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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2014
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 179 Ratings

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  • Summary: Federal agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) recruits Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of geniuses that includes behaviorist Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas); mechanical prodigy Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong); and math wizard Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) to help against national high tech threats.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 22, 2014
    80
    It’s hard to explain why it all works, except it does.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 22, 2014
    67
    It's a dumb pilot directed by "Fast & Furious" franchise caretaker Justin Lin, which means there are multiple car chases that kick ass, including one near the end that's as fun as it is completely ridiculous.
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 15, 2014
    50
    It’s just another case-of-the-week procedural, and McPhee seems out of place.
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 22, 2014
    50
    A very good idea but executed in the pilot with too much sap and manipulation.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 19, 2014
    42
    There’s considerable techno-talk in the premiere episode, with little of it making much sense.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 17, 2014
    40
    Well, this is a pile of nonsense, but at least it's more or less inoffensive nonsense.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 19, 2014
    0
    It’s a show about geniuses that gets stupider and stupider until it explodes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 95
  2. Negative: 47 out of 95
  1. Sep 23, 2014
    10
    Normally, I agree with the critic reviews. However, based on the pilot this show was a 10. Don't know why we view this show so differently.Normally, I agree with the critic reviews. However, based on the pilot this show was a 10. Don't know why we view this show so differently. It does have the possibility of becoming mundane, but if they have complex problems to solve every week, and not your crime of the week, it could be great. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    Its honestly a terrible shame to see zero's for this tv show. This is a fantastic show that has it's own flaws, but also have plenty of thingsIts honestly a terrible shame to see zero's for this tv show. This is a fantastic show that has it's own flaws, but also have plenty of things that easily make up for what it lakes.

    Writing: The writing is simultaneously extremely good and extremely bad. As far as writing out smart characters, they do a terrible job. Its almost as if you're looking at someone who is repeating a fact that they read "Ah, it says here that the smartest people in the world are socially inept" and so they have their characters talk about being socially inept every episode, without actually showing it.

    On the other hand though, it excels at creating unique situations, and having them solve those problems. Sometimes they reach extra far to include the skills of everyone on the team for every problem, but overall its entertaining, provides happy feelings, and a solid story. More then enough to ask for from a tv show.

    Acting: The acting is believable but not over the top. Don't expect all-star performances, but it's certainly better then 50% of what it currently on tv, and it won't distract you from following the show

    Filming: The filming is on the higher end of things. They actually capture the action and what is happening, rather then diluting the plot with stupid special effects. You can always follow the story without having to deal with the nonsense of the filming.

    In reality, I would only rate this show an 8.5, and not a 10. But after reading the nonsense in the multiple Zero's posted, I feel as though it needs a 10 just to balance out the stupidity of the other reviews. I would recommend watching more than the pilot episode before making your decision, and I would recommend not attempting to judge the tv show on their jargon/interpretation of intelligence (You will never find a show that does a good job)
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  3. Dec 26, 2014
    9
    It's very fun to watch. Sure, they tend to use given "formulas" but it's still enjoyable. Some critics should chill a little, just get aIt's very fun to watch. Sure, they tend to use given "formulas" but it's still enjoyable. Some critics should chill a little, just get a popcorn, and enjoy the ride. I'm just wondering WHEN will Ralph get to help in one of their cases. Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2014
    4
    Great idea, but poor execution! I was really looking forward to this show, but was super disappointed after watching. A great concept ofGreat idea, but poor execution! I was really looking forward to this show, but was super disappointed after watching. A great concept of putting geniuses together to solve problems, was ruined by a plot that lacked any realism or common sense. I had no problem with the quirky characters, which was actually the only upside for me. Believability is important for a show like this, and was absent for this episode. Airplanes unable to find a place to land because of computer and communication problems....so they'll just run out of fuel and crash? Going to shoot them down to save lives? Ludicrous! If the producers and writers don't get real, this show is gone before Halloween. Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2014
    2
    Updated: the second episode is now out, and maybe worse than the pilot. 'Single Point of Failure' is an apt term for this show, since theUpdated: the second episode is now out, and maybe worse than the pilot. 'Single Point of Failure' is an apt term for this show, since the writers are the single point of failure. It continues to amaze me that people (the average viewer) will accept fantasies like a person walking up to a random laptop and within seconds of furiously typing on the keyboard, terminal windows come up as the person is magically writing code (all of which is nonsensical, if you watch the method names) which streams up the page and the genius quickly concludes that the virus is unique to this one laptop. I mean, MAYBE 3-4 seconds later. Seriously? CBS, you need to either jettison this show (which would be a shame) or jettison the writers. I vote to eject the writers. I'm dropping this from a 3 to a 2. When it gets to 1, I just quit.

    Originally: Sorry, I really wanted to like this, but it's so poorly written! The writers try to use big words and phrases and hope no one notices, and hope that we all just go along for the ride. However, anyone slightly tech-savvy will groan every time they hear something silly like "after I update the antenna driver to boost the signal" or "the backup will be overwritten in three minutes" or make assumptions like "restarting the server will be immediate."

    What's shocking is that this is the same network that produces Big Bang Theory, and who employs a talented and smart panel of writers who are VERY tech-savvy. Everything is checked with a physicist to make sure it's correct, the writers all call each other out over ridiculous ideas, and they ground their tech in reality, and THAT is what makes the show funny and believable: it's authentic, even for the super geniuses.

    Scorpion's writers don't seem to have the same funding. Their solutions are just ridiculous, and anyone with HALF their IQ will recognize it. Unfortunately, that aspect totally detracts from the show and story line, making it nearly impossible to watch the show without chuckling sadly about how stupid and unbelievable it is. I mean, if you consult with any FAA expert, you'd find that there are dozens of backups for how to get planes down with zero communications. The assumption that you'd need an expert computer hacker within 57 minutes to reboot the entire system, or 57 planes come crashing down, is just 57 ways of ludicrous.

    The actors themselves seem to do a great job and are likable (although the Asian girl is really hard to understand, like she's got paper in her mouth or something...), the general story concept is great, and KMP is a great cast for the show (as is her son), but it's just too implausible to make it stick.

    I will give it two more episodes, but at this point, I don't hold out much hope. Throw out your lazy writers and get talented new ones, with experts in the field, and then you will have a smart show.
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  6. Mar 23, 2015
    1
    One long and unending blowjob to Walter O'Brien and his unverified 195 iq. This show has no natural chemistry between the cast or characters.One long and unending blowjob to Walter O'Brien and his unverified 195 iq. This show has no natural chemistry between the cast or characters. Highly improbable simplistic stories that contradict. Internal logic Expand
  7. Nov 14, 2014
    0
    The worst drama/action show I have ever seen. Think Glee (after they very quickly jumped the shark) + the worst of procedural drama... Scary,The worst drama/action show I have ever seen. Think Glee (after they very quickly jumped the shark) + the worst of procedural drama... Scary, right? The show falls flat in all aspects, the characters suck, the writing sucks and hence you are not given any incentive to keep watching. It is definately one of the best examples of 'so bad it's good' but it manages to spoil that also by buckling under the weight of its abysmal dialogue. I was looking forward to see Robert Patrick back on the screen and he does a fine job of tackling the monstrous script but this is so beneath him. Expand

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