This episode starts out slowly as the story has to recover from its own narrative rut. Tae-san is still on the run from the law, in a rural district, and in order to make a getaway has to confront the way he's acted in the past and the way he needs to act in the future. It's all well and good, but we've already seen him do all this several times now in recent episodes. So to go through this plot again is rather tiring.
However, once these narrative issues are resolved, "Two Weeks" moves briskly on to its stronger points- dealing with the emotional fallout from these decisions. Right now, Tae-san is dead to the world, and this presents an enormous problem to Soo-jin, who will actually be dead if she doesn't get an organ transplant. The little girl herself is blissfully unaware of the danger- but the problems lie heavily on the minds of the adults close to her.
Seung-woo is put in the unenviable position of having apparently caused this crisis- though he doesn't actually believe Tae-san is dead, through sheer willpower more than circumstantial logic. There's a very melancholic flashback to Seung-woo's attempts to get close to little Soo-jin who intones, rather adorably, that Seung-woo is nothing more than just an older man and not her real dad, who's dead.
There's something heartfelt in Soo-jin's simplistic notions of what family is. It's hard to fault In-hye too much for raising her daughter like this, given the precarious emotional position they were both forced into. But we're given another reminder that, childlike though this little girl's beliefs may be, she's still old enough and smart enough to figure out certain facts on her own, and she is long overdue for a genuine talk about what really happened with her parents and what life is supposed to be like for her. An ugly spot of danger pops up for her almost directly facilitated by this failure to communicate.
Overall "Two Weeks" taking a turn toward more interesting scenery this episode. The preview indicates that we're finally moving onto a location other than the rural districts, and character knowledge is near to becoming equalized. The police have realized that someone is directly trying to prevent them from taking Tae-san into custody, and the villains too have gotten tired enough of trying to hunt Tae-San down directly to attempt an alternate means of approach. There's no immediate danger in the cliff-hanger this time- but it's amazing how much tension a simple bit of knowledge can create.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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