Off The Map Review: "It's Good"

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Our jungle doctors were forced to face their demons this week and that left more questions than answers. “It’s Good” started off with a situation that was anything but.

The clinic was robbed. Pain meds, anesthesia, everything including the tongue depressors were taken and Ben was furious at everyone, especially Lily. If she hadn’t lied to the police, then they wouldn’t have stopped protecting the clinic.

He had a point but Lily wasn’t the true reason for his wrath.

Mina and Lily

Ben got his wife’s latest test results and they weren’t good. No change. Has Ben decided to take Abby off of life support? He seemed to be leaning that way. He spoke to Ryan about moving on. He made it sound like he was considering moving on with her.

In true one step forward, two steps back, soap opera fashion, these two love birds faced another obstacle but Ben was still in the dark about Ryan's medical condition.

The helicopter crash surprised but didn’t shock me. That last shot of the passengers as it took off felt as though it lasted a beat too long, a sure sign of something ominous to come.

The crash made me wonder what Ben was thinking in that moment. Ryan was supposed to be on the flight but the chopper was full. Did he experience a moment of “Oh God, that could have been you,” or did he simply slip into doctor mode? Maybe I’ll get that answer next week.

We got more info on Ryan’s illness. She was infected by assassin bugs when she was a child and now she’s beginning to experience heart failure. She seemed more concerned about how her illness affected Ben than getting treatment.

Ryan seems like a smart young woman. Having her portrayed as a lovesick romantic willing to risk her own health lessens a character I’ve grown to like.

On the upside I continued to enjoy Otis for his flaws. The way his eyes lit up when he spotted the heroin cooking on the stove felt realistic. Ben’s correct.

Even though Otis has been sober for nine months, there's no guarantee he won't slip again. Every day's a fight to stay clean. It was classic addict behavior when Otis pocketed some of the drugs. We’ll have to wait for next week to find out if he used it.

When Mina stood up to the drug dealer it felt more than a little contrived but I don’t expect a lot of gritty realism from Off The Map so I was willing to let that one go. The scene showed that she was willing to put her neck on the line for her patients and colleagues and that was enough for me.

Tommy meeting his girlfriend’s father was just boring back story. His frat brother with viral meningitis didn’t wow me either but it was nice to see Cheech Marin back again.

I wasn't impressed with the love story between Lily and Mateo. This new love interest felt forced.  Perhaps it’s being used to give Lily something to do that doesn’t revolve around Ben. 

For a supposedly shy young woman, Lily hasn’t learned not to shower on the main hiking trail. Or has she’s learned that that’s where she finds the gorgeous men in this jungle.

You be the judge.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I was bored with a lot of this episode. I don't feel much for Ben and he's the lynch pin of the cast. Otis keeps growing on me though. I normally love Mina but I hardly noticed her this time. I hope the crash brings more excitement.

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Ah!!!! All I could think of was, those little girls! Their poor mother! :(

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I agree that a lot of the stories this week were kind of boring. Tommy and his frat buddy, Lily and Mateo, even Mina who I normally love. Even the robbery seemed to go nowhere. Otis was a highlight and I liked finding out more about Ryan's illness. The chopper crash should have been more shocking than it was but they did kind of telegraph impending doom as it was taking off so it didn't get the impact if it had been a complete surprise. I like this show but this wasn't it's best.

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if i hadn't read the names of the cast online, I would have no idea who the characters are...their names (except ben) are rarely spoken.

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I was also really happy when they brought in chagas disease. It is a huge problem in south and central america, and it kills a lot of people every year. Its sad because it should be easily preventable; either through the use of pesticides to kill the reduviid bug or the elimination of the thatched roofs were they like to live.

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Don't call them 'assassin bugs'. She was infected with Chagas and one of the best things this show has done since it started is mention this disease. Chagas infects 8 million people in South America. There is a great lack of treatment options for Chagas because research for it is not profitable for pharmaceutical companies. There isn't a satisfactory pediatric treatment and existing medicines are toxic and do not have a satisfactory cure rate. (Source: Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative)

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I wanted some resolve for the clinic robbery, it came off surprising although Ben did establish the "I wonder how it hadn't happened sooner" speech to Lily, after some thought. Ben wanted someone to blame as though he gathered all the villagers on duty to strike a blow. He aimed at Zita for locking up, Otis for lookout and after all their alibi's checked out Lily became the only remaining suspect. I admired how they revealed his wife's condition as the real reason behind his erratic behavior. In fact Ben has been erratic since day one. It surprises me that the writers chose to split Ben and Lily's connection and replaced them with separate partners. You are right Mateo and Lily felt a bit unrealistic, I believe even for the audience, we know she hasn't truly gotten over the death of her fiancee, yet she is well able to move on with someone she barely knows. As for Otis, you actually felt his pain when confronted with his past, and I believed he used his attraction to Zita to ignore his pain, which is why he could not go beyond the friends with benefits stage. I hope someone could reach him, because the clinic barely has enough doctors as is, to lose another would be detrimental. What about Mina's confession to Otis last week, there was no real continuation since? I still think Lily is figuring things out, and even as it may heat up with Mateo, his rushed lifestyle would be a relationship hindrance. Lily did give Ben the words of wisdom he needed in the end "You are the clinic".

Off the Map Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

Lily: He could be dying right now.
Mina: Yeah.
Lily: Or he's fine and he's just not into me.
Mina: Either, or.

Lynn: Ask and the jungle provides. It has everything you need.
Mina: Except for paved roads.

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