I have been waiting to watch When a Snail Falls in Love for, what seems like, forever. Not only am I a Wang Kai fan, but I really enjoy this author’s complicated mysteries. But does the show actually deliver on my expectations? Come join me as I take a look at the reasons you should give this drama a look-see.
SYNOPSIS: Detective Ji Bai and new criminal profiler Xu Xu may seem like an awkward teacher-student pair at first glance, yet they are actually the best partners in the police force, solving one crime after another. Ji Bai slowly falls in love with Xu Xu, yet she is a girl who is as slow as a snail when it comes to love. Just as Xu Xu starts to reciprocate Ji Bai’s feelings, the dormant “Angel’s Killer” reappears.
If you are looking for a drama that has more of a movie vibe then this is a good choice for you. Everything looks slick from the action sequences to the scenes where our detectives are busy detecting.
#3 The Profiling
I am enjoying the mix of profiling and traditional detective work. The combining of the two type of detective styles makes for a nice mild conflict between the OTP (One True Pairing). Just enough for Xu Xu and Ji Bai to have some sizzle without huge conflict.
#2 Xu Xu
I love that Xu Xu is the genius profiler of the couple. So often (especially in Kdramas) it is the men that are the traditional genius character which makes the role reversal a nice change. Also, Olivia Wang portrays the serious and socially awkward Xu Xu to perfection. You can practically see the wheels turning inside her head as she analyzes various situations.
#1 Wang Kai!
Wang Kai as the character Ji Bai is an example of perfect casting. He was born to play a brilliant alpha male cop. Thankfully he has great chemistry with Olivia Wang (this being the second time they have paired up romantically in a drama) and their comfortable working relationship comes across in the drama. Not to mention I crack up every time they reference the obvious height difference between our leads.
While there are a ton of pros as to why you should start watching, there are one or two negatives. Personally, I think they have not done the best job of explaining the various connections of the blackmailed chaebol family. If I hadn’t read the novel first, I would be a lot more lost. That said, I eventually was able to make sense of everything, it just took a little longer than I like.
I also think the passage of time could have been handled better. Sometimes it took me a moment to realize that months had passed and not just a day or two. Yet another aspect that you eventually figure out, but still….
BONUS: Wang Kai Wearing a Hat
Wang Kai in a sexy straw hat is my new favorite thing. Now I kind of wish that Asian dramas had a western genre to dip into. Or maybe Wang Kai could be the Asian Indiana Jones….pretty much anything that involves him donning a hat.
So in conclusion, after 6 episodes I am happy to continue watching When a Snail Falls In Love. Hopefully it will stay strong until the very end with no last minute plot derailments.
You can find all the latest episode of When a Snail Falls in Love HERE.
Til next time,