The tables are finally set for the upcoming SBS Wed-Thurs drama Sensory Couple, aka The Girl Who Sees Smells, and the question is whether the audience will take a seat at the table. Just as Hyde, Jekyll, Me rounds the corner on episode 12, leaving only 8 episodes remaining before my Hyun Bin is freed from captivity, SBS can breathe a sigh of relief that the follow up dramas has its leads at long last. Yoochun and Shin Se Kyung are officially confirmed for the drama, making it one expected casting with one last minute arrival. Whether it works or not, let’s all keep our fingers-crossed since I don’t want to write off yet another drama before it even airs.
Sensory Couple is adapted from a popular webtoon, much like its predecessor Hyde, Jekyll, Me, and like that production has also elected to change the drama title from the original webtoon title. All the make it more confusing to search around for source material is my take. Sensory Couple tells the healing romance of a girl who develops the supernatural ability to see smells after surviving a serial killer attack a few years ago with a cop who has lost the ability to feel anything after losing his younger sister to the same serial killer. Shin Se Kyung is making a niche for herself as the healer of broken men after Blade Man, while Yoochun is similarly doing his third turn as a drama law enforcement officer.
Directing Sensory Couple is the PD who did Tazza, Pumpkin Flower, and Dream while the screenwriter has more famous works under his belt having written Rooftop Prince, Yawang, Bad Family (one of my faves!), and Successful Story of a Bright Girl. I’ve already opined on Shin Se Kyung’s acting ability (or limitations/lack thereof) so no need to rehash it, whereas Yoochun works for me playing in brighter roles like Rooftop Prince and not at all playing brooding lovelorn romeos like in Missing You. Visually these two would be quite eye-catching together, and acting ability aside, this one really needs massive chemistry between them to work. This pairing doesn’t make me all that excited but with a good story and couple chemistry there’s a possibility it could click for me.