ONE STEP AHEAD OF THE CHASE
Just when he discovers that he has a sick daughter, good-for-nothing Jang Tae San (Lee Jun Ki) is framed for murder. Fearing that his life is in danger from the people that framed him, he decides to go on the run to find proof of his innocence. Evading capture from the cops, the prosecutors and his ex-mob boss, he needs to stay alive long enough to get to the bottom of the conspiracy if he wants to save his dying daughter.
Yoo Seung Woo – 니가 오는날 (The Day You Come)
For a drama that’s filled with various characters and M.O’s, the story is incredibly well-paced. In that way it kinda felt like an American drama as the entire run felt like it was thought out ahead of time instead of conforming to the live writing scenario that we’re so often used to seeing.
All the character’s stories are very compelling which add various layers of excitement and fear for our hero. It was believable to see how a government official with a spotless record like Jo Seo Hee (Kim Hye Ok) could team up with the likes of Moon Il Suk (Jo Min Ki).
You sympathize with both Prosecutor Park Jae Kyung (Kim So Yeon) and Detective Im Seung Woo (Ryu Soo Young) as they are both trying to do the right thing but you see how their personal motives cloud their judgment bringing them to clash with each other.
It’s also easy to see how Jang Tae San is the scapegoat who becomes embroiled in this mess and so it makes it that much more interesting when he finds the drive to fight for his innocence. And the thing that drives Jang Tae San are Seo In Hye (Park Ha Sun) and Seo Soo Jin (Lee Chae Mi) who act as his moral compass.
From the writer of 49 Days and Prosecutor Princess, there’s a common denominator with all the main characters in these dramas. The characters are a bit egocentric in that they are shortsighted when how they affect the people around them, however unintentional it might be. That said, Jang Tae San is definitely a flawed character of his own making and it’s an interesting journey to watch him go from a carefree lifestyle of a gigolo to a family man.
Without trying to give too many twists away, the only thing I wasn’t completely on board with was the quick explanation we’re given at the end about the exact nature of the illegal activity that Moon Il Suk and Jo Seo Hee was involved in. I felt like the drama should have left that ambiguous rather than trying to explain their criminal enterprise, cramming in the specifics with exposition in the final episode. But I’m not too bent up about it as the criminal activity did serve its purpose in the drama which was redeeming the anti-hero.
Lastly, the soundtrack for this drama was great as they added to the suspense and excitement. I especially loved the rock numbers from Nell and Toxic. As the main title song of the drama, Nell’s “Run” is a thrilling number that leaves you breathless as Jang Tae San is chased like a rat in a maze throughout the drama. It really describes his character, how he’s lived a wayward life and why he’s got to go on the run.
Nell – Run
On the other hand, Toxic’s “Turning” is a softer but a more uplifting number opting to depict the turning point in Jang Tae San’s life. After learning about his daughter, he not has a reason for living but clearing his name so that he could one day face her.
Toxic – Turning
I’ve been down this drama road three times already with Writer So Hyun Kyung and I love her ability to leave me on the edge of my seat, often at the end of every episode. Two Weeks wasn’t quite the political thriller that The Chaser was but unlike The Chaser, it served us with a flawed hero who redeems himself. The drama has a lot of compelling characters with complicated emotions and plot twists that makes it a worthwhile ride in my book.