I’m still trying to figure out why I like Off the Map. Every episode there are moments where I catch myself thinking that it’s better than Grey’s Anatomy, but then I have to mentally flagellate myself for watching either of these shows in the first place.
Every book-reading, art film-watching bone in my body tells me that I shouldn’t watch this. I know the plots are completely unfathomable, and I know that increased viewership of shows like this encourages networks to produce more clones, but I can’t stop watching. I realize that this is the type of show that specifically panders to the working woman who can’t watch soaps during the day and maybe only has time for a couple new episodes a week, but Off the Map, I just can’t quit you.
Here is a list of things that cause me to rationalize my viewing:
- The mild surge of adrenaline I feel when the clinic’s drug supply is robbed by South American banditos and the recovering-addict doctor has to buy heroin from some jungle thugs to be used as a makeshift anesthetic for the patient with the ruptured appendix. I mean, really! Who comes up with these plotlines and where do I sign-up?
- The consoling fact that I am supporting women in the arts (LOL) since many of the writers and producers of Off the Map are women (though IMDb suggest that are an equivalent number are men, I maintain that all the important people are ladies).
- DRAMA DRAMA DRAMA. I get to watch hottie doctors having very serious and dramatic conversations with other doctors and patients. I know this isn’t how people talk in real life, but it’s making me become better at picking out the natural and unnatural phrasing in overly-dramatic monologues. Any show that makes me listen to and analyze speech patterns is something worth watching, despite a total lack of believability in either the narrative or the characters.
- My Spanish is improving.
In any case, I plan to continue watching sexy doctor shows until the season finales, but take heart: I will seriously consider dropping Desperate Housewives from the roster. Stay tuned!