I am busy for school these days (still one month to go!) and did not watch as many dramas as I would like. Still, I try to keep some time every week to watch Run Brother 3, Happy Camp… and Love Me if You Dare! These TV shows definitely made each new week a little bit more bearable. I recently realized we have not been talking about a recent drama for a long time so here is my first impression for Love Me if You Dare 🙂 BTW: There is a renewal of this drama for a second season!!
Before I start reviewing, let’s talk about the present drama scene…. what are our drama recommendations? Definitely Nirvana in Fire, Love Me if You Dare, and Legend of Zu! All three are super popular and it is a shame we are not caught up with them yet :’) Other dramas that are getting a lot of popularity are Yun Zhong Ge, Da Zhong Ge, and the Ferry Man.
My new obsession is: Love Me if You Dare! It is amazingly well done and I am super happy to finally see a good thriller and detective drama from China. Wallace Huo is simply adorable in every scene and despite his robotic personality, his character (Jing Yan) is very each to get attached to. He is like a modern Sherlock Holmes, interested in morbid cases and occurrences and with an important lack of social skills. Another nice thing: Wallace Huo in suit in EVERY scene! He is smoking hot in this drama, totally a good eye candy drama. Sandra Ma is very reliable in this drama and it shocked me to see how much her acting in LMIYD is different from her acting in Left Ear (where she played the sexy and courageous Ning Bala). She plays an intelligent sidekick/assistant to Jing Yan, who always find herself right in the middle of the mystery. She is a normal university student,very cautious and independent but lack experience with criminal cases. Sandra Ma and Wallace Huo has good chemistry as a team, and they are fun to watch together! As for the second main lead, we have the extremely handsome Wang Kai. Hehe, he has the aura to be a protagonist, and I want to watch him act as the main character in a drama! He is very nice, righteous, supportive, and unlike the other secondary character, he does not stick to the girl!
I am reading the recaps for this drama from dramaforreal.com and I think they are doing a great job. I have difficulties understanding some of the key elements of the plot (like why a criminal would do something and why a particular scene is important), so it is nice to have someone explaining everything online and in English. The plot is going super smoothly and I excited to uncover the ultimate secret: Jing Yan’s past in the US (Dun Dun Dun DUN!). Sadly, unlike most C-dramas, this one has a very moderate number of episodes per week: only two. I know it is still a lot compare to American dramas, but I hate been left at a cliffhanger at the end of every week. (SPOILER: So far, there have been three cases: a morbid body cutting serial killer who has an inferiority complex, a drug deal in a big law company, and a young girl killed due to her overly popular boyfriend). The story is really interesting and even though it is not too complex, it does not insult our intelligence 🙂
The love line is very cute and in the last episode (Episode 12), Jing Yan finally realizes his feelings for Yao Yao. He is very straight forward in his way of declaring his love, something you don’t see often in dramas. I love his best friend (actually, the whole cast is perfect!), a funny and bubbly software engineer. He created a car for Jing Yan and it is the cutest thing ever (kind of like Baymax in Big Hero). Anyway, I suggest everyone to watch this TV series, especially since the Viki team subs them really fast.