Scorpion, Season Two (2015) – Lighthearted, Intelligent CBS Drama with Heart

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

When a show comes along that manages to entertain with smiles while simultaneously ripping our hearts out, this is a story medium that earns my respect. One such show is CBS’ (a powerhouse network at my house) Scorpion.

Team Scorpion is among the brightest in the world. If you’re Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel), you’re a man with a 197 IQ and you’re always the smartest guy in the room. It’s Walter who assembled the team known as Scorpion, a team that works closely with Homeland, and their handler, Agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick).

The rest of the ensemble team is also geniuses, all in specific fields. There’s mathematical (and germ phobic) genius Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham); mechanic and emotionally unavailable, Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong); Toby Curtis (Eddie Kayne Thomas), the shrink who analyzes them all; and then there’s Paige (Katharine McPhee). Paige is the lone ordinary in their group. She’s the single mother of a genius son who helps Scorpion understand the world and they in turn, help her with her son.

Together, they are Scorpion. And together, they solve some of the most mystifying cases.

The sophomore season of CBS’ interesting drama premiered to (mostly) positive ratings which propelled it into its second offering. A journey that has been, in my opinion, some of its best writing yet. The story has undergone shifts and changes, particularly in the emotional payoff. All of which are wonderful experiences (and if you watch this show, you know precisely what I mean by this). Props to the writer’s for stretching these characters. For challenging them. They’re “stuck” more in their comfort zone than most characters, and it’s a joy to see them evolve.

When this series began, everyone was closed off and private, which is where Paige’s skills come into play. She’s the one with “human” emotions how-to. She’s the one pushing everyone else to open up and express their feelings; in more ways than one. She wants them to, not only realize it’s okay to be vulnerable, but to also see things and people as more than mere puzzles to solve with equations. I love that Paige pushes them. I love that she sometimes “saves the day.” I love that she’s right there for them when they need this nudge, and I love that sometimes, they are there for her in unexpected ways. The long and short of it is, I love how they’ve gelled as a functioning team who’ve come to realize the value in emotion and people.

Those who wanted more emotion or (could be) ship possibilities will find this season is written for fans. From the two potential ship couples to new characters, this season is gold. I love how “out of the box” unusual it is, and that it gives its viewers a puzzle without losing itself to darkness like the crime drama genre generally does. This season we see Walter sentenced to community service (what??), a hilarious new (unofficial) team member in Kevin Weisman (Alias) and a beautifully emotional story between Sly and Megan (Walter’s sister).

The cast ups the ante this season, and brings their A-game to their characters. From the more experienced cast to those who are relative newcomers to the industry, they are each memorable. I like the chemistry between them as a team unit and as pairings. Then there’s the late-to-the-party edition of Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie) who is added as a complication, but doesn’t play the stereo typical role despite his being an “irritant” to a specific plot.

If you liked season one, you’ll love this second season. Despite the fact that it’s now outdated (because I’m forever behind on TV binges), taking the chance to fangirl over this show was too much temptation to fight. Between its ships (#Waige, #Quintis), humor and many qualities, this show is a comprised of unique DNA that is hard not to love. It’s smart, entertaining and above all, fulfilling. The backstories make us cry, the present makes us proud, and the cases keep us on the edge of our seats. What more could we ask for? Nothing I’d venture to say.

Content: Scorpion tends to be one of the cleaner shows on TV. Tense situations crop up, and there are gunfights (rarely, if ever, graphic). There may be some minor innuendoes here and there; some commonplace profanity, but overall, it never abuses its TV14 or TVPG (depending on the episode) rating.

Photos: CBS

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