Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Scorpion - Kill Screen

Scorpion is called into action after Ralph (Riley B. Smith) inadvertently reveals the location of a CIA witness and his handlers on the dark web gaming site by breaking a game's encryption and both he and his mother are picked up by an overzealous agent (Spencer Garrett) who believes the kid knows more about hacking the CIA database than he is letting on and may have helped designed the game that allowed the information to be transferred.

To keep the FBI off off Ralph, Walter (Elyes Gabel) and his team will have to find the real hacker which leads them to a game convention where they nab one of the game's creators (Octavius J. Johnson) but not the man responsible for the CIA hack. Grabbing his partner (Lawrence Kao), and the one ultimately responsible for stealing the CIA information and hiding it within the game for his potential clients, before he leaks six more CIA files proves to be far more difficult and forces Paige (Katharine McPhee) into a quandary of whether or not she should allow Ralph to help by doing the very thing that got them into the mess in the first place - playing the game.

Although hiding the information in the game and how it is extracted could have been better explained, "Kill Screen" works largely due to the fact that it fights one of the show's guiding premises that the young genius is being helped by the members of Scorpion. Ralph's arrest also makes Drew (Brendan Hines) less happy about his son's proximity to Walter and his team no doubt laying the groundwork for more hard decisions in Paige's immediate future. While bringing up some legitimate concerns about Walter as an authority figure, the show also offers a brief glimpse into Sylvester's (Ari Stidham) game prowess and a hidden past that delights both Happy (Jadyn Wong) and Toby (Eddie Kaye Thomas).

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