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Off the Map Review: "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel"

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This week’s episode of Off the Map surprised me. It’s amazing how a character can change from sympathetic to evil in the span of one scene.

In “On the Mean Streets of San Miguel,” Abuelito, played by Ralph Waite, is a beloved, elderly man being told he has terminal cancer and then, with a couple of lines of dialogue and a frightening look in his eyes, he becomes a former Nazi soldier.

The sudden transformation was disconcerting.

Masking Their Fear

How could a man who had done such good over the past half century be guilty of such evil? How could no one have seen it? As Otis said, sometimes no matter how well you think you know some one, you may not know them at all.

Mina grows on me each week but this time it wasn’t for her sarcastic wit, but for her dogged determination. She truly believed this man should have to face some sort of judgment for his crimes. That his victims’ families had the right to know he had been found.

Mina was going to keep her patient alive and if Ryan wasn’t going to help her then she better step out of the way.

Then we have Lily who seems to swing between pining for Ben to being angry with him and back again. When she sees him as the wounded widower out to save the world Lily looks at him with starry-eyed devotion.

When she sees him in a lip lock with Ryan she is hurt and jealous. But what will her reaction be once she processes Ben’s confession; That he has kept his brain dead wife alive for five years so that he can access her trust fund to keep the clinic running?

Things are definitely getting complicated in the jungle.

Next we have Ben’s fling with Ryan. If you’ve been on again / off again for a year can you still call it a fling. For someone who plays the lonely widower Ben sure doesn’t seem to be very lonely. Oh, and of course he isn’t officially a widower either. Details.

I loved Ryan and Zee’s machete therapy but the way they swung that thing made me want to duck. I wouldn’t get near these ladies when they’re angry.

Let them take it out on the jungle.

So am I the only one growing more fond of Mina with each episode and less fond of Ben? Share your thoughts with me here on the latest Off The Map.

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@Kitty: well said...the show, through having Mina leap right to zealous righter-of-wrongs, did not do the key issue any justice. Possibly why it generated such poorly thought-out reactions from some viewers.

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@ Cat: Excuse me, but I AM from Germany and to be honest I feel a little offended by your comments!
"You must be a neo-nazi[...] Go move to Germany and get the heck out of America...?
What is that supposed to mean? That all Germans are Neo-Nazis and every racist person in the world should just go to Germany because thats where they belong?
Have you ever actually been to Germany or do you just rely on your predjudices with your statements?
I get that you have an opinion and I don't want to judge or comment on it, but please be careful before making such offensive generalizations! As for the episode itself: I actually thought the issue was handled quite well. Maybe a little more time for such a complex topic would have been better, but they did try to show every side and every possible/realistic human reaction.
I could totally understand why Mina would want him to be brought to justice and a big part of me was really glad she didn't just let him get away that easy.
But on the other side, she did treat a patient with drastical measures, who clearly didn't want that. From a professional perspective that was wrong.
I also got that Otis and Ryan found it harder to suddenly hate a person that they had come to like over the past month or years and that they hesitated to overstep their medical authorities and torture the guy.
This is just not an easy situation and in the end I think all sides were shown in an equally respectful manner and I could understand evry single one of them. I wasn't very exites for this show in the beginning, but now it is starting to grow on me, so I'll keep watching :-)

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Nice one Noreen.
Cat, Sara et al are letting mis-information cloud their already heightened emotions. Within the context of the show Mina is clearly reconciled to her humanity at the end when she tells the adoring children their hero has an infected tooth, effectively admitting compassion should rule over mis-placed revenge.
The hair-splitting regarding the SS is hardly the point...in fact Mina reacted WAY too early when he was mumbling his identity in pain and guilt to have processed the finer details of whether he was a conscripted regular or a racial fanatic AND she admitted that her reaction was more that he shouldn't be able to duck his responsibilities because SHE didn't let Daddy get away with erasing her poor school record.
Personally I get tired of the german=Nazi trope Hollywood trots out blissfully forgetting their own not-so-stellar record in regards to war. The national guilt in Germany over WWII is palpable...a dignity and world-awareness the rest of the world should recognise and know more about.

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You guys must be very young. Go back to Germany? Nazis are banned in Germany as a criminal organization( just fyi it's legal here). So you're denigrating a whole country for crimes committed before most of us were born. It's clear you're having a knee jerk reaction, bypassing rational thought completely. In this country we're allowed to disagree without... ( oh, I forgot, that was BEFORE Bill W ) AND you're confusing the SS with the Waffen SS. Look it up. Still no one's answered about laws in S. American countries, and extradition. AND still this isn't about Nazis it's about doctors. When Ryan says not to listen, because he doesn't know what he is saying, she's ignored, but when Mina wants to use that argument then it's ok ? And just a thought would the world be a better place had he been caught and punished over 60 years ago, or is it a better place because he taught and worked with children for 64 years? My father was in WWII stationed in Germany in 1945, my uncle was in a concentration camp and came home weighing about 80 lbs, I wonder what they would have thought. I do know they were way too intelligent to hate.

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And yes Noreen B. You are an idiot. The person who posted the stuff from Wiki made it clear that it was the first paragraph. It was posted because people like YOU are incapable of doing it properly. Clearly you didn't read the article correctly because if you had you would not be defending a nazi! My God, why don't you guys just go to your local jail and demand all the murderers be released because that is EXACTLY what you are saying should be done! Why should we keep murderers in jail? By all of your guys logic they deserve to live their life in peace even though they consciously took the life of someone else. I hope to God you NEVER know what it is like to have someone you love murdered for no justifiable reason because if you knew what it was like you wouldn't be so idiotic to defend a murderer.

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Wow, you guys are dumb. Someone on here had it right when they said that Mina was doing her job. Murderers do not get the choice in DNRs or any of that. He is a war criminal, his age does not matter. She would not be doing her job if she let a murderer get away with his wrongs. I also looked at the wikipedia article. Nothing was taken out of context. I can't believe there really are idiots out there. You guys must be neo-nazis because no self respecting person could ever side with a Nazi. Go move to German and get the heck out of America.

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You are NOT the real Sara K. Don't you dare pretend to be me! I am the real one and I DO apologize for my first comment. Stop pretending to be ME!

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J are you kidding me? "Even the black"? WTH.

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This doesn't have as much to do with the guy as it has to do with the doctor. And don't just quote from Wikipedia out of context, read the whole article. The Waffen SS Panzer Grenadier division were soldiers fighting in France and Russia (I looked it up). And if he's 85 now, he was 19 when the war was over. But it still boils down to the doctor, who is NOT supposed to treat a patient against their wishes. The rest is all bs. This isn't about Nazis it's about doctor's ethics or lack thereof. No one is defending Nazis. And , Tara, just for the record, I don't feel like an idiot, and when I look things up, I do a thorough job of it.

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Somebody else signed up under the same name as me and wrote that he/she takes back what I said earlier.
Well, I am the one who wrote the 1st comment and I DON't take it back. What I said had nothing to do whether with whether he was in the SS or not, I simply stated that her ob was to fulfill her patients wishes and not to prolong his life by torturing him. This was a too serious topic to be handled in 50min romantic version of doctors in the tropic. There are a lot of clichees in this show and I don't mind as long as they don't touch topics like racism, Nazis etc. which need real good writers and reflection to be dealt with. The writer of this episode was definitely biased.

Off the Map Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Keaton's gone for half an hour and the last Nazi in South America shows up.

Otis

You don't have to worry about me. I'm a play by the rules kind of girl. Wouldn't even know how to grease a palm. I'd probably start with a good moisturizer.

Lily