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The Expanse Shows The Limits Of Redemption, And Of Falling

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The Expanse delivered the penultimate episode of its second season, “The Monster and the Rocket.” Once again, it was quite a ride.

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We open seeing Errinwright walking his son to school and effectively trying to say goodbye. He also writes a letter to his other child.

On Ganymede, Naomi offers help to the lady from Somnambulist, who tries to refuse her. Naomi doesn’t take no for an answer, however, and insists on fixing her ship. Since it proves the guy who was doing it until then knew jack about fixing ships, it’s probably a good thing. Maybe.

Jim fanatically follows the zombie terminator into the ruins of a dome, where the Rocinante can barely fit. He does so in spite of all Alex’s warnings to the contrary.

Errinwright has a talk with Chrisjen. She tells him Mao contacted her and she was going to speak to him. He is worried about his children, and gives her his medal to give to his son if it goes badly with him at the hearing.

Jim insists on shooting at the zombie terminator, even though Dr. Meng points out it could be his daughter.

Bobbie is taken to the rendez-vous with Mao. Chrisjen goes with just her and her spy.

The Somnambulist lady finds out that they won’t be able to refill the ship with air, and so they only have enough for fifty-two people. There is over a hundred waiting outside, hoping to escape Ganymede on the ship.

Alex tries to argue with Jim, and Jim pulls rank at him.

Chrisjen and Bobbie arrive to the appointed place, and meet with Mao.

Errinwright has a drink with the Martian Prime Minister. He poisons the drink with some particular kind of poison he himself is immune to. It causes a heart attack, too, so no traces. He also somehow manages to shoot down the Martian black op ship that was flying for the protomolecule scientists. You know, the dead ones.

The Somnambulist lady wants to simply fly away, saying that if they open the door, the refugees will all rush in. Naomi refuses to listen. Amos tries to stop her from going out, but she sedates him and goes anyway. Since there are double doors, the people don’t get in immediately, but she’s almost beaten to a pulp. She manages to convince the guy beating her, however, to help her organise the people. In exchange, she trades places with him. She says she’s motivated by guilt over Eros. She feels sorry she didn’t do more to save the people.

Errinwright’s call interrupts Mao’s talk with Chrisjen. It wasn’t going anywhere anyway, so no great loss. Errinwright tells them he shot down the Martian ship. He announces to Mao that he’s his only friend now, and so Mao will have to cooperate. Then he accuses Chrisjen of grovelling to Mars, and says she’s the real traitor. Guns are drawn, and Mao retreats.

The Somnambulist is flying out, but the Martian quarantine is still effect. They are warned against continuing, otherwise they’d be fired upon. Alex hears that, and tells Jim Naomi and their family needs their help. We get a tense shot of Jim’s face.

The Martians fire a torpedo at the Somnambulist. At the last moment, that torpedo is shot down by the Rocinante. Jim opens a channel to the Martian ships and warns them he’ll shoot them down if they try to hurt them or the Somnambulist. Since, as he says, they’re saving bullets for Earth in this tense atmosphere, he’s not worth the trouble and they let him go.

Review

So, let’s talk about Errinwright.

I have to admit, I thought of (book) Jaime Lannister when I saw that scene, even though their character trajectory is very different. Because Jaime is the character I have most connected with “limits of redemption.”

The thing is, Errinwright is a guy who, at the beginning of this season, effectively condoned genocide. I will not say it is impossible for him to have a complete change of heart and become wholly good by its end. If nothing else, my religious convictions forces me to say everything is possible in this respect. But I will say it was pretty damn unlikely. And Chrisjen asked a lot of him.

Now, to be clear, I’m not trying to shift the blame on her. Errinwright is the bad guy here, without a doubt. But Chrisjen is the naive gal in this situation, or the stupid gal if I am less kind. And that grates.

I said in my review of “Cascade” that she was being pretty hard on him, but that I supposed she knew him well enough for that. I wanted to give both her and the writers the benefit of the doubt. Well, guess what? She didn’t.

But Chrisjen isn’t Naomi, or Alex, or Jim from the first season. She is not naive, and she is certainly not stupid. She doesn’t believe in the good in people, not in the way those above named do. Realpolitik is her daily bread. She should have known—she would have known—that if she pushed Errinwright too hard, he would break.

Morality is formed by habit as much as by choice. The vast majority of people would find it difficult, after thinking only of themselves and their profit for years, to do such a thing as publicly admit their mistake, humble themselves before all the world and accept the punishment, knowing all their friends will turn away from them and that their children will suffer for their mistake, and live their lives knowing their parents were the villains. I know I probably couldn’t do that, and while I’m not an especially good person, I should hope I’m also leagues away from “condoning genocide.” So unless she had particular knowledge to the contrary, expecting Errinwright to go along with what she told him to do was naive and stupid of Chrisjen. And she is not a naive or stupid character. So I take issue with that.

Combined with her going to see Mao with only her spy and Bobbie (whom she hardly knows) as a guard, as well as telling only Errinwright of all people where she was going, I have to ask: what are you doing, writers? This is not the veteran politician I know. A woman who made this kind of mistakes wouldn’t have made it to the UN Deputy Undersecretary. She wouldn’t have survived as long as she has. Give me back the top player from the first half of this season.

Back to Errinwright, though; his part was done beautifully. I know I keep singing praises to Shawn Doyle’s acting, but I can’t help it, he’s perfect. He was perfect every step of the journey he took in “The Monster and The Rocket.” I might prefer to watch him when he’s struggling with his conscience and it’s winning, but he doesn’t do the bad guy moments any worse.

It was written to brilliance, too, to showcase what I’ve just been talking about. Errinwright isn’t a cold-hearted villain at this point. He’s a man who felt pushed into a corner, and so he took what seemed to him like the only possible way out. He probably started a war by doing that, too. But even that was preferable to him than what Chrisjen had lined up. He simply couldn’t take it, because he wasn’t brave enough to face such a complete fall. He was unable to let go of everything that had ever been his life. In this, at least, he is actually very like Jamie. It’s wrong, certainly, but on another level it’s understandable, which is what makes it so brilliant.

Additionally, he didn’t only kill the Martian PM to save himself. He was also saving Earth at the same time, or so he honestly believes. That adds another layer to it, and we could analyse the ways people justify their vile acts to themselves all day. The point is, this had layers within layers, and everything about the execution was great. Except, that is, the part Chrisjen played.

(Well, there is one more little nitpick. I could have done without the villainous monologue when the PM’s seizures started. Errinwright, to my mind, should have simply pretended it was an actual accident, in case the PM somehow survived. But I suppose they needed to make sure the viewers understood what happened.)

In contrast to that stands Jim’s plotline. His fall continued on the same trajectory it started many episodes ago. It’s been clearly shown to be caused by the trauma from Eros. Jim becomes obsessed, and ignores Dr. Meng’s wishes to try and save his own daughter. He has no experience with the zombie terminators, yet assumes they are all killing machines and there’s no trace of the original people left in them. His only goal is to kill them. He becomes what he assumes them to be.

And then Alex tells him that his family is in distress—his family by choice, Amos and Naomi—and Jim throws all that away and goes to save them. Because just as it is hard for a truly bad person to become truly good, so it isn’t so easy for a truly good one to fall all the way down at once.

It was a well done parallel. Jim is not in the straightforward hero territory anymore. He showed very little compassion to Dr. Meng. But he still cares for his friends enough to help them, at least, and that does count for something.

It was also very much in tone with Jim’s original character as the most straightforward hero to be the knight in shining armour who comes swooping in at the last moment.

Of course, it does paint Naomi as a bit of a damsel in distress that needs to be saved by him, but given that she’s on a ship full of refugees, I think it’s not so bad. The focus wasn’t on her surviving, at least not from her point of view. I also appreciated that Alex, when he motivated Jim, said “our family is in danger”, not just “your girlfriend is”. It gives Jim both motivations at once, which is good. For his character arc, it’s better that the reason not be primarily the romantic one. For Naomi and her story, though, it would be better if it was. So they gave us both.

As for said Naomi’s story, she’s the one who’s being the straightforward hero in this tale. She can also be a contrast to Chrisjen in that she made the choice to trust someone, too, bu in her case it paid off.

I would have liked it more had they included something that indicated she realised the very real possibility that she would be killed by the frantic mass of people. Because there was one. When she stood in front of the shut door behind which all those refugees were, I thought of the end of Hyperion, actually. But there, when the lady steps in among the crowds, they tear her to pieces. Literally.

So when Amos tells Naomi that she’ll be killed, I’d have liked her to say something along the lines of “I very well might be, yes.” I don’t mind them scripting the scene differently and more optimistically, but I do mind scripting it so that it doesn’t acknowledge the possibility of it going the other way. I suppose her being beaten before she was listened to served that purpose, but it somehow wasn’t enough for me.

There is also the ethical issue of her risking the life of the Somnambulist lady in this way. They already caused the death of her husband. Didn’t she deserve to be left alone? I know there were the refugees to think of, but I believe this wasn’t so ethically clear cut, and I would have liked the show to acknowledge that much.

We go into the finale next week with “Caliban’s War.” Something tells me it’s not going to be a particularly happy episode.


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Admittedly, I was very annoyed that Avasarala had to hold a huge out-of-character idiot ball for the plot to work, but Errinwright’s side of the storyline is the definitive highlight of the episode. On the one hand, I appreciate what the actor does with this character, on the other, though, he really shouldn’t be prioritised over Avasarala. Background Bobbie stuffing her face with cucumbers and made me smile, btw. On the Roci end of things… well, this was another example of the show creating unnecessary drama where in the book there was none, and I’m never a fan of that.… Read more »

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To All The People We’ve Loved Before: Black Lightning 2×02

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Black Lightning, Anissa, and Jennifer with the phrase Get Lit

Hello fellow Black Lightning viewers! Welcome to this week’s episode, featuring old flames, new flames, hard truths, sad pod people, and a literal round of applause for Thunder. Well-deserved, imo.

Last week, we met Issa Williams, who was killed by police but came back to life and ran away from the family that was now scared of him. Now he’s been captured by Creepy ASA Agent Guy and handed to Lynn to figure out what to do with. Lynn continues to be the real MVP of this show, which is very cool because she’s one of the only main characters without ‘powers’ (except the power she wields over my heart). She’s already dealing with a lot because somehow, a pod kid woke up and broke out of his pod. He killed a lab attendant and himself, and set free a girl named Wendy Hernandez, who can control wind. She runs off, clearly terrified and, as Lynn puts it, having a psychotic break. So, with Wendy creating hurricanes around town and Issa suddenly in her care, Lynn has a lot on her plate.

We also find out that when Issa looks at people, they tell the truth but usually just in a mean way. This leads to very un-fun dinner conversations in the Pierce household, which is temporarily hosting Issa. It’s sad because Issa can’t control anything; he’s just scared and confused and misses his family. On top of that, turns out he could either die really quickly or choose to be frozen in a pod until they figure out a way to stop whatever breakdown is happening in his body due to Green Light.

However, Issa and Jenn have a very sweet bonding moment on the roof, which is cute. Another thing that happens on the roof is that Kahlil shows up trying to apologize-ish to Jenn for being under the control of Tobias and I guess win her back? But when he touches her, she starts to light up, so she turns away and tells him to leave. Poor house-arrested Jenn is really going through it these days.

Luckily, she has a fabulous older sister, and these two have some of my favorite scenes in the whole series. There’s a great one in this episode where they bond over dating and how their period cramps have gone away since they got their powers. Jenn teases Anissa, saying she needs to get back out there, and Anissa DOES.

We learn in this episode that Anissa is very smooth with women, which is fun to watch. However, she comes on a little too strong with uber-rich musician Zoe B, who plays a house party or something where Anissa stands front and center making heart-eyes at her through her entire set. Not even three sentences into talking to this woman and Anissa suggests she play a song for her naked. Um, ok? Y’all know I’m 200% here for queer content but this line feels like some dude wrote it.

Regardless, it’s implied that they sleep together because the next morning they’re both at Zoe’s house, complete with rooftop pool and promises of private jet rides for dinner in NYC. Anissa plays it too cool (and is too busy) to take Zoe up on this insane offer, but they’re very cute together, I’ll give them that. Later, at another party, Grace (!!!) appears in a catering uniform with a tray of glasses, and is none too happy to see Anissa with a new bae.

This. storyline. has not. been given. enough. attention!

Anissa apologizes for not having called in a minute, and I’m over here like, what is happening?! Last we saw Grace they were cuddling in a library, which is the cutest gayest thing in the world! And now we’re just supposed to guess that they had a relationship and/or a ghosting situation? Does Anissa just get bored with relationships easily?

Anyway, Thunder and Black Lightning have to save the world from/help out Wendy Hernandez, who’s still on the loose. Thunder saves a cop trapped in a car in the wake of some destruction Wendy left behind, and everyone cheers for her, which she gleefully indulges with a bow and a bunch of high-5’s. I really like that she’s so excited about how cool she is, but Jefferson thinks it’s more important to be humble and concentrate on the selflessness of their acts. It’s Jefferson who finds Wendy and ends up shocking her, which snaps her out of her psychotic episode. She gets returned to her pod, where Lynn promises that she will work hard to find a way to save her and the other pod people.

Finally, Jefferson finds out that he’s about to be replaced as principal by a white guy, which of course is upsetting for everyone except the white school board. He makes a resignation speech at the school, saying he’ll stay on as a teacher, and is given a standing ovation of support from all the students. It’s very poignant and sweet. Time will tell if the board changes their minds about the principal thing, but either way looks like Jefferson will still be involved with Garfield High.

That’s it for this week! What did you think of this episode? Are you also here for everything the Pierce sisters do together? What do you think of Anissa’s new bae and the situation with grace? Let me know in the comments and see you next week!


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Archie and the Whole Cell Block Rock on Riverdale

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This week on Riverdale, Archie adjusts to his new life in the Big House (Josie’s words, not mine), while Bughead return to their detective roots in “Chapter Thirty-Seven: Fortune and Men’s Eyes.”

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Bbetty and Jughead

We open with Archie’s juvie admission. You know, your usual public undressing, some hosing down, etc. But since it’s Riverdale, it looks more like a Men’s Health photoshoot than anything else. Also no classic squat & cough, cause I guess that’s not sexy enough.

Before getting to his cell, Archie has a brief chat with warden Norton who gives him a, “Don’t rock the boat and we’ll be fine” speech. He also mentions they have a musical room Archie can use so, uh, that’s nice? In the cell, Archie meets his short-spoken cellmate, Mad Dog, who clearly enjoys some privileges in this place: he has a tv, a record player, and some sweet pin-up posters.   

Back at home, the Cooper ladies deal with last night’s drama over some breakfast. After her seizure, Betty was taken to the hospital, where Dr. Patel estimated it was probably caused by high stress. Alice and Polly also assure Betty the levitating twins was nothing but her mind playing tricks. The discussion is cut short by a call from Jughead, who informs Betty that Dilton didn’t make it, while Ben remains unconscious and in critical condition. Later, in school, Jughead tells Betty everything about the Gargoyle King and suggests they investigate the whole thing together.

Meanwhile, Veronica informs principal Weatherbee she’s gonna be taking over Archie’s presidential duties for the school council since she wants to keep everything in place for his return. Unfortunately, Archie’s place has already been taken by Cheryl. Veronica finds her at the locker room where they, along with Josie, have a very convenient argument in their underwear. Cheryl makes some valid points about how just because Veronica is Archie’s girlfriend, she is not entitled to his spot.

Back at juvie, Archie follows his plan of joining the Serpents. It seems to be going ok, until Joaquin—long time no see, buddy!—calls him out on his bullshit. Juvie Serpents apparently are just as tired of their “King” letting all his pals into the gang just as we are. They need Archie to prove his loyalty by shivving a Ghoulie. Archie refuses, and without their protection, gets beaten up by the Ghoulies as a result.

Betty and Jughead bribe a coroner to find out the cause of Dilton’s death. It turned out to be cyanide, mixed in with blueberry soda, which resulted in both boys having blue-tinted lips. They also get a better look at the mysterious symbols carved on Dilton’s back.

While on her way to the hospital to visit Ben, Betty meets the new girl at Riverdale High, Evelyn Evernever, the daughter of the Farm’s leader. Evelyn mentions she was there when Betty had a seizure and promises to keep it a secret. Betty gets out of there as soon as she can.

Evelyn Evernever

Evelyn went to Mona-Lisa school of not being suspicious.

Someone call the news, cause Kevin and Moose are getting a storyline! Their make out session is cut short before even starting when Moose informs Kevin his dad is the new RROTC instructor and is roaming the school corridors. They need to be careful with where they get their PDA on. Kevin feels like Moose is drifting away, continuously ignoring him in favor of his new RROTC pals. As a way to keep close to Moose, Kevin decides to join RROTC as well. What can possibly go wrong?

At the hospital, Betty and Jug find out from Ben’s mother about how friendship with Dilton made him secretive and sneaky. When Jughead notices some creepy Blair Witch doll hanging on the door, Mrs. Button suggests the nice girl with a bow in her hair (aka Ethel Muggs) must’ve left it there. The conversation is interrupted by the news of one of Dilton’s Scouts going missing.

With a little push from Cheryl, Veronica takes it upon herself to involve the Innocence Project in getting Archie acquitted. She asks for Hermione’s mayoral facilitation and the latter begrudgingly agrees.  

Ethel tells Bughead that she’d been dating Ben all summer, spending their free time at the Dilton’s secret bunker in the woods. She promises to show them where it is, but when the couple arrives at the designated meetup place, there’s no Ethel in sight, only the giant creature from the Dilton’s drawing. Fortunately, it’s not very fast, so Betty and Jughead manage to escape.

At juvie, Archie, tired of the gang rivalry and his ass getting kicked, gives a motivational speech to the rest of the boys about sticking it to The Man, and solving all their problems and prejudices with the power of… football? The ever quiet Mad Dog gives him his support and hell, it actually works!

Archie at the juvie

What team?! Wildcats!

Archie mentions the match to Veronica during her visit, so when it’s finally game time, she decides to bring the Vixens for a special cheer performance of Jailhouse Rock. The fun, however, gets interrupted by Hiram, who arrived on the warden’s request. He informs Veronica she’s been banned from Archie’s visiting list and after a subtle nod to the warden, the guards start attacking the boys under a pretense of stopping a nonexistent riot (while the Vixens just kinda… stand there). After getting back to his cell, Archie finds no trace of Mad Dog or his stuff, so he asks a guard about it. The latter informs him that Mad Dog died during the “riot.” That’s what he gets for supporting Archie earlier, I guess?

Betty and Jughead discover Dilton’s bunker, where they find all kinds of stuff: the now infamous roleplay game, Gryphons and Gargoyles, the cyanide, and oh! A missing Scout! The kid is a little out of it and seems to be as obsessed with the game as Dilton and The Crew. Later, Betty and Jug confront Ethel in school, but just as she seemingly starts to crack, she starts having a seizure. Not too different from the one Betty was having herself. While Jughead runs away for help, Betty notices a similar face in the common room. It’s Evelyn Evernever! Just standing there, staring, still not being suspicious.

Cheryl yet again comes through with an advice for Veronica and helps her to find a new way to visit Archie. As it turns out, all you need is a fake id and a cheap ass wig (seriously, how dumb are the people working there?). After Ronnie’s visit, that night Archie gets another, less pleasant one. It’s warden Norton and apparently, he’s so impressed with Archie that he decided to make him his “new Mad Dog.” Whatever that means.

On the other side of the town, we get an actual interesting development. All the major parents, including Fred, Alice and FP, Sheriff Keller and Sierra McCoy, Hiram and Hermione, and even Penelope Blossom, are gathered in the mayor’s office for some unknown reason. Hermione explains that now that the Scout kid is found, he’ll probably start talking, and whatever he says might lead back to them and to the secret from their past. Some of the parents seem a little confused, but when she finally tells them about how Ben and Dilton were found in the woods with blue lips, it’s clear the shit just got real for Riverdale Parents.

After taking Ethel to the hospital, Betty can’t help but think that both of them having out-of-nowhere seizures can’t be just a coincidence. She and Jug decide to check on Ben while they’re there, and to their surprise, he’s awake. They find him sitting at the window sill, speaking nonsense about flipping coins, ascending, and joining Dilton. The episode ends with Ben jumping from the window to his death.

Thoughts

The juvie storyline feels just as contrived and unnecessary as I assumed it would be. The show continues struggling with tone, having trouble deciding if it’s Shawshank Redemption or Cry-Baby. It better not last longer than a couple of episodes, cause I’m bored already.

The Gargoyle King stuff… I’m officially hooked! You already had me at supernatural murder mystery but apparently, parents are now involved?! Sign me up! Can’t wait for the flashback episode! And even more, can’t wait for some Sabrina!

Maybe I’m alone in this, but Kevin was frustrating this episode. Or rather, his writing was. He just seems so oblivious! Moose is obviously not out, his father is obviously no Sheriff Keller, and I think it’s safe to assume the cadets of RROTC are not building a pride float anytime soon. Kevin, sweety, read the room.

This is minor, but Veronica’s fight with Cheryl about the presidency was so ridiculous. The entitlement of it all! But at least they got to argue in their underwear, and it was #confirmed Cheryl owns only one bra.

Speaking of bras, is it just me or the nudity quota was seriously raised for this season? The boobs and pecs keep popping up in the most unexpected places.

Next week promises more Farm stuff, the return of Toni, and some Falice sexy time!


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In Scorpion, I like my women…oppositional

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Scorpion had many flaws and there were plots that could have been handled better. Thankfully with a small exception they were able to write decent female characters which gave us a variety of characteristics and strengths. While leaving the characters on opposite sides of the spectrum.

The waitress liaison

When we meet Paige she’s a waitress at a diner who’s barely getting by. She works two jobs and everything she earns goes to her son Ralph.

We know very little about Paige. There were just a few details that we know. Her father died and her estranged mother is a con women. Their relationship wasn’t the best but they managed to repair it. (Although Veronica leaves at the end of episode 3×14.) Not without leaving some cash for her daughter and grandson. It’s clear to see that Paige tried very hard not to become a mother like her own. She’s very attentive to Ralph’s needs and even though she isn’t aware that he’s a genius in the beginning, she tries very hard to connect with and understand him. She protects her son fiercely.

Paige is a college drop out. During the show she took some night classes in European history to finish her education. Although Paige isn’t a genius, she often contributes some useful ideas to solve problems or offers a comment that helps the others to find a solution.

Throughout the course of the show, she starts understanding and learning more of the science. Her main area of expertise is communication with clients and other people that the team meets. That’s why Walter hired her. She’s supposed to be their liaison to the normal world. She also often takes charge and helps the team to refocus as their minds tend to wander. Paige isn’t a mom only to Ralph—she has to take care of the whole team as they do things like forget to eat.

The waitress had some problems fitting in at the beginning. She didn’t really know her place or role, but with time she became a natural at her job and solidified her position on the team. She did have some trouble with Happy, but they worked it out while dangling on a broken cable in the air.

As wonderful as she sounds, Paige is only human and has flaws like any of us. She is stubborn to a fault and doesn’t like to admit defeat, which doesn’t always sit well with Walter. She can be overprotective of Ralph. Paige has abandonment issues. They can originate from her mother or Drew leaving her when Ralph was little. She was also cheated on. Even though she had abandonment issues, she often used her own fear against Walter who has the same problem. She left him at the end of season 1…which was understandable since Ralphs life was in danger but after that she did it again. Sometimes she lets her emotions cloud her judgement.

Paige is the epitome of a struggling single mom who pushes trough no matter what. Most of her actions are dictated by her heart and the love for her son. Although flawed, she is an excellent example on how to master life’s challenges

The mechanical prodigy

Happy Quinn is a genius mechanic with a rough exterior. She often seems as if she doesn’t care or feel. It’s not true because under the tough shell hides a loving women.

She grew up in a foster home after her mother died. She didn’t see her father until she grew up and found him. Her dad (Patrick) has an Auto repair shop, which can be viewed as the source of her mechanical talent. Repairing stuff is also how she bonds with him.

Her father isn’t the only special man in her life. She shares a profound bond with Cabe, who has kind of stepped up to the role of her father. He was the one who gave her away on her wedding.

Although she may not seem like it, she cares about a selected few very much. Especially team Scorpion. She nursed Walter back to health after he spent some time in the rabbit hole, showcasing her gentle side. She even married him so he didn’t get deported to Ireland.

Happy shared a special relationship with Toby. They got married after she divorced Walter and planned to start a family together. They tried to get pregnant but even then they met another obstacle. Sadly we’ll never know how that plot ended because of the shows cancellation, but I digress.

What I find special about their relationship is the strong foundation in friendship and how well they know and trust in each other. Toby is the only one who didn’t abandon or betray her.

Happy is a representation of every women who makes it in a field dominated by man and was hurt by life. Regardless of that she, was able to build a family and gain success.

The new chemist on the block

We meet Florence as the new chemist who moves to the building next door to the garage. She isn’t a genius, but she’s very smart. She started her own company but lost it. She then moved to start a new business venture.
She can’t really get along with the team in the beginning. Within the course of the show, however, their relationship starts to get better.

Personally, I didn’t enjoy this character. She was created to be a competition to Paige and to show a really smart individual who isn’t a genius but has the same problem as them. Sadly the character comes off as inexpressive and bleak. Her story and problems didn’t manage to get my attention or interest me.

I enjoyed her growing relationship with Sylvester, but it went down the drill since Flo had to have a crush on Walter. The character had potential and maybe with time she could grow on me but alas we’ll never know

The genius whispering sister

Megan was Walter’s older sister. She was a sickly child with a happy attitude. She was one of the few people who understood or tried to understand Walter and build a relationship with him no matter how different he was. She was very ill. She had multiple sclerosis (MS), which eventually killed her.

Even though she was deadly ill, she soldiered on and always saw the glass as half full. She was always kind and lived her life to the fullest. Megan inspired everyone around her, and comforted them when needed. This included Walter and Sylvester in the same episode, at one point (1×12).

She always supported and stood by Walter. Megan was her brother’s biggest cheerleader. Being ill didn’t stop her from having her own opinion. She didn’t want to be on a respirator and she got her way.

Something worth mentioning is her relationship with Sylvester. This particular romance was sweet like a middle school one—the feeling was strong and build on a foundation of trust. Megan gave Sylvester enough strength and courage to go against Walter’s wishes and marry her. Even if they only had a short time together, they were very happy and Megan died having lived a full life.

Megan was the character that showed us that even in the darkest times there’s always hope and a chance to be happy.

Although the woman of Scorpion are on opposite sides of the spectrum, they are united by one characteristic. Strength. Every female character showed strength in her life and soldiering on, making them prime examples on how to handle obstacles.


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