WonderCon: Highlights from the ‘Scorpion’ Panel


At Scorpions WonderCon panel, we got an early screening of upcoming Season 2, Episode 21, “Twist & Shout.” The Scorpion team is tasked to track down the remains of fallen marines in Vietnam in the middle of a Category 3 storm. Also, Walter gets asked on a date, or what he calls, “a joint social endeavor.”

Scorpion is inspired by the true story of Walter O’Brien, aka Scorpion, a high IQ/low EQ genius who recruits a motley crew of other geniuses to operate as a Homeland Security Think Tank and solve global complex problems. The show was recently renewed for a third season. The cast and crew panel — stars Ari Stidham (Sylvester), Eddie Kaye Thomas (Toby), Robert Patrick (Cabe), and newcomer Scott Porter (Tim); and Executive Producers Nicholas Wootton and Nick Santora — discussed all about Team Scorpion.

Season 2, Episode 21, "Twist & Shout"

Cabe’s Journey

On the remainder of Season 2, Patrick said Cabe is very happy with the unity of the team and how they’re working together. He’s in a good place. He really enjoys watching these guys do what they can do, and he’s proud of them. A lot of love on Team Scorpion.

Speaking of Love…

There are ‘ships!

Kaye Thomas says it’s been a big year for Toby. He’s finally in a happy relationship with Happy. Kaye Thomas isn’t mad about how long it took for them to be official, however, and says, “Being on a successful show means you don’t have to do everything at once and you can ease into things.” Kay Thomas and Jadyn Wong, who plays Happy, got to learn about each other as people along with the characters getting to know one another. As for their next step? Kaye Thomas teases, “Oh, it’s a big step. I’d watch Scorpion if I were you.” Wootton jumps in with, “There may be a question asked. There’s a big curveball.” As any fan of the show knows, Team Scorpion is not known for having normal people, so everything is done a little unconventionally. Says Santora, “The question will be asked differently. And you’ll see the response.”

Sadly, Melvester was not long for this world, as Sylvester lost Megan earlier this season. “It was pretty great to get to kiss someone on TV, ” says Stidham. “Then they gave her MS and she died. The lesson I learned was Ari, don’t touch pretty flowers, or something like that.” In their brief time together, the two learned a lot from each other. Megan helped mine Sylvester for the good things in life, and as a result, he became more self-aware. Will Ari find love again? Santora insists, “This is a happy show. No one is getting shivved in prison.” The producers love the characters and when the show ends (in Season 19, jokes Santora), they want everyone to be happy.

New recruit Tim, was introduced as someone who is “smart, brave, and easy on the eyes.” Beyond that, he’s full of surprises and is just like the rest of the team. Porter says that Tim is intrigued by Paige, but he is very aware of the make-up of the team and how delicate their relationships can be. He wants to be careful and not step on any toes, and he doesn’t want to be the jenga block you pull out that causes everythign to fall down. According to Porter though, “Some things might get cooking with Paige and Tim.”

If They Write it, it Will Happen

The writers have the freedom to think of crazy ideas and pretty much write anything for the show, because 47 production meetings later, their amazing crew will make it happen. Kaye Thomas’ favorite mission was during Season 2 Episode 13, “White Out,” where they had to brave the subzero temperatures of Antarctica.

Geek Speak

There is quite a bit of terminology and lingo the cast uses on the show, and Stidham admits, “I am not a genius in real life. For a really long time before I got on the show, I thought genius was spelled g-e-n-i-o-u-s.” He memorizes the vocab via a lot of repetition. The word that tripped him up the most? Oethylmethylphonic acid. Try saying that five times fast.

Scorpion is on Mondays 9pm on CBS.

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