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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Two Weeks" Episode 15

2013/09/25 | Permalink

When this episode started out and the characters started explaining the plan that led to last week's cliffhanger, I was a little annoyed. It seemed pretty obvious in retrospect what was going on. But the more they discuss the plan, and the further they got into other stages of the plan, I was genuinely impressed. This is actually a really great plan, since it finally takes a direct stab Il-seok's most glaring weakness- his insecure paranoia.

The heroes haven't seen too much of this, but it's been present in nearly all of his scenes. Il-seok makes a careful note of holding it back, but when he's with someone who knows how to push his buttons and isn't scared of him (like Seo-hee) it is really easy to get Il-seok to blow up and make mistakes. And he's not the only gangster who's like this either- the plan also makes deliberate use of another one who has similar issues. I can't figure out what his name is, but I always think of him as "the gangster with the really cool voice". Like, this guy needs to get into voice acting because his voice is just that amazing.

In terms of Tae-san's personal conflict of being able to make the transplant, the story has finally caught up and acknowledged that it's really not that far away. And even if he's not necessarily breathing easy, Tae-san has managed to calm down somewhat and is being more conservative in his risk assessments. There's no heavy action this time around- but again, the plan is so great it's not really necessary.

There's also a glimpse here into what the story's possible afterword may be. The relationship between Seung-woo and Soo-jin has always had a bit of ambivalence about it, but a flashback this episode fully seals once and for all how the two really see each other, and it's really an incredibly sweet moment that makes great use of child logic. Soo-jin's understanding of the situation doesn't make much sense from an adult perspective, but it works for her.

And that's the sweetness behind "Two Weeks" that makes it so emotionally strong. This is clearly an unconventional situation, but there's definite, obvious hope that it can also have an unconventional solution. Really, that it should have an unconventional solution because that's what's best for Soo-jin. This is as great a finale as I could reasonably hope for, and I hope it contains the same excellent sense of plot logic and characterization right into the final episode.

Review by William Schwartz

"Two Weeks" is directed by Son Hyeong-seok, written by So Hyeon-kyeong and features Lee Joon-gi, Kim So-yeon, Ryu Soo-young and Park Ha-sun.

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