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Scorpion - S01E01

Action . Drama

When a crisis at LAX leaves dozens of airplanes unable to land, the government enlists a team of misfit geniuses to save the day.

Episode Title: Pilot
Airs: 2014-09-22 at 09:00 pm
  • Margaret Lyons

    Scorpion tries to get action-heavy in its final act, with the brain trust preventing an aviation disaster at LAX, and for a brief interlude, the show has a glimmer of momentum--but it's undercut by how ludicrous the whole setup is, how unnatural the dialogue is, and how impossible it feels to care what happens to any of these people.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    The addition of a misunderstood, brilliant kid belonging to a diner waitress unconvincingly played by Katharine McPhee doesn’t help.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Brandon Nowalk

    Scorpion feels like a world cut down to types.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Well, this is a pile of nonsense, but at least it's more or less inoffensive nonsense.

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    If Scorpion were better suited to today’s TV landscape instead of bringing to mind a TV series from 30 years ago, it could be an of-the-moment series worth watching. But it’s not.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Old-fashioned acting is too often replaced by the never-exciting sight of someone poking urgently at a computer. Scorpion tries to compensate for this with a high-adrenaline pace, but that can lead to its own kind of weariness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    There’s considerable techno-talk in the premiere episode, with little of it making much sense.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    The plot is slight, the resolution a laugher and the characters basically stick figures. Scorpion has its fun moments, but not enough of them.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ray Rahman

    Given the times, TV is overdue for a clever hacker thriller. This is not it. [19/26 Sep 2014, p.127]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s just another case-of-the-week procedural, and McPhee seems out of place.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s a well-paced diversion after a long Monday night. Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    The show isn’t terribly believable.... The cast is fine, except for McPhee.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    The participants in this mildy fun yet wholly disposable exercise would be wise not to dwell on calculating their chances of network survival.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Conaton

    For all the characters’ feeble development, though, Scorpion doesn’t drag. And Lin’s action sequences at the end look great as well as ludicrous.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    [A] derivative but diverting caper.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    A very good idea but executed in the pilot with too much sap and manipulation.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    Eddie Kaye Thomas is fun as the occasionally felonious brainiac psychologist, but the rest of the characters are pretty one-dimensional, that one dimension being their social awkwardness.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    Scorpion has a really cool and grabby pilot that moves at a jolting, jackrabbit pace. But the episode has the unmistakable aura of a magic trick.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sarah Huggins

    All in all--the action will draw viewers in and the loveable characters will keep them for the long haul.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's a dumb pilot directed by "Fast & Furious" franchise caretaker Justin Lin, which means there are multiple car chases that kick ass, including one near the end that's as fun as it is completely ridiculous.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    They [the Scorpion team] may be absurd, but they're enjoyable as long as you don't think about them too deeply. (Or, in the case of a final stunt with a car and an airplane, at all.)

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It’s hard to explain why it all works, except it does.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kristi Turnquist

    The brainy nerds are a stereotypical band of socially awkward types. Not helping lighten the cliché load is Katharine McPhee as the mother of a boy who's also a budding tech prodigy.

    The Oregonian Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s a show about geniuses that gets stupider and stupider until it explodes.

    Washington Post Full Review