UPDATE!! New episodes to be released on 14 November 2016!!
Watched 3 episodes and so far, the verdict is GOOD! Bai Jin Yi (Yang Rong) is spunky smart (but not overly so) with the best suits and stilettos while Han Chen (John Bai Yu) is the right mix of mildly brusque, intelligence and mystery. Love the scene where he helped Bai Jin Yi down from the container – he is sufficiently pragmatic without overdoing the hero-saving-damsel-in-distress trope and she is shown to be having a weak moment but not immediately transforming to a fragile flower.
Too early in the show to comment on the cases itself (disclaimer: I didn’t read the book) but for now, the first case is rather beguiling. I hope that there is a satisfactory resolution (my pet peeve with.crime drama!) since this was adapted from a novel. The case also allows Yu Zheng to indulge in his love of pretty and even Zhang Zhe Han makes a cameo !
Am so happy that Yang Rong is in a bonafide lead role which caters to the broader audience (Ding Mo adaptation + showing on iQiyi). Have always thought she was super underrated and unfortunately casted as second fiddle to less acting accomplished first tier actresses (Angelababy/Tang Yan/Yuan Shan Shan) despite having the more layered or interesting role. Although she was the lead in Cosmetology High and Love for Three Lifetimes, they were somehow overlooked.
First time watching Johny Bai Yu and although 9 years younger than Yang Rong, they look good together as he has a mature face. He is carrying the role well as the character could be interpreted to be overly stoned (cough cough Xiao Fan ….) but he is straddling well between a man burdened with a secret and a hormonal man who banters and subtly flirts with an attractive female colleague.
The other characters to appear consistently to date is Zhou Xiao Zhuan (He Feng Tian), sidekick to Bai Jin Xi and Xu Si Bai (Li Jian/Lee Gun), the beleaguered second male lead who is in love with Bai Jin Xi but she treats him like a brother. Xiao Zhuan is like a terrier and a likeable facet to the show but I hope the show explains why Bai Jin Xi has no romantic feelings towards him as he is definitely a good catch (a doctor with forensic knowledge and cooks her delicious meals!). I did find it a bit creepy that he tried to kiss her while she was napping in a couch in office with tears down her cheek from her nightmare (she has amnesia from an accident 5 years prior).
Hopefully the show maintains its momentum and doesn’t start getting dogblood… fingers crossed !!!