‘Scorpion’ Premiere Recap: Super Smart Superheroes
CBS is slowly stepping into the superhero ring with the launch of Scorpion and the announcement that they will be bringing Supergirl to the small screen. But does Scorpion have the strength to be a breakout hit? Maybe.
The show is centered around a team of four geniuses (computer whiz Walter, mechanical genius Happy, human calculator Sylvester, and master behaviorist Toby) who combine their abilities at a for-profit company. Problem is, they are clueless about surviving in the real world. As gifted as they are, paying bills and keeping the lights on become incredibly arduous. Just when it seems violence is headed their way, government agent Cabe Gallo arrives and asks for their assistance in averting a disaster.
It’s circumstance that led them to Katharine McPhee’s “Paige”, a single mother waitress who is struggling to manage her own gifted son. They use the wi-fi connection Walter (the computer whiz) installed in the diner where she works and begin to utilize the space as a base of operations. Meanwhile, an awkward budding relationship is developing between Paige and Walter.
This mission is all about fixing the air traffic control center which has gone down due to flawed software. So in a flurry of fast talk and technical jargon, the team throws everything they’ve got at the problem. Even still, the only solution ends up being transferring a file from an in-flight airplane to a laptop via an Ethernet cord. How exactly does one accomplish this? Why driving underneath it in a sports car of course.
In the wake of their success, Agent Gallo gives them an offer they can’t refuse. The job: to be on full retainer for him. Walter accepts, but only if Paige is brought on also to anchor them to the real world. See what they did there.
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Scorpion is full of big, bold, and eccentric personalities. Theatrics aside, the show is intelligent with a heart. Just like Marvel’s X-Men, each of the characters has unique abilities that set them apart from society. But as a team they accomplish so much and create a safe haven for each other. This show handles nerd-dom better than Big Bang Theory in that it spends less time gazing at them and gives them space to learn, grow, and evolve.
The show has a lot of potential and could be amazing if managed correctly (though I said the same thing about Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after its premiere and we saw how that turned out). Give this one a few watches to see how it shakes out.
You can catch new episodes of Scorpion Mondays at 9/8c on CBS.
Check out the promo for next week’s show below!
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