*I am not going to give too much details on the crime cases but will focus more on the two leads' interpersonal relationships.
Finally willing to admit that Xu Xu is an outstanding criminal profiler after working with her, our hero Ji Bai nonetheless still harbors doubts about Xu Xu's ability to work in the Violent Crimes Unit.
Feeling terrible as she realized that her unintentional act had hurt her friend, Xu Xu mumbles "I was wrong. I will change. I didn't realize she would be so embarrassed and hurt." Ironically, Xu Xu's willingness to admit her mistake actually becomes the reason for Ji Bai to finally accept her fully.
In the habit of protecting Ye Zi since they were kids, Ji Bai thinks of her as a precious little sister...even if he knows full well that Ye Zi's feelings for him go well beyond that. Unable to shake off the foreboding feeling that Ye Zi is in trouble, Ji Bai takes a break from work at the earliest possible moment but unfortunately the strange phone call from Ye Zi turns out to be the last time our hero would hear her voice.
Showing only the slightest signs of how shaken he is, Ji Bai stoically looks over Ye Zi's bloody corpse and tries to act like he is at a normal crime scene. Following Ji Bai quietly to Ye Zi's closet to take an inventory of her things, Xu Xu suddenly wraps her arms around Ji Bai and pats his back briskly.
(Our heroine's embrace here was very stiff. You could almost hear her thinking in her head "Ji Bai is upset. A hug is what people do to comfort others... so that's what I must do.")
Quickly realizing from the various clues that Zhang Shi Young was actually having an affair with Ye Zi, our two leads eventually pin points Zhang Shi Young's wife, Ye Qiao as the killer.
Looking over at Ji Bai, Xu Xu replies softly "So I can know when you need to rely on external stimulus to exert control."
Not impressed when Xu Xu continues in a matter of fact tone of how dangerous it is to suppress one's emotion until the dam finally breaks, Ji Bai retorts "You assume too much. I started smoking 10 years ago, I don't need someone to give me a health or psychological lesson. You are just one of my apprentice - one who can only keep being that if she can pass the physical test in three months."
Ninja's Second Impression:
It has been a while since I found a crime drama that I wanted to follow so I am extremely glad to actually find one that hits all the right buttons for me. I am usually one that needs a fairly solid romance plot line in a crime drama but I am strangely content with the "snail" pace our two leads' relationship is progressing.
This actually comes as a surprise to me but I much prefer the way our two leads' romance is developing in the show as oppose to the novel. In the novel, Ji Bai is someone who is very used to women being interested in him (which you do kinda get the feeling as well in the tv show) but he just all the sudden decides one day that Xu Xu has caught his eye. Okay, fine, I am sure the writer did much better than what I made it sounded like but still, I wasn't too clear why the hero fell in love other than "I am so cool so I need a woman unlike any other to match me."
In contrast, I feel like the script writer is doing an excellent job in creating opportunities and meaningful moments that push our two leads' relationship from a Master-Apprentice relationship to something much more.
I think it's way too early for our robotic heroine to harbor any sort of romantic feelings towards Ji Bai yet but at least she is visibly worried about him and finds herself constantly watching him. On our hero's end, he is obviously too distressed right now to be interested in love but we do see small signs that he is starting to treat Xu Xu differently...like when he doesn't hide his expression in front of her but quickly puts on a smile once his co-workers showed up.
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