Scorpion

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Staggeringly popular, this new drama averages 15 million viewers, and it’s easy to see why. At times a rip-roaring thrill ride with fast cars, helicopters, airplanes and high tech gadgetry, and sweetly poignant or hysterically funny at others, Scorpion‘s freshman season has been tremendous. A group of genius misfits, whose only fault was choosing to call themselves ‘Scorpion’ (hey, at least it wasn’t ‘Swordfish’), band together for support and work for Homeland Security. The credits introduce you to Walter, a mastermind with an IQ higher than Einstein’s; Happy, a mechanical prodigy; Toby, a psychology guru and expert behaviorist; and Sylvester, who is described as a human calculator. As with many people of higher than normal intelligence, they are socially awkward and tend not to understand things instinctive to others. This is why they have Paige, an ex-waitress who helps them de-crypt the world. She not coincidentally has a genius son, Ralph, whom the team “adopts”. Along with their appropriately gruff Homeland Agent Gallo, Scorpion works to tackle cases nobody else can touch. Their minds work in slightly different channels than most, and their antics are both interesting and very funny. There’s lots of witty banter and of course, cool technology.

Fortunately you needn’t be super tech-savvy or gifted mathematically to enjoy the show. While I am a bit of a nerd, my forté has never been the realms of numbers or science.  Words and music are the languages I prefer. However, I understand what it is to not quite fit in, to be a little different. This marvelous show celebrates what makes a person unique, honors their gifts and accepts their shortcomings. It’s ridiculously entertaining while also being enlightening and you can’t help but root for the team both personally and professionally. There are the odd missteps, such as the mysterious loss of Walter and his sister’s Irish accents and some liberties taken in the name of artistic license, but the first season has been a hoot and I’m looking forward to the second. – BETHANY

[Update:  Regrettably, the second season of this show has become a bit of a disappointment.  The first season was great because the stories focused more on the characters, their personalities, relationships and interactions, whereas season two makes the mistake of making each episode focus on the science.  This wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but the “science” is absolute garbage.  If even I can poke a zillion holes in everything the team says or does, to say the writing is scientifically unsound is the understatement of the century.  Now I realize Hollywood frequently plays fast and loose with this sort of thing, but Season 2 of Scorpion requires you to either be an absolute idiot or willfully ignore basic knowledge in order to enjoy the show.]

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Ralph and Walter (Elyes Gabel) playing with their toys.

Walter has fallen into a snake cage and has to stay perfectly still or the poisonous reptile will strike.  Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate if he’d fallen into a scorpion enclosure?

Walter has a difference of opinion with Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas) while an anxious Sylvester (Ari Stidham) is caught in the middle.

Look out, she’s gonna blow!  Walter, Happy (Jadyn Wong), Sylvester and Paige (Katharine McPhee).

Special Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), ever the stereotypical G-man.

                             Geez, Happy, that’s a pretty big wrench!  At least, I think it’s a wrench.  Mechanics and tools are not my thing, so apologies if this thing is called something else.

The classic ‘go undercover dressed to the nines and do covert operations while seeming to dance’ cliché.

Walter’s secret sorrow, his sister Megan (Camille Guaty) who has multiple sclerosis.  He’s been driven to try and fix it for years and is frustrated by his inability to conquer this particular problem when others are solved so easily.

Well, I think that, er, lovely van has had it.

You see a lot of this stuff in episodes.  I wonder if any of it actually means anything or if it is just made to look good.

The trailer for the pilot of this show is quite good and I think it’s a great way to get a feel for Scorpion:

 

Photos courtesy of K/O Paper Products, Blackjack Productions, Perfect Storm Entertainment, SB Films, CBS Television Studios and CBS (unless otherwise credited in clickable form)

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