Two Weeks has completed half of its journey already but I managed to watch only two episodes because of the time constraints and giving more attention to Master’s Sun. Anyways, I’m glad that Two Weeks is really good and balances style with substance perfectly, which is mainly a rare combination with shows either ending up being only fluffy and glossy or they are plain dull sometimes. Lee Jun Ki is outstanding!!
The story is about a lowly gangster Tae San, who lives a careless and meaningless life. He gets framed for murder, but has the most important task at hand: he needs to give bone marrow to his daughter (from his first love In-hye) suffering from leukaemia. He came to know about her existence only now. He is on the run, saving himself from prosecutors and the real culprits, as the date of surgery is exactly two weeks later and hence, we get the name of the drama.
What I loved in Two Weeks is the straight and simple premise it presents for the viewers. It’s a thriller but not a whodunnit one. There are no convoluted plots or mysteries for us to keep on guessing. We know the murderer, the victim, how it took place and why. It is for our hero to find out the missing pieces of this puzzle and that makes us immediately involved in his journey. There is heart and poignancy in the form of the relation Tae San has with his daughter and their interactions are heart warming. When it’s revealed that our hero is a nice guy after all, there is no doubt to root for him. I like that Tae San is not a genius or super-intelligent guy, in fact he is really naive and innocent at heart; and that makes him more pitiful.
The drama has a nice motley of characters: Tae San’s love and mother of his daughter who now despises him, a female prosecutor who is determined to find the truth behind this whole set-up, a cop who happens to be In-hye’s fiance, the villains, and the whole bits and pieces of characters, all fit in their roles. And not to mention the fast pace of the show which keeps things at proper place and timing.
The story is nothing pathbreaking but its sheer ordinariness provides strength and involvement to it. I love that now each episode will be counted as a day (14 days= 14 episodes) and the edge-of-your-seats thing will enhance more.
I’m wholeheartedly going for this journey with our hero and I’m sure it will be thrilling as well as emotional one.