DRAMA OF THE MONTH: Sensory Couple

Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung in Sensory Couple (Screencap)
Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung in Sensory Couple (Screencap)

This month’s drama to watch is one of my new favorites. Starring Park Yoo Chun (박유천) and Shin Se Kyung (신세경), Sensory Couple (냄새를 보는 소녀) is an unexpectedly hilarious yet fairly terrifying romantic comedy/murder mystery that’s sure to please even the most seasoned of drama watchers.

Shin Se Kyung as Oh Cho Rim in Sensory Couple (screencap)
Shin Se Kyung as Oh Cho Rim in Sensory Couple (screencap)

Originally airing on SBS starting back in April, Sensory Couple (or if you prefer the literal title, The Girl Who Sees Smells, 냄새를 보는 소녀) follows the stories of Choi Eun Seol (Shin Se Kyung, 신세경) and Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun, 박유천), a pair of unlucky misfits who are brought together by fate and a serial killer.

Three years ago, Eun Seol comes home from school to find her parents dead at the hands of a serial killer. Shocked to be interrupted in his work, the killer goes after Eun Seol who has the presence of mind to run away. Unfortunately in her desperate attempt to escape, Eun Seol is hit by a car and her world goes dark. In an attempt to tie up all his loose ends, the murderer follows Eun Seol to the hospital and kills her while she’s lying in the ER.

What he doesn’t know is that he’s actually killed the wrong Eun Seol. While the Eun Seol he was after was in a different wing of the hospital, lying in a coma, the Eun Seol he killed in the ER was actually the younger sister of Choi Moo Gak. Determined to avenge his sister’s death, Moo Gak joins the police force, hoping to one day become a member of the murder investigation team.

Fast forward three years and Moo Gak is a senseless (as in most of his senses no longer work) police officer sitting in his box while Eun Seol wakes from her coma, with no idea of who she is or why she’s being bombarded by all these strange images. It turns out Eun Seol (now Oh Cho Rim) woke from her coma with a very strange ability to see smells and one ghostly pale blue eye.

As Fate would have it, Cho Rim and Moo Gak team up in the most unlikely of ways and are quickly caught up in the case of the Barcode Killer, a serial killer who marks all his victims with a gruesome barcode carved into their forearm. As the case unfolds, unexpected connections between victims and survivors are made, romance blossoms and multiple lives are on the line as the Killer moves to claim his next victim.

Park Yoo Chun as Choi Moo Gak in Sensory Couple (screencap)
Park Yoo Chun as Choi Moo Gak in Sensory Couple (screencap)

If there’s one thing I love, it’s an original story, driven by unique and believable characters and a plot line that always leaves you guessing and that’s exactly what Sensory Couple (냄새를 보는 소녀) is. This murder-mystery/romantic comedy is such a crazy combination of hilarity, cuteness and terror that you can’t help but love it. I honestly don’t know how the writers managed to create such a suspenseful and exciting story that was still so full of both cute and hilarious moments, but they did! I swear, there were some moments when I watched this drama on the edge of my seat, scared out of my wits as the murderer stalked his prey and then there were other times I was rolling on the floor with tears streaming down my face because Moo Gak and Cho Rim were just so funny.

Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee in Sensory Couple (screencap)
Nam Goong Min as Kwon Jae Hee in Sensory Couple (screencap)

I have to give props to the cast of this drama because they all did a fantastic job of making me believe these characters were real. Moo Gak and Cho Rim were two of the most adorable and lovable leads you’ll ever come across in the Dramaverse and watching their story unfold was so much fun.

*spoiler alert* On the opposite end of the spectrum, Kwon Jae Hee was probably one of the most terrifying villains I’ve ever come across and I have to tell you, I’ve watched Nam Goong Min (남궁민) in a lot of roles but this one is probably my favorite. He makes being the bad guy look so darn good!

Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung) and Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun) in Sensory Couple (screencap)
Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se Kyung) and Choi Moo Gak (Park Yoo Chun) in Sensory Couple (screencap)

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, adorable, funny murder mystery (how’s that for a list of requirements?) you really can’t go wrong with Sensory Couple (냄새를 보는 소녀). With sixteen episodes to its name, there’s plenty of time for character development while the story clips along at a nice pace. Really only the last two episodes seemed to drag a little but not enough to really take away from the story as a whole.

The characters are all very lovable (or hate-able, depending on how you feel about swoon-worthy bad guys), the mystery is complex enough to keep you guessing but simple enough to leave you no doubt about its resolution) and honestly, it’s just a really fun drama to watch. (I mean who doesn’t want an excuse to sit and watch Park Yoo Chun (박유천) be adorable for sixteen hours?)

Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung in Sensory Couple (screencap)
Park Yoo Chun and Shin Se Kyung in Sensory Couple (screencap)

So for those of you who watched this drama while it aired, I want to know what you thought of it. Which parts/moments/characters were your favorites? Which could you have done without? Were you satisfied with the ending or would you have rather seen things play out differently? For those of you who haven’t watched it yet, do you think you’ll give it a shot? I want to know what you’re thinking so be sure to let me know in the comments below!

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