New CBS Show “SCORPION” is Mensa Impossible

“Einstein had a 165 IQ", the main character of the new CBS TV Series says. "Mine is 195." 

Cast of SCORPION at Comic Con Convention

I enjoyed watching the previews of the newest possible hit show, called SCORPION, at Victorino Noval’s right along with Walter O'Brien, the real character about whom the show is constructed. What did I like about Walter? Pretty much everything, the guy made me feel smart. Dumb as that may sound a genius who can't communicate with me is just another guy who can't apply knowledge to real life. Walter has taken it all the way with a series which explains his genius! Hell, if you don't get it just watch the show.

The Real Scorpion: William O'Brien

Walter O'Brien is actually a true hero, he pretty much caught the Boston Marathon Bombers, by developing a facial recognition process which noticed the bomber had no look of surprise or fear after the bomb detonated.  He first hit the world news scene at age 13, when he hacked into NASA’s computer system, and has the 4th highest IQ ever recorded.

 

At the Comic-Con convention last month,  Scorpion show creator Nick Santora introduced O’Brien as a man who “has saved the world several times over, things he can’t even tell us about.”

 

The CBS series is a high-octane drama about this eccentric genius and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis, an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen, who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.

Robert "Terminator" Patrick Plays FBI Agent

The first episode is about the group being called upon to solve an Air Traffic Control hack at LAX, with the help of an FBI Agent, played by "Terminator" Robert Patrick. There are 25 airliners or so on final approach without instrument help and all low on fuel. 20,000 people could die if this is not reversed. And fast. I have been enjoying the "Manhattan" series about the lives of the folks who lived in Los Alamos, New Mexico building the Atomic Bomb to end World War ll, and this show reminds me of that one with its mental super hero physicists racing against time and the Germans to enter the Nuclear Age. 

Will both succeed? More to the point is will the SERIES succeed or is it too hip for the room? It also stars Katherin McPhee, who is both beautiful and brilliant.

Katherine McPhee is Pretty Smart in SCORPION

I say yes, since again, the genius is in characters which are well written, and they allow the audience to enter their world. Their bullets are their brains and that is how they fight.  The initial reviews have not all  been very encouraging, but I will bet the real world audience will eat it up. The test will be when it launches on Sept 22.  The ratings, of course, will have the final say, since on Network TV (CBS, in this case), that is the way things go, more so than cable. If they give it a good time slot, and have a little rare network patience, I will bet it will take flight (pun intended). 

O’Brien hopes the series will inspire American corporations to move a few dollars out of marketing into fixing the holes in their own computer systems to avoid terrorist attacks, and in an interview with Irish Central, said,  “Other shows – like CSI, for example – urged a lot of kids to change their majors on what they study. So, five or eight years from now, people might start to study computer science because we made it look cool.”

 

 

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