Love Me, If You Dare Episode 1 & 2 Brief Overview:
Working by herself everyday, Jenny quietly translates the disturbing papers about violent crime cases written by her boss. Told very specifically by her boss's only friend that her boss Simon is a strange and unlikable guy, Jenny obediently stays away from the second floor where Simon's works.
Thanks to a storm that knocked out the mansion's electricity, Jenny finally meets her boss and proves for herself that Simon is indeed an extremely eccentric man.
Considerate of her boss's strange eating habit of consuming large quantities of fish, Jenny had previously asked a fish monger her family knew to deliver to the mansion every other day. When the young boy who had been making the deliveries suddenly goes missing, the village men had no doubt that the strange man living in the mansion must have taken the boy.
Given the permission by Simon to take the men into a locked room, all the men including Jenny are horrified when they walked into a room full of dismembered body parts. Jenny's detective friend Xun Ran rushes into the mansion fearful of her safely, only to see a thoughtful Jenny as she realizes the room contains much of the research she has been translating.
Xuan Ran informs Jenny that while Simon has graciously agreed to help with the kidnapping case but he has also made the request that Jenny be his assistant. Bewildered how she can be of help in a criminal case, Jenny vows that she no interest in becoming Simon's assistant... until she goes home to find him sitting in her bedroom.
Just be warned, after watching this show you'll be craving fish... because there are a lot of scenes of about fishes.
Weird fish fetish aside, I am really enjoying the wacky vibe of Love Me, If You Dare. The director has been great so far at balancing the dark parts of the plot (criminal cases), the comic reliefs and developing romance between our two leads.
I was completely in love once the show brought out the Knight Rider car!!! It is rather hilarious that the comic relief of the show is actually a car, but I like it!
By episode two, it is still a bit hard to peg down our two leads' personality yet. The heroine is certainly an extremely talented observer and courageous, judging by her ability to work in a spooky mansion. The hero... I can quite figure out. Wallace Huo's Simon is VERY easy on the eyes, and with his lack of tact whenever he opens his mouth I would've guessed that he is rather cold... but how do you explain this happy hug he gave Jenny when she said something cleaver about the kidnapping case? That didn't look like the action of a distant and cold eccentric hero would do. Still, I rather enjoy the process of uncovering Simon's complicated personality.
By the way, small quick scenes of flash backs AND synopsis from the show tells us that Simon was actually once kidnapped by a mad man he was trying to catch. Simon escaped after suffering torture physically and mentally. I believe the mad man will be the "Big Bad" Simon and the heroine will have to fight eventually.
Anyhow, Love Me, If You Dare has quite a bit of Sherlock Home vibe to it but since we are watching a Taiwanese drama, I do expect a lot of romantic scenes. Sherlock AND Asian drama romance all in one show?! That my friends, it's a dream come true.