I liked it! Which means I recommend this drama as a fun, exciting, and well paced watch. (It was a fun live-watch; I suspect it’ll be even more fun as a marathon.) And I definitely recommend this drama to any fans of Lee Jun-ki. He poured his heart into his role and it showed.
Aaand, everything else I’m going to say will be chock-full-‘o spoilers, so read further at your own risk. [Spoilers for the entire show below]
I loved how Tae-san and Boss Moon practically switched places there at the end. With Tae-san, the master mind, creating Boss Moon, the desperate fugitive.
Same cap… even the same facial wound…
It was really important, though, that Boss Moon brought his desperation onto himself. If he hadn’t been so intent on revenge, if he could have just walked away, he would have succeeded in fleeing to a friendly (or at least disinterested) country. But he brought about his own downfall by being so obsessed with punishing Tae-san.
Ditto Congresswoman Jo, for that matter. If she’d honestly been willing to let the auction go, she could have fled the country, as planned — not as rich as she’d hoped, but surely well funded enough… (At least, I think so? I’ll admit I got confused as to who had what money where. I think Congresswoman Jo scammed Boss Moon by getting him to transfer his funds to her… but I didn’t understand the details. Which I was fine with; those details didn’t really matter.)
That our good guys (Tae-san, Jae-kyung) were able to keep their hands clean while getting the victory made me happy. It was probably a little convenient — that our bad guys self-destructed so spectacularly — but in this sort of story, that’s what I expect and hope for and I’m really glad our storytellers didn’t go for some “interesting” twist that only served to ruin the feel of the whole thing.
Instead, the storytellers concentrated on keeping the pace up. Right into the final episode we had heart-in-throat moments. When Tae-san was chasing Boss Moon into the junk-yard? I was wincing the whole time, constantly thinking, “Take care of your body! You’ve got surgery tomorrow!!” That I was worried right up until Boss Moon got wheeled away, still snarling and fighting despite his injuries, is a credit to the show. Maintaining that tension is what made Two Weeks such a compelling watch.
The pace definitely slowed right down for the final scenes — but I was glad of it. (I suspect marathoners will be especially grateful for the chance to catch their breath.) I loved the mirroring images that were used throughout this final section. Tae-san and Su-jin cupping each other’s faces.
The ghost (or memory) of Mi-sook cupping Jae-kyung’s face (which I didn’t expect and was surprised and really touched by — I’m really glad they included that moment).
*Bonus shots from those scenes!
And then there were the prisoner scenes. Boss Moon blinded (literally in the dark) eating what he can while his cell mates steal food from him.
Congresswoman Jo meditating in a dark corner.
And finally Teacher Kim, looking up into the light.
I loved how it encapsulated their various states. And I loved that while Teacher Kim isn’t miraculously redeemed (he’s paying for his crimes) there’s a future and a hope for him — something he’d not had before.
I liked that use of a birth-secret twist, I have to say. It showed the depravity of Boss Moon adding weight to Tae-san’s view that a free Boss Moon would be a constant danger to Su-jin and In-hye. And it tied Former-Boss Han more deeply into the story. But I was extremely grateful it was the only birth-secret. I was glad Tae-san’s dad never showed up. I loved that Tae-san reached a certain amount of peace regarding the man without having to actually meet him. And I adored that Former-Boss Han pretty much adopted him — they made for an awesome father-son pairing without needing to actually be father and son. (Honestly, that they were a found-family made their bond more powerful, in my opinion.)
I also liked that Tae-san and In-hye didn’t just fall into each other’s arms. I mean, I think I would have been fine with it (Tae-san deserves all the happy!), but it was a mature decision on his part to give them both some space after the tension of their two week adventure. Especially since he was obviously going to be around for Su-jin — there whenever she needed him. And especially since In-hye and Seung-woo parted ways (which added the bitter to the sweet — but I thought it was gracefully handled there as well). I can easily picture Tae-san and In-hye getting back together down the road — but they’ll need time to rebuild their romance.
The storytellers did a great job including what was needed but not attempting to end everything with neatly tied bows. Tae-san is alive, his name has been completely cleared, his future is wide open, and he can finally be a good father to his daughter. He’s ready to claim his own happiness and that is an awesome way to end.