Recently I’ve rewatched one of my favorite Korean dramas, Something happened in Bali (발리에서 생긴 일 or Balli-eseo Saenggin Il). Oddly enough I find this series even more confusing the second time around, which is why I would love for anyone out there in cyber space to explain a few things to me.
First off I remember during the first viewing I was rooting for team Soo-Min and just feeling complete shock after watching the series finale. I have to admit after viewing, even though I knew what to expect, I just could not take all the emotion and let out my frustration in the form of droplets.
However, this time around I don’t know if I like Jae-Min as much. He was always that asshole who never really could express his emotions in the best form, but he seemed more likable before. He seemed like the lost man child who could not only retreat from fraternal rules but had a passion for his love that added charm to him. This time he was just a douche.
Addressing the confusing parts, I still do not understand why Soo-Jung fell in love with Jae-Min and vice versa. Maybe I glazed over the whole section, because all I remember is him being a petty man child who can’t seem to directly address any part of his life. I can understand that at first she kind of just wanted the benefits he presented, but when exactly did this deep affection arise? There are some scenes where their being semi cute with each other (him buying the cell phone, then going to dinner), but I still just cannot connect the trains of thought that led to this complicated mess of love. What exactly about Jae-Min made her go “Gee I need to get with that immediately.” Especially when In-Wook is over here and totally in love with her (not to mention he can cook – Jae-Min couldn’t even chop a flipping cucumber).
So was it for revenge? Did she want to become the rich girl who rose from the bottom and was able to snag some money so that she could finally be in some position of power instead of having to work at the lowest positions? Was it also to spite Choi Young-Joo since she pretty much treated her like less than shit? (I have to admit that scene she first stands up to Young-Joo was one of the best bad bitch moments for Soo-Jung).
Obviously in the end you find out that she actually loved Jae-Min, even if fate doesn’t seem to want them together in this realm. Poor So Ji-Sub once again ends up getting the girl that doesn’t love him (Delicious Proposal and Glass Slipper – where he also ended up getting killed because of his affection) because she couldn’t be with the man she actually loved.
Back to the issue at hand – why exactly Jae-Min fell for Soo-Jung? Was it to spite Young-Joo? Did he feel like she was the only person he was able to assist? Did he like the feeling of someone looking to him for aid (for a change)? Was her charm too irresistible for him to resist? Is he just some sort of sadistic/masochistic machine that wants to bring down everyone within arm’s length?
Maybe I just missed these parts. Maybe I just didn’t pick up on the subtle hints the writers presented to explain the growing affections. Maybe I don’t know enough about Korean culture to understand the characters. Either way if someone else can answer these questions, please comment below. Until then I will assume there is some lost footage floating around somewhere in the editor’s closet that will magically fill these plot holes.