New show: Scorpion
When: 9 p.m. Mondays on CBS
Cast: Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Premise: Gabel plays Walter O’Brien, a brilliant hacker (known in a previous life as Scorpion) who leads a band of misfit geniuses trying unsuccessfully to put their unique talents to practical, money-earning use. In the pilot, Walter and the gang are called on by Agent Gallo (Patrick) of Homeland Security to solve a computer software problem that threatens to crash all the planes trying to land at the Los Angeles airport. Incredibly, the only place Walter can think of with “reliable wifi” is a diner where he just installed a network – and where a pretty waitress (McPhee) works while her “challenged” son plays chess with salt and pepper shakers. During the harried action (lots and lots of frantic keyboard clicking) of saving thousands of lives, Walter tells the waitress that her son isn’t challenged, he’s a genius – like him and his friends – and that she should foster that and teach him that he’s not a loser, but special. Oh, yes, thousands of lives hang in the balance. Back to that. I won’t divulge the (obvious) ending, but I will say that I can’t decide if the ridiculous stunts employed in the name of restoring backup software are silly fun or the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen on TV. Leaning toward the latter.