Here’s the sort of stakes that the members of Team Scorpion faced on the second hour of tonight’s “Scorpion” premiere on CBS. They had to figure out a way in which to save hundreds of soldiers, potentially thousands of people, and figure out a way to stop fighting with each other at the same time. Cabe had to assure his colleagues that his team could handle what we can basically call “Mr. Robot Extreme,” a battle of hacking to ensure that a missile was redirected at the last minute.
Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the crazy pipeline scenes with Paige and Happy, Sylvester’s gambling leading to a less-than-fortune circumstance where his life was in danger, or Walter running the risk of Paige wanting to throw him into the nearest pit over his decision to completely ruin the trip with Tim.
Our heroes eventually did save the day, and it’s kind of funny that in the midst of all of their high-stakes life-saving the main message we got out of this is “being alone sucks.” This was what Sylvester uttered when he reminded everyone that he was so desperate to be away from the awkwardness that he went off and did his own thing. When he returned home at the episode’s end, he demanded that the other members of the team try to fix their conflicts. That didn’t completely work, but there were signs that went in a positive direction. Happy is still trying to fix the issue of her past marriage; unfortunately, this episode didn’t have the time to focus much more on it. Toby eventually will come around and be patient.
Meanwhile, Walter realized that there is nothing good that will come out of him trying to sabotage things with Paige, and is instead trying a slightly different strategy of wishing her and Tim well. We don’t imagine him being quiet about his own feelings forever, but if he actually does want to have a shot, he may either have to let this play out or come up with a more considerate way to share how he feels.
As a whole, we’d say that this was a worthy part two to the “Scorpion” premiere, though we do admit we would have preferred even more comedy since almost all of it was fairly-relentless action. Grade: B.