Another highly anticipated premiere ran last night and that was “Scorpio”, on the edge of your seat drama where geniuses in major fields combat sophisticated criminals who threatened national and perhaps even world security. Walter O’Brian is the leader of this group, a man with a 197 I.Q. and keep in mind that Einstein’s I.Q. was 166; so that alone should tell what an extraordinary show this is since it is based on true life.
The story line will bring many exciting evenings as these geniuses fight evil doers, and on the side there is a story of a mother –Katharine McPhee- who has a young son she feels is challenged, well yes he is, because he is a genius that doesn’t see his surroundings in a basic manner as the majority of people do, consequently Walter –Elyes Gabel- offers the mother the chance of working with the group as the translator of common day life for the group, while he translates her son’s inner being to her.
It is a humbling story on a premise that has never been seen on television, the dialogue is intelligent and the sarcasm is refreshing, -sarcasm is a sign of intelligence after all-. The characters are all believable intense in their own way, there is of course Robert Patrick, who has known Walter for many years and their relationship has not been pleasant, but he, Patrick, knows that these group of geniuses are the weapons needed to combat criminals that become more and more tech savvy and with a never ending ability to circumvent the law and what is humanly acceptable.
The rest of the team is made up of a human calculator played by Ari Stidham, an expert in body language and psychology Eddie Kaye Thomas, and engineering prodigy Jadyn Wong. In the premiere these four characters were dwelling in a rundown warehouse unable to keep up with payment for basic needs, and just incapable of finding a way to live up to their potential. The offer comes for them to save planes flying over Los Angeles unable to land due to their computer programs being inoperable, the race is on and after taking out power for a large section of the city, tapping into street lights to clear the way for a car, and just about being crushed by a plane, the team manages to save the lives of hundreds of people and get the chance to work for the United States with limitless resources and the assistance of all the technology and intelligence that is available to combat those who try and destroy America’s way of life, security, and sovereignty. The dialogue is intense, the characters are believable and the humor is at an all time high specially from Eddie Kaye Thomas who is for all intents and purposes a goofball, and yet can read people’s behavior by how they behave and knows when to push buttons and when to just make fun of himself. Recaps, episodes, and information on “Scorpio” can be found at www.cbs.com/shows/scorpio
“Scorpio” runs on Monday at 9 p.m. EDT on CBS.