Can’t wait for  Goblin to start, or need something to stop all the crying caused by Scarlet Heart: Ryeo? Whatever the reason you might find yourself in search of a new drama, I have the solution. When a Snail Falls in Love is an oddly addictive Chinese drama that will serve as the perfect antidote to your sorrows. Here are five reasons why you don’t need to be as slow as a snail to fall in love with this show.

1. Wang Zi Wen as Xu Xu

I love this character.  Wang Zi Wen's Xu Xu is a Sherlock-esque criminal profiler, but unlike a certain Sherlock Holmes, her personality, while a bit aloof, is very warm and charming. She is the eponymous snail, which means she’s just a little slow on the uptake when it comes to certain things, like say, a budding romance with a very handsome detective (See item 2 below) or completing her physical fitness test. I find her quirky and quiet character really enjoyable to watch, and Wang Zi Wen plays her well. It's a snails world, and we're just living in it. 

2. Wang Kai as Ji Bai

Deep sigh.  Wang Kai has always been handsome, see">Nirvana in Fire for evidence, but in this drama, it’s clear he prepped for fan service with some extra ab crunches. In other words, the man is no Flower Boy! He also really gets to show off his skills with some stunning action sequences. But on top of being easy on the eyes and tough on the bad guys, he is also a phenomenal actor. To Xu Xu’s snail, he is a lion. And to misquote Katy Perry, he's going to make you roar.

3. The Thrills

This show is a love story, but it is also a thriller / mystery. The snail and her lion-like detective partner need to solve some crazy, confusing crimes, and watching them and their team investigate and fight the bad guys is always satisfying. The only downside is the requisite waiting on pins and needles for the next episodes when your hero is fighting for justice and sweet, sweet snail love. My nerves can’t handle the snail-paced waiting. 

4. The Cinematography

Wow! I don’t normally comment on things like this when it comes to dramas, but the camera work is so stunning in this show it is like its own character. Every scene is visually amazing to watch. Also, Wang Kai looks really, really good in front of a camera that knows what it is doing. 

5. The Episodes are Short and Sweet

I love a shorter drama that moves along at a quick pace, and sometimes my biggest issue with Chinese dramas is they are long and can be upward of a thirty episode commitment. But even if the snail herself is slow, the episodes are only thirty minutes in length, 21 episodes total, and each one is full of action, which means you can binge in half the time and at the edge of your seat! I sat down the other night just meaning to check my email, binged all the available episodes, and still went to bed before midnight. Not too shabby as far as obsessions go. 

(Picture above is more or less me staring at my computer while I refresh the page waiting for new episodes)

So there you go, five reasons to start the show. But seriously, #2 is all the reason you need. 


When a Snail Falls in Love - 如果蜗牛有爱情

Starring Wang Kai and Wang Zi Wen

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