Review – Off the Map – Smile. Don’t Kill Anyone (S01Ep02)


Much respect for the actor who had to pretend he was being crushed by an anaconda for half the show. How he didn't laugh is beyond me.

This week:
All of the new doctors face their own individual challenges again. Be it an anaconda, their ego or their fear of not being taken seriously. All rise to the occasion in their own ways. Relationships end, others begin.

Pluses:
The character of Mina really shone this week. Last week she just seemed cold and controlling. This week, there was real depth and she actually acted. Imagine my surprise when I looked her up on IMDB and found out she is Merryl Streep’s daughter.
Not too much romance.
A little more backstory.
Ryan is an interesting character and look forward in getting to know her.

Minuses:
Still way too much schmaltz.
Not sure I liked they way they addressed non-traditional medicine (hopefully this will be something that is explored in more detail later.
Anaconda? Oh come on.
Scar reduction surgery (on a veranda).
Tommy isn’t as interesting as I first thought.
Why is it so focused around Lilly?
Martin Henderson as a love interest.

What is going to happen when they run out of critter and developing world disease of the week?  Even with all those negatives and the silliness, it was better than last week, and I am interested enough in the character Mina to watch the next three episodes without groaning at the thought.

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