mess. And that’s cool. But he killed Man-seok. And that is very uncool. (I liked Man-seok!)

I’m still trying to figure out where I sort Seung-woo. sunwoo photo sunwoo_zps96519bfb.jpgHe’s so sweet to both In-hye and Su-jin which is good. But I worry he’s a pedestal-placer (putting In-hye up on a “great-mom, innocent-woman” pedestal that no human being can actually stay on) and that often leads to bad things. So I’m wary. (I’ll admit to a Tae-san bias shaping my views as well. Not pegging him bad is me showing discipline right now.)

Bring on days 11 and 10!!

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9 thoughts on “Two Weeks: Movies will save your life!

    • Ooh — envy! (For the marathon — not the exams ;)) I think this one is going to be very marathon-friendly. Though I’m enjoying the live-watch, too. 😀

    • Four episodes in… definitely one to watch! More episodes in…? I’m optimistic because they do seem to know where they’re going, but stumbles can happen so… But I really am optimistic. 😀

  1. I just watched eps 3-4 and hmmmm….. my excitement went down a notch or two with these episodes. Can’t pinpoint exactly why but quite likely one reason is that I’m developing issues with many of the characters. I did a LOT of FFing and that never bodes well. I had far too many ‘Really? Really?!!!’ moments too. I’m giving Two Weeks a few more episodes to win me over again but if I’m still feeling cranky after that, I’ll call it quits. Because I’m feeling VERY cranky now.

    Btw. Sang-hoon is Procecutor Park’s investigator, they have those in USA too, I believe.

    • Oh no! What characters bothered you?

      I did have to make a mental adjustment with Jae-kyung — I’d totally taken her as a star Prosecutor. But I think her not having that sort of pull with her department will make her job more difficult. And difficult is fun!

      Sang-hoon is Procecutor Park’s investigator, they have those in USA too, I believe.

      Ahh! Thank you — I was trying to figure that out because he’s been titled different things in different places.

      In the US the District Attorneys have the police department, but there aren’t police assigned specifically to an attorney as far as I know. (If my “Law and Order” serves me well 😉 — it’s usually the DA’s coming to the precinct and less the police reporting to the DA’s office.) But I take it Sang-hoon is specifically assigned to work hand in hand with Jae-kyung, with his desk in her office rather than at a police precinct.

      Which — tangent — but is he a police officer? Like, with a uniform for formal occasions and the possibility of moving to a different police assignment? Or do police officers get formally moved to the Prosectors office and then they’re in an entirely different system?

  2. Mostly Tae San and Proz Park, I guess. Not that I can exactly say why. Just generally unhappy how the characters were written in these episodes. Too darned weepy… maybe. Dunno. I also hated that they killed Man Seok. That was a totally unnecessary plot point, imho. If Tae San’s ‘TV experience’ gave him hints about avoiding CCTV, then he should also have known (or at least guessed) that the phones of everyone connected to him would be monitored. He could just as well have sneaked into the apt to meet Man Seok, with no-one else the wiser. The directing on the whole is a bit here and there as well.

    Re. investigators… going by TV shows, attorneys and coroners’ office seem to have them even in US and those are usually ex? cops (or that’s how I’ve surmised). 🙂 Whether that’s true is anyone’s guess. I’ve no idea how it really works in Korea but at least in VP Soon Bum was a police officer assigned to the Prosecutor’s office.

    • Yeah — if the main characters are annoying you, that’s not good. 😦

      I didn’t love Jae-kyung’s weepiness, but on the other hand — she had reason, it was within a reasonable window of time (the blow was still fresh), and she did her best to fight through it to do her job… Plus, I feel like she’s clever enough to put the pieces together quickly to realize Tae-san is a patsy. But to have her figure it out too fast would be boring. So giving her a huge emotional blow to distract her… it works for me. There’s a time limit to it, of course. But right after the murder? It works.

      With Tae-san… I’m actually really enjoying that he’s not a mastermind. That the potential is there — which is why he’s managed to survive for this long — but he’s working with a tool he’s left to rust for a really long time.

      And Man-seok’s death… I can see why they did it. He was adorable and I hated it emotionally, but story-wise, he was the one person who believed Tae-san. Things have to get darker before they can start to get light and Tae-san needs to feel as abandoned as possible. Killing Man-seok was a good dramatic way to make that happen.

      Investigators: I think that’s a tv-trope. If it does happen, it’d be on the individual’s own dime. The attorney or coroner would hire the detective themselves — they wouldn’t be official at all. (I could see a defense attorney using such services. They’d want a different look at what the police had provided.) But on the government side of things, the police are it.

  3. I guess I just don’t like my mains weepy. 🙂 Though that’s probably not the main reason, I just can’t pinpoint what it is that made me unhappy about them. Or the epis in general. It was just this vague general uneasiness that didn’t feel good.

    Re. Man Seok – That’s just it, we CAN see why they did it. Thus it’s a very obvious ploy they used and instead of an impact they were probably aiming at, it just rubbed me the wrong way and felt fake. I didn’t see is as dramatic but rather, ‘really? couldn’t think of anything else, could you?’

    Investigators: I sorta guessed that would in all likelihood be the case. TV shows are full of tropes and made up stuff about all professions they depict.^^ Some years ago I read a book written by a real life CSI staffer who said that the actual work is too ‘boring’ to be made into a TV show, no-one would watch it, heh.

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