Preternaturally gifted detectives are a dime a dozen in TV land these days, but not all of them live at 221B Baker Street. The new 12-part series Detective Chinatown presents us with an intriguing new contender for the deerstalker crown in the form of Lin Mo (Taiwanese actor Roy Qiu), chemistry teacher turned sleuth who tackles seemingly impossible cases in Bangkok’s Chinese enclave with the help of rookie police officer Sa Sha (Yishang Zhang).
The Detective Chinatown expanded universe
Originally released in 2020, Detective Chinatown the series is part of the same universe as the wildly popular Detective Chinatown film franchise – in point of fact the series takes place at the same time as the events of 2018’s Detective Chinatown 2.
Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with the source – the connections are thin enough that newcomers will have no trouble plugging into what’s going on. Our hero, Lin Mo, is the apprentice of Detective Chinatown’s hero, Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang), and when the events of Detective Chinatown 2 see Tang Ren and his nephew, Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) fly off to New York City on a case, it falls to Lin Mo to solve the crimes the Bangkok police put in the Too Hard Basket.