I will love you will just receive it. You just need to stay with me, don’t go anywhere else.
~Choi Moo Gak
You don’t have to run away just because people think you are weird.
~Choi Moo Gak
I will do my best to make up for your life.
I am sorry and thankful.
~Oh Cho Rim
Once the person write me their autobiography, that person becomes just an empty shell. Nothing more than the cover of the autobiography.
~Kwon Jae Hee
All detectives always feel something heavy in their heart even after catching the criminals but they just put it aside and continue with the next case.
~Moo Gak’s senior
Girl who can see smells (2015) 看見味道的少女
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Fantasy, Crime
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 10/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
Plot: 3 years ago, Choi Moo Gak (Yoochun) lost his younger sister in the“BarCode Murder Case”. He has lost his sense of taste and touch eventually after drowning in depression. Meanwhile, Oh Cho Rim (Shin Se kyung) miraculously survived in the same incident and successfully escapes from the murderer’s clutches with only her name known. Since then, she lost her memory but also gained the ability to see smells. As they meet coincidentally, they found that they needed each other: Cho Rim needs a partner to perform comedy while Moo Gak needs her help to solve police cases.
Zoom into characters: Choi Moo Gak lost his only kin, his sister Choi Eun Sul, as she has the same name as the only witness of the serial murderer. After he quits his job at the aquarium, he works hard as a police to promote and get his hands on the murder cases, determined to solve them personally. Oh Cho Rim’s dream is to perform comedy to make people laugh. However, in reality, her effort is getting her nowhere and she is mostly running errands in the troupe. Erasing the most frightening moments of her memory, she now lives as the daughter of a detective who resigned to protect her.
Really liked the fantasy part of this drama, how the smell can be traced to find things or people and how the scents can help in the identification of people and what they have done. It is funny that Moo Gak is good at doing comedy (haha) while Cho Rim can get to the bottom of crimes quickly and they are doing the job of what the other person is good at. Because of his sister’s death, Moo Gak without his sense of taste gobbles lots of food to fill up his empty heart. It is a pity that the sister has to die because of her name but it is needed in order for Moo Gak to be a police and meet Cho Rim.
It is fun watching Moo Gak regain his sense of touch. For example, he suddenly feels itchy at his nose or jerks because of his wound after a kiss. It must be tough living without the sense of taste and touch. Imagine not withdrawing my hand from the fire because I can’t feel and not being able to taste the delicious food… Liked the marriage proposal by Moo Gak when he writes words using perfume sprayed in the dark sky. It is simply romantic and unique for Cho Rim who can see scents. Wonder how the words last since the particles from the perfume would have diffused quickly haha.
The pace is really good in this drama. Everything just flows well and it is quick to know who is the murderer. The serial murderer (shall not give spoiler) is acted out very well and really gives people the fear, especially since he seems so kind. I even thought that Doctor Chun was the serial murderer but he ends up being the victim. Haha. The serial murderer even has a hidden room in his house to keep the captives. The serial killer’s face-blindness disease does help Cho Rim escape death a few times since he cannot recognise anyone unless they speak.
The police seems to be doing some work in this drama haha, especially Lieutenant Yeom and Moo Gak. It is dangerous yet brilliant that Lieutenant Yeom disguises as Cho Rim and acts as bait to find out the place the serial murderer hides the victims. It was cool when she turns around and shows herself to the murderer much to his horror and shock for catching the wrong person. Towards the end, I think the police becomes so reliant on Cho Rim’s ability that they can’t even solve crimes without the couple and even prevent them from going for honeymoon… The police, especially the chief, was so arrogant at the start when Moo Gak begged to join their team and after that he is depending so much on Moo Gak to save his own reputation.
Why you should watch: It is a quick drama with great suspense and fantasy. Liked the development of relationship between Cho Rim and Moo Gak. Enjoyed how the police solve the cases together and the hilarious scenes when the couple is doing comedy performance/ practising comedy skits. The barcode serial murder case is quite unique.
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