So far The Girl Who Sees Smells isn’t just my favorite currently airing K-drama, it’s also the most spot on with casting the major characters. Setting aside leads Yoochun and Shin Se Kyung, who I just want to gush over each and every week for their perfect chemistry and character portrayal, the spotlight also needs to be shone on second lead Namgong Min (and the complementary guest performance by Song Jong Ho). The reveal last week wasn’t particularly surprising but the manner by which the drama pulled back the curtains was the bit that was brilliantly done.
A deft execution can sell even an obvious plot twist, such as in Smelly Girl, because the audience is absorbed with the flow rather than harping on the “I totally saw that coming” know-it-all commentary. Plenty of viewers may have suspected smiley chef from the get go, but seeing him unfurl his full sinister glory was still most satisfying. I hope the drama keeps him full psycho rather than try and give him some weepy backstory. Sometimes bad people are just bad and this is one extremely gone off the deep end bad dude. I don’t think I can look at library book serial numbers and cooking the same way for the time being. Bravo to Namgong Min for being absolutely riveting in all his restrained evil.