As a big fan of psychological crime dramas such as Missing Noir M and BBC/American Sherlock Holmes, I undoubtedly wanted to try Love Me If You Dare. Complete with the harpsichord-esque background music that appears in all Sherlock-y dramas (I’m looking at you, Korean I Remember You), our Holmes and Watson in this Chinese version are Simon (Bo Jin Yan) and Jenny (Yao Yao).
Simon is a brilliant criminal profiler who acts as consultant to cases for the local police force. However, he is self-centered, eccentric, and unsociable to the extreme. He cares passionately about his work, and also seems to have gone through a traumatic incident not long before moving to the rural town he is staying at now. Meanwhile, Jenny is his assistant, hired at first as a translator for documents, but proving her own skills and talents in case deduction.
While Simon and Jenny get to know each other as employer and employee, he becomes increasingly impressed with Jenny’s talent and help in his investigations. With only 4 episodes in so far, we go through their first case where a merchant of the local town has been kidnapping children and butchering them using a machine he created. Through close investigation and Simon’s brilliant deductions, the police force manages to catch this rampant killer. Jenny also shows her skills in defending herself and is not just a sitting duck when the killer almost gets away after a police chase. With Jenny’s presence, Simon is able to develop more empathy and social interactions with other people. Mixed in this group is Xu Ran, good friend of Jenny and part of the police force. He seems to have a crush on Jenny and is somewhat distrustful of Simon, but reluctantly impressed with his skills at the same time. However, the biggest adversary seems to be a hidden stalker named Xie Han. Xie Han follows Simon and Jenny closely. He seems to be in the know of Simon’s past traumatic ordeal and is set on getting to Simon even if he has to kill Jenny in the process.
Another point of the drama that draws me in is Simon and Jenny’s chemistry together. I enjoy that Jenny stands up to Simon and subtly rebukes him if he gets out of hand with social interactions. She brings the humanness and warmth into Simon’s life and will with no doubt play a key factor in healing his past traumas.
While it may seem morbid of me, I have an intense fascination with psychological crime thrillers. Perhaps it comes with working in a surgical/trauma ICU, but I really like to watch these deductions and how these profilers work out how criminals think. As it is largely unsubbed right now, I may wait until it airs several more episodes before marathoning it (which won’t take long since Chinese dramas air at the speed of lightning). I don’t think I can stand the wait, especially since it is thriller! I just want to know what happens next!