TV 411: Scorpion, Season 2 Recap

A thought on these recaps: I haven’t really settled on a way to do these season recaps for TV, which is part of the reason I was unsure about reviewing TV stuff, but I just can’t leave it, you know? So, bare with me while I figure out my voice for TV ;).


Created by: Nick Santora
Pilot Premiere: September 22, 2014
Network: CBS
Introduction: TV 411: Scorpion, An Introduction
Season 2 Hook: A bunch of geniuses freelancing their skills doing part time work for Homeland and Paige and her kiss? Yeah, I have to find out what happens because that’s just . . . yeah. And I’m curious to see more into this bunch of geeks.

Season one left with our crew of geniuses saving their fearless leader from plunging to his doom, in a Ferrari, off a cliff. The tension, the climax, and then a declaration of love to an out-of-it Walter O’Brien!

On that note, we lead into Season 2 with Walter on the mend, not quite 100% yet, with doctor’s orders to take it easy. But who has ever taken things easy? Especially when you’re not used to taking it easy.

Story Arc 1: Walter and Paige
As with any good television show, you’ve got to have your minor story arcs and Walter and Paige is center stage in this series. Walter is brainy, obviously, and has a very low emotional IQ, again obviously, and yet with Paige understanding these idiosyncrasies has started to develop feelings for Walter. Of course, Walter is in the same boat, but being the logical and rational person he is, he lets those dictate most of his thought process when it comes to Paige. And it continues into this season.

Thoughts: This plot line is pretty interesting. I mean, we all can appreciate a blossoming romance right? Especially when it’s one of those yin and yang type, the opposites attract type. And Walter and Paige fits that m.o. to a T, but then it fades into the background, once again, and Season 2 leaves us with Walter chasing after Paige this round. I’m still processing on how I feel about this. I mean, I get whole wanting the relationship to develop across seasons so they both can get to know each other thing. Plus, Walter had a lot of things to process on his own. So, I get it. I’m just trying not let myself think it’s getting overplayed.

Story Arc 2: Toby and Happy
We see the push and pull with this pair throughout season one and well, they take off in season two.

Thoughts: I love this development. Toby and Happy. Who would’ve thunk it? I like how Happy is kind of dropping her walls around Toby and they’re actually testing out a relationship. They’re fun to watch.

Story Arc 3: Meg’s illness
We know that Meg, Walter’s sister is fighting multiple sclerosis. It’s rough and she’s not doing to good. She’s getting worse. And sadly, the disease wins.

Thoughts: Tears! That’s all I have to say. Tears, tears, tears! I mean, sniffs, I really wanted to see her pull through, make a miraculous recovery due to the genius of her brother, and live happily ever after with Sly, but the logical and rational part of myself knew that this was a pivotal point for our team of geniuses. It opens up the crew to emotional processing, especially for Walter O’Brien. It hits and it hits hard.

Those are the major story arcs dotting the exciting parts of solving major catastrophe’s or stopping an international conflict.

New Characters!

So, in addition to our favorite core team, there are a couple of newbies.

Ray Spiewack (Kevin Weisman) – Someone Walter meets while doing community service as his sentence for reckless endangerment (the Ferrari over the cliff? Yep). He ends up staying at the warehouse while he figures out what to do with his life. And I love him! He lightens the mood around the cast of characters and balances out the dynamic of the team.

Tim Armstrong (Scott Porter) – Cabe brings him in on one of their later cases and joins the team as a second Cabe, so to speak. Or, more like if Cabe’s the Captain, Tim is his lieutenant. And I love this addition too, though I’m still cautious on whether I like him joining the series semi-permanently. Firstly, Cabe needs help when it comes to the security of Team Scorpion. He can’t do all the heavy lifting by himself and it’s about time they bring in an extra hand to help him with that. Scorpion can do a lot of things, but sorely lack in hand-to-hand combat or shooting a gun type of skills and some of the cases they take on for Homeland or other big jobs, Cabe could use that extra hand.

Season 2 – Overall: It was a pretty good season. There was lots of stuff happening. Sylvester’s marriage to Megan, Happy and Toby’s growing relationship, and the addition of Ray and Tim. I’m loving the way things are going, even though I’m super sad about Meg. I mean, Cabe and Walter speed dating? Love it. And we see Walter really trying. Befriending Ray, trying to date, actually dating (even though it wasn’t Paige). He’s trying. The whole team is trying new things and I love seeing their development.

I am nervous with the way season two ended. I am so anxious to see how Toby and Happy moves forward with that shocker and I want to see how Sly moves on. He was able to experience love and companionship. He found someone who spoke his language. And while he’s taken Meg’s death much better than his companions, and his brother-in-law, I want to see how his future turns out.

Favorite Episode of the Season: I don’t know if I have a particular favorite in mind, more like a compilation of favorite moments, but if I have to choose one episode I would have to say Season 2, Episode 7, “Crazy Train.” Directed by Jeff T. Thomas, written by Kevin J. Hynes & Nick Santora, this episode was my favorite because of the fact that Ralph was on the train and he was able to show off his mad skills in front of everyone who teases him or treats him differently. I mean, there was a lot of Ralph moments that I love, but something about moving trains at top speeds and Ralph helping stop the train. Yeah, I liked this one.

So, I’ll be patiently waiting for Season 3 and hoping this series can make it past Season 4. I think they could and I hope they can.


TV 411: Scorpion, An Introduction


All right. I was all ready to go ahead and give Season 2 a review when I realized that I never did any posts about Scorpion. Not an intro. Not a single episode review. Not even a preview.

So, here I am. Writing an intro and I’ll have to see if my mind can slow down enough to give a review of Season 1 and Season 2 or I just might have to skip it until I decide to binge watch it again. Sighs.

Creator: Nick Santora
Network: CBS
On air: September 22, 2014 – present

The Hook: A team of geniuses who work for Homeland? Yeah, that’s worth a peek at.

So, the show has successfully made it to the end of Season 3. The over all story arc follows Walter O’Brian, a genius who is the leader to a small team of other geniuses. They start off as freelancers doing the odd job like hooking up security systems and such when they catch the eye of Homeland Security. And that’s when all the magic happens.

This basic plot line has so much potential, as with any crime-solving, problem-solving, mystery-solving story line. Add to that different relationship combinations among a crew of seven characters and you got yourself a self-sustaining show for a few good years.

I also like the broad approach. Instead of only being a murder-solving type of show or an action type of show, you can have things like black market art dealing to operations with MI-6. There is so much to work with you just have to make sure it all makes sense.

Cast of Characters:

Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) – The genius of all genius. He’s good at computer coding and design and math and … well, mostly everything. Or a little bit of everything with computer coding being his forte. He’s the one who kind of took everyone else under his wing and gave them purpose by forming Scorpion.

Paige Dineen (Katherine McPhee) – As with all genius, there is a down side. While they are really smart, they kinda don’t know how to mix with people, which is what Paige is for them. She kind of keeps them in check emotionally, making sure they understand the sensitive side to the clients they’re helping and making sure their clients understand why Scorpion is the way they are.

Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith) – He is Paige’s son and he’s a genius himself. Paige had a hard time understanding some of his oddities until she met Walter, who explained those oddities. I sometimes think of Ralph as Scorpion’s mascot. He’s still going to school and such, but he can also keep up with the team. He helps Paige keep her cool when dealing with Scorpion since a lot of Ralph’s behaviors can be seen among the members, except in overdrive.

Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) – Math genius. He’s good with numbers and can whip out some calculations in less than a minute. And he loves comics! Or, well, Super Fun Guy.

Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong) – Mechanical genius. She’s wicked good with all kinds of machinery. She can whip up just about anything the team needs, machine wise.

Tobby Curits (Eddie Kaye Thomas) – Behavioral genius. He can profile anyone within a minutes. I knew understanding human behavior and such is kind of important, but sometimes that can get over looked when put up against someone like Sylvester, but wow. Watching this show and seeing just how much of an asset someone like Tobby has given me a deeper appreciation for this skill set.

Gabe Callo (Robert Patrick) – Homeland Security liaison. He and Walter have a history and so he kind of pushes Homeland to consider Scorpion for some of the jobs where … well, you need a genius. He’s their muscle. Being a military man, he does the heavy lifting for the crew, in terms of keeping everyone safe that is, and helps Paige in terms of being a translator for genius speak to average human speak.

And I love this cast. They have great on-screen chemistry. The characters feed off each other and create a very real, and very plausible, if not very strange, relationship among crew. They all have something their good at and through their combined efforts they survive life.

And there you have it. The foundation for Scorpion. So, sit back. Relax. And enjoy!