I 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.
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. This 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.
(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. I 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. And 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. I’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.
Oh! 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. He’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!!