Today I have decided to start a new drama that is still on air, and my choice went to “Sensory Couple” or “The Girl Who Sees Smells”, starring Shin Se Kyung and Park Yoo Chun. When I first read the title, I thought it was a joke. Seriously, ‘girl who sees smells’? I thought they could give this a better name, but that is exactly what the female lead does.
This will contain spoilers as usual after the cut.
It’s 2011. Choi Eun Seol (Shin Se Kyung), is a high schooler. When she returns home one night, she is stastruck because she finds her parents dead and the killer still around. She tries to escape, but ends up under a car and loses consciousness and falls in a deep coma. When she wakes up, she is able to see smells of things and people. At the same time, Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun), gets a call from his little sister. She has been in an accident with her classmates, so he has to pick her up at the hospital, but he finds a shocking revelation when he arrives.
This drama caught me since the first five minutes, and it is a good thing. Those are the moments where you see how the main female lead, Choi Eun Seol, happens to develop her ability, but not how it is possible she has that after a car accident. This is still a mystery so far, but it’s enough to make me watch.
I was not disappointed by SSK when I saw her on “Blade Man” with my dear Wookie, and here she plays a similar role to the one she played there. In my opinion, this role fits her. She has played females older than her age in the past, and perhaps she was either not mature enough to do so, or that is not a part that fits herself as an actress – that is why she has come to be disliked by some. But here SSK is very good. It seems like this role was created just for her. You can see the shift when she changes from Eun Seol who escaped the killer with cold blood, to Oh Cha Rim, the girl with the ability to see the smells. The only perk was that she was too excited when she played the girl in her teens, but I can forgive her.
On the other side, I had never seen a Park Yoo Chun drama yet. His character is one of a caring brother who cannot cope with the loss of his sister and is devoted to find the assassin in the detective sqad. At first I thought ‘oh, look how emotionless he is’, then I found it is a detail his character should have. Apparently after the death of his sister, called Choi Eun Seol by coincidence, it seems like he has PSTD. It was not said officially, that is just my perception. He drinks cold and hot drinks fast without feeling anything, he dislocates his shoulder without getting hurt, he does several things where a normal person could scream in pain for days, but he doesn’t seem to bother, and the female lead acknoledged this. I am guessing they will both help each other since Moo Gak has understood Cha Rim is able to follow scents left by criminals and help him to catch them.
The chemistry between the two actors is unbelievably good, I think they fit together. The only weird thing I saw between them, is SSK’s detachment. I read an interview PYC did one month ago in which he was asked about his partner on the drama, and he said that they still hadn’t clicked because she looks like a cold person and he couldn’t be friends with her properly yet. Maybe to avoid scandals and rumors, SSK tries not to give too much ‘confidence’ to her co-stars and her relationship on the workplace is mostly a superficial one; we talk only when we should. Maybe she is a timid person, I don’t know. Anyway, so far things are okay to me. I should see what happens when their characters get closer.
So, as a first impression looks good, doesn’t it? The only flaw I can find in this, is that I have already some theories on this and that, and this can be either a good or a bad thing. It could be nice because I could see my assumptions be turned all of a sudden, but it could also be bad if I would be right in my predictions! I am not amused when anything happens the way I have imagined. I am a writer as well and a good observer, so I tend to justify myself when I am right, that is just because of those traits that I am able to imagine how things will turn out. I love to be shocked and when a writer doesn’t let things go the way one predicts beforehand. We will see whether I’m right or wrong with my suspictions!
You should try this out, by the way. If you like revenge drama but that is not too melodramatic, this could be a nice one for you.