Despite some scenes that verge on being clichéd and shirtless scenes that make me wish they were edited out instead, I’m still loving Two Weeks for its nice blend of action, wits and heart. For the record, Lee Junki is best watched with his clothes ON.
Before I go on to Lee Junki and his bod, let me start off with what I liked first.
My favourite scene in these two episodes has to be the garbage truck chase scene where our trash of a hero Jang Tae-san flings deadly rubbish out of the moving garbage truck at Teacher Kim chasing from behind. The garbage connotations of this scene may or may not be intentional (extra points to writer if she really considered this), but I liked the way this scene was filmed. The placement of the camera ON the garbage truck and IN Teacher Kim’s car creates a scene that is similar to how one would see in a computer game, such that the viewer assumes the roles of Tae-san flinging the rubbish and Teacher Kim driving the car. Maybe it’s because I play a lot of video games, but that’s how I saw it. I think this effectively upped the excitement level as you can see the impact of the bottle smashing against the windscreen and the sudden swerves of the car.
Another favourite scene would be the chance meeting between Tae-san and Soo Jin at the hospital. Soo Jin’s love for her father whom she hardly knew was really fleshed out in this week’s episode, where we see her dreaming about Tae-san, her unspoken preference for her real dad over nice Seungwoo ahjusshi, and her immense joy at seeing her father again that she even continues to jump like a happy little bunny on her hospital bed after that. These scenes really hit me in the heart as we can see that Soo Jin really loves her dad unconditionally, and he really needs some loving right now. Although I feel kind of sorry for Seung Woo, I really can’t help but ship Tae-san and Soo Jin, haha. Tae-san seeing his daughter vomit right in front of him but yet not being able to do anything was heart wrenching. And ending off the episode with Moon Il Seok leering at innocent Soo Jin with those evil eyes make me fear for father and daughter. He’d better not do anything to Soo Jin!
As for the part where Tae-san helped deliver a baby, I found it rather far-fetched. What are the chances of running into a pregnant lady in the bushes in such a desolate area? I can see why the writer included this scene — the pregnant lady is just one of the many strangers who will help Tae-san regain his humanity and face his past, but I wished the writer had integrated this into the main story in a more convincing manner rather than shoving it in your face. Also, how is it possible that Tae-san had never seen a woman give birth before? Surely he must have at least seen such a thing in one of the movies in his video collection? But seeing how Tae-san cried so hard when he finally understood how much In-hye had suffered to bring his daughter into this world alone softened my heart and brought tears to my eyes. This is also the first time that I’m seeing a show where the baby actually looked convincing as a newborn. In most shows, the babies often look too clean and too big to be a newborn. Just saying.
Now, I don’t mean to sound like a pervert but I need to get this off my chest. As much as I like Lee Junki, I personally feel that he’s not cut out for shirtless scenes. I’ve noticed that he has many scenes in this drama that require him to go shirtless. I’ve seen most of his previous shows and I don’t recall him going shirtless before in his long career (except maybe this?). Perhaps due to his body being too slender (remember King and the Clown?), but it seems like his body has still remained more or less the same way even after army. So rather than making me swoon, his shirtless scenes actually have the effect of making me want to drape a towel over him. Maybe he’s okay with going shirtless now, but I wonder if there’s a no-nipples clause in his contract seeing how they take special care not to show them. I’m probably sounding very horny now but I’m actually advocating for a reduction/removal of such scenes in the future, lol. He’s no Song Seung Heon alright. And he can manage fine with his acting chops alone, so there’s no need to resort to such fan service, I feel. I don’t mean to sound like I’m criticising him for not having chocolate abs, but I like the way he is. There’s no need for him to go work out at the gym specially for us, neither does he need to strip for the camera if he’s uncomfortable with it.
Moving along (to less horny stuff), Seung Woo is becoming more detestable now that he has been consumed by anger, jealousy, and other personal feelings that cloud his judgement of Tae-san. I like this change of character though, and I look forward to see how his conflict with Tae-san will play out in subsequent episodes. Although I’m still not quite impressed with Kim So Yeon’s acting, I do like her character as the tomboyish looking female prosecutor. As this reporter nicely pointed out, Park Jae Kyung does not follow the usual caricature of a typical female character. She sports a short crop, wears sports shoes and male clothing, and her room is also devoid of the usual stuffed toys typical of females in kdramas. She also lashes out freely at Seung Woo’s incompetence, so I welcome such subversion of the stereotypical weak female characterisation. I’m also glad that Park Jae Kyung has finally learnt about Tae-san’s daughter and his motivations somewhat, so I wonder if she will actually be teaming up with him any time soon. She’s smart, so she will be a good ally to have. Now that we are talking about smart characters, this show has no lack of them, and I like that even those of a lower age/societal level such as the garbage collectors and Tae-san’s young daughter are able to make intelligent decisions.
On the other hand, I’m somewhat disappointed that there were no references to other classic movies in these two episodes, and the story’s adherence to time also seems be less evident here. In episode 6 especially, there were hardly any time checks to let us know the time of the day. Both episodes also ended before the sun had even set, so concluding with the gigantic D-11/D-10 time stamp did not seem to make sense, and made things confusing too. I hope they remember to go by the clock in the next episode. Although there were no references to Hollywood movies this time, I can’t help but wonder if they were paying homage to Lee Junki’s ghost-seeing magistrate whenever they mention about ghosts in this show. One can only wonder…