Here's a mini-review that applies to the second episode also:
The Canadian show depicts a war that the US is still currently waging. However this aspect is used more simply as a backdrop while the show concentrates on the more typical medical drama aspects. The cast is all around likable and talented enough and Borth is charming enough to get by.
The pilot was pretty basic and lacked substance although I do see potential in certain story lines. Overall it felt old fashioned brought nothing new to the table. With a little more imagination I'm sure this show could do just fine, however there is so far not much incentive to return to the show.
A review of the second episode:
Combat Hospital Review: "Enemy Within"
It's not terrible. In fact, the cast is quite likable. ... What I'm looking for from Combat Hospital is drama, though, and I simply don't feel it. It's set in a war zone. I want to feel that intensity, but just isn't there.
Joe, the new special ops guy, is cute. He and Rebecca certainly have some chemistry and I hope to see more of it.
I guess you might mistake a brown-skinned Native American for a brown-skinned native Afghan. Especially in a harried hospital where you don't have time to think. I believe Afghanistan as a crossroads of Asia, has many different ethnic types from Iran, Russia, Pakistan, India, and China. Beach's vaguely Asiatic look might pass muster.
Anyway, it's nice to see a TV show set in Afghanistan. But don't the producers understand that TV has done generic hospital shows to death? Combat Hospital is forgettable for the same reasons Off the Map was forgettable. Without such characters as Hawkeye Pierce, Hot Lips Houlihan, and Radar O'Reilly, it has little or nothing to offer.
For more on Adam Beach, see Adam Beach in Arctic Air and Adam Beach the Comedian.