When a Snail Loves follows the common plot of a variety of Ding Mo novels (one of which this is based on) - the leads are involved in solving a variety of crimes which serve as a backdrop for a budding romance.
When a Snail Loves has many of the common features - the male lead trains the female one in the ways of solving crimes as the more experienced partner, criminal profiling is used and the romance takes a while to develop. However, with this show the pacing is quite slow and the beginning c an be a turnoff for a fair number of viewers.
The show follows two cases over the course of it's run and the romance, while present also isn't quite fully there. It's hinted and teased at but that's about it. The acting is fairly passable but both leads have done better in other shows (particularly Ode to Joy where they play a couple and have sizzling chemistry). As is the writing - while the cases follow the book fairly well, the character development falls short.
A passable show, good for fans of the leads or Ding Mo's novels, but not much substance otherwise.
First, let's start with what this drama is not: It's not a romance. While there is romance, the romance is very understated and romantic moments are basically hoarded until about the last episode and a half. In fact, the romantic "leap" in the last episode was a little hard to believe. However, since I was hoping it would come, I couldn't help but be happy to see it.
Now, on to what this drama is: It is very successfully produced. For a web production, I was astounded by the film-quality cinematography, beautiful and varied scenery, realistic sets, tasteful wardrobe, lovely music and sound editing, creative title sequence, and perfect lighting! Really, I was overwhelmed by the quality that this drama brought to play.
Not only were the technical elements nearly perfect, but the story was pretty interesting, too. I'm not a huge fan of cop shows, but this story showcases a series of mysteries that continue to unravel as the experienced captain and insightful cadet put their heads together. Of course, the story isn't perfect. I rolled my eyes at some of the more idiotic decisions of "masterminds" who kept exposing themselves when they were supposed to be hiding their secret identities. Still, the four main leads were interesting to watch and cheer on, and the two female cadets were easy to care about.
In summary, this is an easily-watchable drama with short, 30-minute episodes that offer high-quality production to entertain your senses, a puzzle-like story to stimulate your brain, and appealing characters to tug at your heart.