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Scorpion 1.11: “Revenge” Review

Trigger Warnings: hospital scenes and a seizure

After last week’s break, Scorpion returns with a literal bang.

Sylvester triggers an explosive device in a safe factory where “The Ghosts”, an incredibly effective and brutal group of thieves, had killed two of the employees and left bombs inside the safe they cracked to destroy any leftover DNA.

We’ve learned that Sylvester and Walter care about each other deeply. Sylvester feels indebted to Walter for saving him at sixteen, and Walter thinks that Sylvester is the bravest one of their team. This week we learn that Toby has also known Sylvester since the latter was sixteen, and he feels guilty for never paying back Sylvester for a rent payment back in the day who had sold his entire Super Fun Guy comics collection to do so.

And, Happy? Happy’s smashing things in anger.

Cabe, on the other hand, tries to keep Walter’s focus on the case since “[their] boy is in the hospital.” The team’s reactions to stress and trauma are completely in line with what we’ve seen of their characters in the past episodes, and I do really appreciate that, when Toby leaves to take a minute, Happy follows him outside to make sure he’s okay and so that they help each other through their combined anger and pain.

Of course they can’t take the time to grieve because they must figure out where The Ghosts will be pulling off their heist. So Megan stays at the hospital to keep the team informed about Sylvester’s status because he has swelling in his brain. I’m glad that Megan is realistically included in this episode and will continue to be in the show.

Megan’s also a really interesting look into how Walter’s operates since, in the pilot, we learned that Megan is also very intelligent, so she asks the doctors the same questions that Walter would have asked.

Paige is worried about the team not taking a moment to grieve, but the Interpol Agent on the case, Simone, gets through to Walter to help him refocus. They realize that The Ghosts are going after a criminal who double-crossed them in Venezuela. Three of The Ghosts use the five remaining bombs on an armored truck after stealing a metric crap-ton of diamonds, but the team catches up to them after Walter sticks his phone into one of the guy’s bags while Simone has them distracted by cutting them off with her van.

Happy breaks a fire hydrant, which stops two of The Ghosts, leaving Walter and Simone to stop the final guy—Javier.

Who falls to his death because Walter hesitates before reaching out to grab Javier when the fire escape on the side of the building Javier was attempting to scale down, breaks.

Damn. Walter tells Cabe he doesn’t feel bad about what happened afterwards, because he doesn’t have those kinds of feelings (just like how he totally wasn’t pissed after the explosion), and they go to see Sylvester where everyone says hello, and Toby gives him Super Fun Guy comics.

Yet Walter must feel some kind of guilt because he asks Sylvester a “brain teaser”: Could a man of Walter’s weight and with his reach have pulled up Javier?

Sylvester responds that it’s not a brain teaser because he knows what happened on the roof and that Javier would have pulled Walter over too. But—Walter didn’t know that when he hesitated.

And, Walter isn’t the only team member feeling suddenly insecure because Sylvester, who had only ever felt safe with Scorpion, is worried about going back to work and asks Megan not to tell Walter. I really like how Megan and Sylvester’s relationship has developed, even if it was only through the last two episodes. Plus, it appears that the writers aren’t going to just pretend that Sylvester is okay and will (hopefully) continue developing his character, pushing past his fears, unlike other procedurals where sometimes trauma is completely disregarded.

Then again, Happy meeting her biological father has not resurfaced as of yet, so maybe, it will take more time to continue Sylvester’s arc?

Drew and Paige also go out for dinner after the case but it’s obvious to Drew that Paige isn’t focusing on them, so she asks for a rain check. I’m not really sure where the writers are pushing their relationship? Because, so far, it’s pretty obvious that the writers are slowly inching Walter and Paige together, and with last week when Drew mentioned his try out with another state’s team, it seemed that Paige could leave in the future. At the same time, without her, the show doesn’t work, so it’s probably going to be the catalyst for Paige and Walter to start a relationship which if done well could be a really cute relationship. Or it could be the gross, “significant others can fix all of your problems” trope which in the context of Walter being a genius is very ableist.

Overall, I really enjoyed the episode. The procedural aspects where the team figured out what The Ghosts were going to steal were less convoluted then past episodes. It worked much better against the backdrop of a distressed team worried about their family member as compared to plots that have five or six “twists”. Afterall, when the receptionist asks Paige at the end of the episode whether she was friend or family, she responds family.

The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of is that Walter is always the hero who ends up saving the day. Of course, the others help in various ways, but I’m hoping that at some point the other members will get to shine since Walter isn’t the only lead.

That and I’m still not sure what the message about Walter not feeling emotions is supposed to be. Is it that he actually can’t feel emotions like the others obviously do or that he just chooses to hide them? In other procedurals, the protagonists just hide their emotions even though everyone sees that the feelings are happening and in the episodes like this one, everything is tied up nicely with a bow.

The show seems to be moving away from how the first few episodes portrayed the genius characters as being incapable of working with others and incapable of reacting to situations as society expects and moving towards a more “normalized” expectation of what any protagonists would do in a time of stress: they would be angry but push past that to focus on the work.

Grade: A-


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Seher obsesses over show ratings and usually writes about media representation issues. Otherwise, she's at work in the non-profit world using her anthropology and public health training.

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