Two Weeks in Two Minutes
To get you in the mood while you read, here’s Run, by Nell, Two Weeks’ pulsing theme song:
1. Our main character is Jang Tae-San (Lee Joon-Gi). He is framed for murder, arrested, and nearly assasinated in jail, so he escapes (all in the first two episodes).
7. Park Jae-Kyung (played by Kim So-Yeon of IRIS, but try not to hold that against her) is the prosecutor in charge of Tae-San's case. She's also very emotional. This is because her true motives are personal.
8. Lim Seung-Woo is the lead Detective on the case. He’s engaged to WMACP’s mum, Seo In-Hye, who is also Tae-San’s ex. They, too, spend a lot of time looking distraught and/or stressed out. Here's In-Hye looking upset:
Seung-Woo's distressed face is not much different from his regular face, so here he is in the shower, where we know he's brooding by virtue of the location:9. To round out the cast and the story, there are a lot of gangsters:
Two Weeks was engaging and entertaining, and kept up a brisk, tense pace for at least the first 10 episodes or more (depending on your judgement). It slowed down a bit toward the end, but by then it had me invested enough in the characters and the story to (mostly) enjoy the denouement. Tae-San and Jae-Kyung were nicely developed characters whom I genuinely grew to care about, and Lee Joon-Gi in particular did a great job with his role. WMACP, In-Hye, and Seung-Woo weren’t too badly done, either, although the baddies tended a bit toward caricature. The plot was derivative, but the producers knew it and had fun with it (Tae-San has multiple flashes of Hollywood chase movies during his days on the run, marking what may be the first time Tommy Lee Jones and Geena Davis have appeared in a kDrama), and the story’s internal motivation – literally “my daughter will die if I don't survive” – was probably even superior to most of its chase-themed predecessors', if a bit melodramatic. (Hey, it’s a kDrama, what did you expect?) Also, I would have preferred more (Lee Joon-Gi) nudity and lots more kissing, but you can't have everything.