[Review] The Girl Who Sees Smells/Sensory Couple – 냄새를 보는 소녀


Three years ago, Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun) loses his younger sister to the Bar Code serial killer. Since then, he loses his sense of touch. Meanwhile, Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung) narrowly escapes form the serial killer herself. Although she loses her memory of the killer, she gains the ability to see smells.

I have to admit that I was hesitant to watch this drama at first. I had a lot of other shows on my plate and I was put off by the drama’s title. It wasn’t until I randomly caught Episode 8 that I decided to put it on my watch list and caught up to all of the episodes within a week.

The real highlight of this drama is the chemistry between Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung. As you would expect with a trendy drama, the scenes featuring their relationship was cute and silly.   They are the main reason that seemed to keep viewers coming back week after week.

Oh Cho Rim has a fun, effervescent personality and I like that Shin Se Kyung could come off as being ridiculous and sweet. As for Park Yoo Chun, Choi Moo Gak is initially described as cold which is an overused stereotype of male K-Drama characters. However, instead of playing a heartless type of character, he plays Moo Gak as someone who just doesn’t know how to react or emote. Moo Gak is actually quite a doofus more than he is unfeeling.

Joo Bi (Sunny Hill), Jang Yi Jung (History) – 아리송해 (It’s Ambiguous)

주비 [써니힐], 장이정 [히스토리] – 아리송해

On the other hand, I was a little taken aback by Nam Goong Min’s performance in the first half of the drama. While this is the first drama I’ve seen with him, I’ve seen what he’s capable of on We Got Married so I found his awkward and distracted performance puzzling. It wasn’t until the revelation of his condition that put the pieces together.

Each week, the group tackles new cases as a secondary storyline while furthering the investigation of the Bar Code murder case. The personalities of the other members of the police force enhance the comedy of the group’s dynamic. However, Yoon Jin Seo’s Chief Detective Yeom brings down the levity of the group. She’s quite a dry character and at times drags down the airiness of the drama.

Unfortunately, the biggest disappointment of the drama is the plot holes. We expect that the serial killer is always going to be one step ahead of our characters but when everyone on the police force suspects the same person and yet they’re still not able to figure out a way to catch him. It’s laughable to see Moo Gak facing off with the killer several times but unable to do anything about it.

I am still not sure what the significance of the bar code is to the killer himself.  The meaning of the bar codes is explained in the drama but it’s not clear why he chose the method of exploiting bar codes in this way.  I suppose you could argue that it’s just the serial killer’s OCD way of cataloging his victim and maintaining control but I was honestly hoping for something more.

Also, when Cho Rim discovers who the killer is, there’s really no surprise or fear over how close the killer has been all this time. She seems gung-ho about becoming the bait in order to capture him. I understand that she’s a tenacious character but it wouldn’t have hurt to have a moment of reflection about the situation. She reacts more over dangerous situations she’s faced during the minor cases than she does over the Bar Code serial killer.

The drama has got a great OST. While it does sound similar to many of the other Wed/Thur night trendies, case in point, You’re All Surrounded, the songs were so catchy that I still find myself singing the songs even now. In line with Shin Se Kyung’s character, the special effects were cute and bubbly and does a good job in illustrating her abilities.

Loco, Yoo Joo (Girlfriend) – 우연히 봄 (By Chance, Spring)

로꼬(Loco), 유주 [여자친구] – 우연히 봄

Despite my prejudice over the (terrible, horrible) title, I did enjoy the characters enough to overlook the many plot holes. The important thing about trendy dramas is that it must deliver a fun and entertaining journey. Certainly, I think the cast and the tone of the drama accomplishes that.



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