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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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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

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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: 50 out of 126
  2. Negative: 62 out of 126
  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. Feb 20, 2018
    10
    It's great. It includes a lot of math, physics and science content, and a lot of people enjoy that. Their adventures are unique andIt's great. It includes a lot of math, physics and science content, and a lot of people enjoy that. Their adventures are unique and entertaining. Every episode brings something new for you to watch and relax. It's an amazing show and I hope it stays on for as long as possible. The characters are fun and cool, they make some good jokes. They're also geniuses, which makes it even better to watch. Expand
  3. Nov 22, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Their needs to be a second series!! I love this show! They may say they are really smart but they seem to kinda getting dumber every time! Please bring it back!! Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2016
    4
    Written-for-screen geniuses are becoming textbook archetypes: Never a balance of smart, successful and good looking, no, these charactersWritten-for-screen geniuses are becoming textbook archetypes: Never a balance of smart, successful and good looking, no, these characters require conflict, with the opportunity for underdog wins and showing the bullies up from high school. Thus, they require social problems. Big ones, with impressive (but not obscure) names, and walls to keep the well-meaners out, built up through rough childhoods and curve ball, ptsd-inducing moments in their lives. You don't get to be smart unless you faint trying to order coffee, it seems.

    Out of this mold drops the characters of Scorpion, the ballad of massive intellect standing as America's last line of defense against ridiculous problems involving, most often, the wrong install files, old technology and those foolish enough to attempt using email.

    Elyes Gabel plays Walter O'Brein, boasting an IQ of 197 and social interaction problems which vanish after the first episode, heads up Scorpion, a company of smart people that solve problems too complex for 'normals' (that's you and me).

    He's joined by Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong, who is listed first because she'd be angry otherwise), the teams resident "mechanical genius" who talks about tools a lot with a gab that makes her sound like she's got a mouth full of gum, Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas), behaviorist and mouthy wannabe front man, Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham), the funny fat guy that makes childlike noises and talks endlessly... I think he was good at math too... Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), their gravelly government handler and father figure, and Paige Dineen (Katherine McPhee), the Penny of the group. That's a Big Bang reference, and is somewhat unfair. McPhee actually plays 'professionally insecure Penny', the person Penny would be if her job depending on not telling the not-dumb people how ridiculous their issues are.

    It's best to go no further before stating I'm a Big Bang fan (Nowadays this seems to be something you have to lead with when discussing this sort of thing. Massive polarization exists). But this is important, because Scorpion is too. Huge fan! Its actually hard not to be because, despite what your smarter big brother says, the science in Big Bang is sound, the stories easy to follow and the concept quite natural. Their social interaction shortcomings are also very well realized. Yes, this dropped off later on because, as characters were introduced and their lives evolved, they too grew. Howard is no longer a perv because he has someone that sees the best in him. But remnants remain: Despite his louder nature, Leonard still wrings his hands in a worrisome manner. Sheldon is, and will always be, a tremendously well written and well played character, with parts of him seemingly misaligned that are, in all truthfulness, defective aspects of him that will never be fixed. This evolution is also a key aspect of why it's still enjoyable to watch. Big Bang is not the original if you look hard enough, but is broadly appreciated for a number of very valid reasons. And the writers of Scorpion struggle with their feelings, because they can do smart people better, dammit!

    My biggest problem with Scorpion is a weak one, even I'm prepared to admit, but it's the truth: I don't know anyone like these people. This is important because I do know intelligent people. An assessment of my immediate acquaintance circle reveals that I know a great deal more smart people, statistically, than I should: Aeronautical engineers, Bio-mechs, Doctors, Actuarial Science graduates. This is a product of my territory endeavours, so it's not surprising, but the truth is that smart people, like 'normals', come in every flavour you can imagine. Almost including the characters in Scorpion. Almost. They're broken, and it's got everything to do with the intentional way they've been written. Their issues do not prevent them from functioning, and functioning well, yet we are constantly reminded they are broken, in need of protecting by Super-Walter. You can't have it both ways.

    Scorpion also feels resoundingly racist. In the figurative sense, mind, but nevertheless, not on episode goes by without the reminder that these four (four and half if you count the kid. Name escapes me. Hardly important) are an entirely separate species to the rest of us 'normals'. This backfired, because it comes across as a supremacist attitude, and that's poor.

    The science in Scorpion is concise if a little too textbook, for what it's worth. But none of it is massively clever, which makes the continual 'normal' talk unfounded. What they accomplish with a bit of math is not inconceivable and what Happy occasionally builds is hardly genius. The key word here for improvement would be "spectrum", and appreciating that, even when you have problems interacting with people, being intelligent doesn't make you obnoxious. Thinking you are does.
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  5. Sep 23, 2014
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This show could be so good. The concept is great, the execution is horrible. I wouldn't exactly call Big Bang's focus on Sheldon's social problems subtle, but this show makes it seem that way. They don't show you the character's quirks, they drill them into your head via repetitive, sappy, unnecessary dialogue. We get it, they're smart but socially inept. Heard that story line plenty. Have the actors show us their quirks, their struggles, don't blatantly state it every 5 minutes. That is, unless the actors lack the depth to subtly show us their issues rather than relying on spelling it out multiple times an episode.

    Then there's the issue of the unnecessary action scenes (about what you would expect with a Fast and Furious alum directing). Can't communicate with the pilot of a plane? Call someone on board who is likely to have their phone on, have them give the phone to the pilot, and instruct him to land via phone right? WRONG. They have him fly 8 feet above the ground (again, if he can get within 8 feet, why not land?) while they drive 200 MPH underneath, with a waitress hanging out the top, while the co-pilot climbs down onto the landing gear to hand them an ethernet cable. All so that they can reconnect the radio and instruct him to land.
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  6. Feb 18, 2015
    1
    Where to begin.....First, the acting in general is poor. Watching Katherine McPhee is like watching a robot act. She appears too artificial.Where to begin.....First, the acting in general is poor. Watching Katherine McPhee is like watching a robot act. She appears too artificial. I always enjoy surprises and this is a surprise that the show is still on. Please put it out of its misery. The plots are hard to believe but perhaps I attribute that to McPhees poor acting. She reminds me of the time Vanna White tried acting with similar results. I gave it a "1" for effort. Expand
  7. Jul 20, 2016
    0
    Walter O'Brien does NOT have an high IQ. His IQ claim is self reported.
    And he says he lost the test paper....
    Yeah. Right........ I have
    Walter O'Brien does NOT have an high IQ. His IQ claim is self reported.
    And he says he lost the test paper....
    Yeah. Right........
    I have an IQ of 230 and I lost the test paper too!

    The acting is terrible and script is laughably predictable every single episode.
    Its like they looked at the hit show 'Big Bang Theory' and 'A-Team' but failed miserably to copy them. They have copy/pasted Penny from Big Bang Theory as the sidekick of geniuses is a gal waitress...

    All in all, boring, predictable and not worth watching.
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