Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Scorpion - Extinction

Scorpion returns for a Fourth Season with the first-half of a two-part episode that sends the Scorpion to Norway to plug a methane gas leak which their old frenemy Mark Collins (Joshua Leonard) believes could be the first domino to start an extinction event for all life on Earth. Leave it to Scorpion to bring out the most outrageous stakes ever for the start of a new season. Needing Collins help, the team heads overseas where the the "changed" man slowly begins to sew seeds of discord among the group including between Walter (Elyes Gabel) and Paige (Katharine McPhee). While the episode plays the character down-the-line without concluding one way or the other on how much he has changed, I'm fully expecting a full-on villain turn for Collins in next week's conclusion (which would be a mistake as the character could be far more interesting in his current role as a potential recurring guest).

There's quite a bit going on, a little too much to be honest, so Sylvester's (Ari Stidham) crisis at discovering his life hasn't amounted to much among his friends and peers and he has little to show for the short time he spent with his wife gets brushed aside as little more than filler between the A and B stories of fighting to save the world and Collins creating mischief. That said, seeing the man electrocuted multiple times is somewhat fun. The episode offers plenty of small moments for each character but also has me a little worried about just how much relationship drama we could be in store for this year. And as for that bizarre musical number, the less said the better.

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