‘Scorpion’ is an action drama television series which is available on CBS. Developed by Nick Santora, the show is loosely based on the life of one its executive producers, Walter O’Brien, and follows O’Brien and his friends as they solve complicated global problems and try to save lives. For those unaware, real-life Walter O’Brien was the source of much controversy, and has made claims which range from him having a genius IQ of 197 to him hacking NASA’s mainframe during childhood. However, most of these claims are contested, and many publications have claimed to have proof that O’Brien’s assertions were nothing but falsehoods.
A pretty old show, Season 1 of ‘Scorpion’ premiered on September 22, 2014, but it did not find much favour among television critics or viewers. Regardless, CBS renewed the show and Season 2 premiered a year later on September 21, 2015, and was received more positively than Season 1. Subsequently, Season 3 made its way to viewers’ screens on October 3, 2016, and it was followed by the premiere of Season 4 on September 25, 2017. While fans of the show had all been waiting for news on a fifth season, it has been confirmed that CBS has cancelled the show. Here’s everything we know about it.
Scorpion Cast: Who is in it?
Being a show which has spanned four seasons, ‘Scorpion’, unsurprisingly, has a long list of cast members, with the main cast members playing characters in Team Scorpion.
In the show, Elyes Gabel plays the role of Walter O’Brien, a genius with an IQ of 197 who was arrested during his childhood for hacking into NASA’s mainframe. Katharine McPhee, meanwhile, plays the role of O’Brien’s team’s office manager Paige Dineen, who simplifies real world problems for the team of geniuses who, in turn, help Paige understand her genius son, Ralph. Further, Eddie Kaye Thomas plays genius Harvard-trained psychiatrist Tobias “Toby” Meriweather Curtis, who serves as the behaviourist of the team. Others in the team include Jadyn Wong as gifted mechanical engineer Happy Quinn, Ari Stidham as gifted mathematician and statistician Sylvester Dodd, Robert Patrick as former US Marine and FBI operative Agent Cabe Gallo, and Riley B. Smith as Paige’s genius son Ralph Dineen.
Additionally, the show has dozens of recurring cast members, some of whom include Camille Guaty as Walter’s sister Megan O’Brien, Brendan Hines as Ralph’s biological father Drew Baker, David Fabrizio as Director of Homeland Security Paul Merrick, Andy Buckley as billionaire technology mogul Richard Elia, Jamie McShane as Happy’s father Patrick Quinn, Joshua Leonard as former Team Scorpion member Mark Collins, Alana de la Garza as Adriana Molina, Kevin Weisman as Walter’s friend Ray Spiewack, Peri Gilpin as Deputy Director of Homeland Security Katherine Cooper, and Lea Thompson as Paige’s mother Veronica Dineen.
Scorpion Plot: What it is about?
As far as the plot of ‘Scorpion’ is concerned, the show, in essence, is a procedural and follows the trials and tribulations of Team Scorpion as they solve complex, hi-tech global threats in a bid to keep humanity safe. Team Scorpion, as is evident, is a team of highly intelligent and skilled people from different backgrounds, and the team, using their diverse skill sets, tackle myriad problems of terrifying complexity primarily for the Department of Homeland Security. In some episodes, we also see Team Scorpion taking on assignments from private individuals and organizations.
Although Season 1 of ‘Scorpion’ did not find much favour among critics, The Hollywood Reporter was an exception, and the publication praised the pilot of the show, writing, “It’s a solidly constructed CBS drama pilot per usual, though it’s overly sentimental in this first hour, pandering and a lot broader than it probably needed to be. But the cast is good and the pilot’s over-the-top nature (there’s an airliner involved) hints at a combination of nerd babble mixed with action and that’s not the worst thing you’ll see on TV this season.” Famed publication Roger Ebert too was not very skeptical about the show, and wrote, “It’s a well-paced diversion after a long Monday night. If you don’t think about its underlying exploitation of mental illness, it’s easy enough to get lost in and forget about the troubles of the real world. And given the lack of truly challenging, intelligent programming on the networks this year, just a chance to escape may be all we should expect.”
As far as general critical reception goes, Season 1 of ‘Scorpion’ managed a poor score of 42% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the critics consensus reading, “Typical procedural plotlines and boring characters using a distracting amount of geek-speak make Scorpion a forgettable show without sting.” Season 2 managed a much better score of 80%, but subsequent seasons of the show are not rated on the website. As far as viewers are concerned, ‘Scorpion’ appears to have impressed viewers, and the show has a decent overall rating of 7.1/10 on IMDb, based on over 42,000 votes.
Scorpion Season 5 Release Date: Cancelled or Renewed?
‘Scorpion’ Season 4 premiered on September 25, 2017. While Season 1 of ‘Scorpion’ had a good average viewership of 13.63 million according to Nielsen, the show’s viewership declined consistently over the years. Season 4, when it released, clocked an average viewership figure of 8.38 million, but despite being impressive in absolute terms, it fared poorly in relative terms, becoming one of the least watched scripted shows on CBS at the time.
It was thus not surprising when CBS, on May 12, 2018, announced that it had pulled the plug on ‘Scorpion’ for good and that no new seasons would be commissioned. So, unless some other network picks up the show, ‘Scorpion’ Season 5 is not happening.
While there are no new seasons of ‘Scorpion’ to look forward to, here is a sneak peek into the Season 4 finale to give you a glimpse into the show in case you’ve not watched it and are interested in trying it out.
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