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TV Review: SCORPION: Season 2, Episode 1: Satellite of Love [CBS]

Elyes Gabel Katharine McPhee Eddie Kaye Thomas Jadyn Wong Scorpion Satellite of Love

CBSScorpion Satellite of Love TV Show ReviewScorpion: Season 2, Episode 1: Satellite of Love does not disappoint with its cast surprises, plot twists and turns, and a sprinkling of blossoming love. If kissing is the key to the first episode, it is fitting that a Kiss band member makes a cameo appearance, that kissing could infect inanimate objects, and that a kiss could test a friendship.

It has been a long, hot summer for the fans as we catch up with each team member waiting for Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) to rehabilitate his right hand and brain.  Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) is now the Tech Advisor for a TV movie.  While directing a famous rocker, Cabe thankfully gets “the call” from the Homeland Director to get the team together.  Walter is at the rehab when Cabe contacts him about the new assignment.  He does not know that Walter is now AWOL from the doctor’s orders.  At the Scorpion headquarters that Paige has been organizing, Cabe brings the Homeland Director to give the team the update on the mission, and….it is a new face Adriana Molina (Alana de la Garza), or rather an old face (Detective Jo Martinez) if you were a Forever TV series fan!  What a nice surprise.  Unlike the previous Director Merrick, she tells them that she wants them to be successful.  Finally, some support for the team.

But back to the mission – a Russian nuclear-powered satellite has gone off course, and it is headed toward 10 million people in Southern California.  With no information from the Russians on how to alter the course, it takes all the skills of the team, including stopping a virus that was transmitted to the satellite control program, finding a “right-hand” person Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee) to get up close and personal for Walter, and to watch the ever-determined, eavesdropping doctor Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas) drop one liners while tending to his favorite patient Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong).  Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) has to give up his “serious” collector items to focus on his mathematical abilities, and Paige’s son, Ralph Dineen (Riley B. Smith) is safely tucked away in Maine with his father Drew, unaware of what is going on with his favorite mentors.

When Page realizes that Walter’s mental abilities are not yet 100% due to last season’s accident and because Walter’s right hand is still in a brace, she offers to team up with Walter and act on his behalf.  Typing for him was helpful, but pushing the wrong button on his laptop displayed more than Walter wanted to share now what everyone knows.

And when their plans to stop the downward spiraling satellite are thwarted by misinformation and politics (it is an election year), what are the chances of having a weather balloon on the military base so that someone… can get close enough to send a bomb to the satellite.  Time for the newly formed team of Walter and Paige who continue to be thrown together to buckle themselves into a very tiny capsule and send a bomb to the ever-nearing satellite.

First show of the new season?  Tough night – Dancing with the Stars is back, and the Voice has its first show of the season.  Thank goodness for the Last button on the TV’s remote control and On Demand.  It has been a long wait since the cliffhanger ending Season 1.  Hopefully there are 21 episodes like last season so the fans can follow the perils of the team as they fix the problems of the world, juggle the many personalities of the team, and check out the romantic subplots now out in the open.  In the shadow of Superman, Cat Woman, The Lone Ranger, and Robin Hood, the world needs more heroes that look like the fans so they can put themselves in the shoes of the Scorpion team members and help save the world.  Till the next crisis…..

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