냄새를 보는 소녀 (The Girl Who Sees Smells)

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16 Episodes
An SBS Plus Production
Timeslot: Wednesday and Thursday Evening, 09:55 PM
Genre: Trendy Drama
Format: 1080i Dolby Digital 2.0 – 65 Minutes
Ran from: 2015/Apr/01~May/21

WITH 박유천 (Park Yu-Cheon) as Choi Mu-Gak; 신세경 (Shin Se-Kyung) as Oh Cho-Rim/Choi Eun-Seol; 남궁민 (Namgoong Min) as Kwon Jae-Hee; 윤진서 (Yoon Jin-Seo) as Yeom Mi; 김소현 (Kim So-Hyun) as Choi Eun-Seol; 정인기 (Jung In-Gi); 최태준 (Choi Tae-Joon) as Detective Ye; 이원종 (Lee Won-Jong) as Homicide Chief; 조희봉 (Jo Hee-Bong) as Detective; 오초희 (Oh Cho-Hee) as Eo Woo-Ya; 송종호 (Song Jong-Ho) as Doctor;

CREW Production Director 백수찬 (Baek Su-Chan) B-Team Director 오충환 (Oh Choong-Hwan) Main Writer 이희명 (Lee Hee-Myung) Planning 이용석 (Lee Yong-Seok) Executive Producer 김용진 (Kim Yong-Jin) Producer 민연홍 (Min Yeon-Hong) 장성욱 (Jang Seong-Wook) Director of Photography 이길복 (Lee Gil-Bok) 정민균 (Jung Min-Gyun) Lighting 박창우 (Park Chang-Woo) 김대열 (Kim Dae-Yeol) Editor 장시연 (Jang Si-Yeon) Art Director 허정필 (Hur Jung-Pil) Music 박세준 (Park Se-Jun) Action Choreography 양길영 (Yang Gil-Young) 박현진 (Park Hyun-Jin) Assistant Writer 변숙경 (Byeon Suk-Gyeong) Assistant Producer 박수진 (Park Su-Jin) 김재현 (Kim Jae-Hyun)
Based Upon Manchwi's Webtoon 냄새를 보는 소녀 (The Girl Who Sees Smells)

RATINGS
AGB Nielsen Nationwide
HIGHEST: 10.8% (05/21 - E16)
LOWEST: 5.6% (04/01 - E01)
AVERAGE: 7.83%

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IN SHORT

At this point I literally long for the days when I could at least complain about people like Yoon Seok-Ho – because with him you could tell he worked hard to imprint his hopelessly overwrought, majestically dated schtick upon every single frame, and no matter what he would hold his fort and not “sell out.” What is this, though? They take a mildly popular webtoon from Olle Market that lives and dies by its one-trick-pony gimmick (read the title and that's all there is to it, unless you want to waste time listing the logical fallacies that litter this crap); throw two pretty faces of dubious prospects at the screen (Shin Se-Kyung has let her abysmal career choices devour any potential she once might have had, Park Yu-Cheon has never really shown any talent if not that of trying to turn any subtle facial contortion into a music video from the Jo Sung-Mo canon, sobbing et al) and let them mug for the camera; put them in revoltingly quirky “Kdrama-like” situations hoping that the proceedings will charm a few Chinese officials at the SAFRT to greenlight its import into the Middle Kingdom; and then go on with disarmingly shallow, quasi-romantic shenanigans (punctuated by the occasional, perfunctory "serious" moment) for two months wondering why their oh-so-”diligently” put together jewel only manages to score 5% and elicit cries of redundancy and lack of creativity even from Chinese fans.

Because people have finally grown tired of all this nonsense and are turning the entire industry off, even the undemanding masses that wouldn't know quality if it bit them in the poopoo, no matter what the ready-made, garden-variety fluff written by complacent cheerleaders will want you to believe. There is a reason real dramas made by real pros like 펀치 (Punch) and 풍문으로 들었소 (Heard it Through the Grapevine) manage to secure a decent-sized following in an era where weekday miniseries almost never make it to the promised land of two digit ratings: they reward the viewer with something that this endless array of trendy copycats can't offer anymore, if they ever offered it in the first place. And that's the sense of satisfaction that comes from watching a labour of love made by people who still have respect for this medium and the artistic dignity to at least strive to make something worthwhile. Trendy dramas do have a place in the industry, but I'm talking about what used to be competently produced, earnestly and endearingly fluffy shows like 그저 바라보다가 (The Accidental Couple) – or, to go back a few more years, 옥탑방 고양이 (Attic Cat). This is artless, embarrassingly insipid pap that has no reason to exist, and is plunging the entire industry into oblivion. The sooner we stop seeing this smell, the better.

ACTING GRADES

62 이원종 (Lee Won-Jong)
62 조희봉 (Jo Hee-Bong)
61 정인기 (Jung In-Gi)
59 남궁민 (Namgoong Min)
58 신세경 (Shin Se-Kyung)
57 박유천 (Park Yu-Cheon)
56 최태준 (Choi Tae-Joon)
50 윤진서 (Yoon Jin-Seo)
40 오초희 (Oh Cho-Hee)

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