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Description: The a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel, Game of Thrones) and his team of brilliant misfits, who are the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick, True Blood), who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. While this socially awkward group is comfortable with one another’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, causing them to rely on Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee, Smash), whose young, gifted son, Ralph (Riley B. Smith, The Back-up Plan), translates the world for them. These quirky masterminds have found the perfect job as members of Team Scorpion where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises while also helping one another learn how to fit in.

What We Thought:

Scorpion was never a show I watched when it aired. I only watched it when it hit DVD to review. My parents watched the show with my mom liking it more than my dad. With the show over, there is now a Scorpion: The Complete Series box set out in time for the holidays.

Overall it fit CBS’ tried and true formula, but with a slight twist, it actually skews younger. Most of the network’s procedurals have older characters for an older audience, but this had young genius types with odd personalities and quirks. Think of NCIS but without Mark Harmon and filled with multiple versions of Pauley Perrette’s character Abby. That might also be why it only ran for 4 seasons on CBS, a network known for hour-long dramas that go well over 10 + seasons.

The show featured hour-long stories with seasons connecting overall. They solved crimes others couldn’t and had adventures along the way. Think of it as a 21st Century MacGyver but with more people (and yes I do know there is a MacGyver currently on the air). It wasn’t always as serious as an NCIS or Hawaii 50 so I would compare it to more of a White Collar just with a bigger ensemble cast

My issue with the show is the same issue I have with “nerd” shows like The Big Bang Theory and the Abby character in NCIS. Since the show aired on CBS, it aired to an older audience like my parents. My parents won’t know when characters get a reference wrong or how ludicrous some of the hacking and technology stuff was. These are cliched, stereotypical characters that are awkward and nerdy so older people think all these types of people are real. They also think hacking is typing on a computer really fast and that they are all technology wizards. Stuff like that is what kept me from watching it for fun and not because I had to.

But Scorpion ran for four seasons so if you are a fan, this new complete series box set is for you. It does come with bonus features like Deleted Scenes, Gag Reels, Audio Commentaries, and much more. If you are a fan than this is…

RECOMMENDED!

Cast & Crew:

  • Robert Patrick
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas
  • Katharine McPhee
  • Elyes Gabel
  • Jadyn Wong
  • Ari Stidham
  • Riley B. Smith

Recommended If You Like:

  • NCIS
  • MacGyver
  • The Big Bang Theory

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