It had an interesting story and was cute but just never quite had me super invested. Also the rushed ending was a bit of a disappointment and had our leads acting quite out-of-character (and this is coming from the girl who always roots for romance). It’s not that I didn’t like it...I just felt like it fell short of its potential. Still worth a watch, and the fact that it is quite short makes it a breeze to marathon.
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.