Scorpion 1×05 ‘Plutonium is Forever’: The man with the analog antenna | Gotta Watch It!

Scorpion 1×05 ‘Plutonium is Forever’: The man with the analog antenna

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I am now and always shall be your friend.

In this week’s episode we meet Mark Collins, who is literally a super villain… or at least this show’s equivalent. A madman from the teams past, the black sheep of Scorpion as it were. He almost ripped the team apart last time and in this episode he returns to blow the team apart.

First off the episode title, Plutonium is Forever, now it is an obvious intention to play off some of the themes in the episode. First plutonium because the story does revolve around a nuclear reactor, but second the idea of long memories of both friendship and betrayal. A few years back Walter found out who his real friends were when Collins led him ‘down the rabbit hole.’ For days Walter and Collins did not eat or sleep they just worked through math. Happy and the rest of the team were there to help pull Walter out. Collins on the other hand was committed to an institution by Walter for his own good and the memory of that haunts everyone involved to this day. Yet I can’t help but point out that Diamonds are Forever was Sean Connery’s last James Bond film where he finally tracked down and killed his nemesis Blofeld. Well kind of, Roger Moore killed him again in For Your Eyes Only and Connery also kills him a third time if you include Never Say Never Again, but I’m getting sidetracked.

Source: CBS Seriously look at this guy. All he’s missing is the facial scar and a cat.

Source: CBS
Seriously look at this guy. All he’s missing is the facial scar and a cat.

Source: CBS Oh, wait a minute, there we are. Much better.

Source: CBS
Oh, wait a minute, there we are. Much better.

My point is that Collins is totally a super villain. He sets up this whole thing to get the reactor to overload pushing the team into a situation that only his analog antenna can solve, an antenna that requires a passcode that only he knows. It’s your typical ‘you create your own villains thing’ Walter wronged Collins in the past, Collins wants revenge, and just like so many James Bond baddies of the past his plan is nuclear. His goal? Just to have a confrontation with Walter to accuse him of his wrong doings and to prove that he is smarter, same old Arch nemesis always trying to prove his worth. Then when they call him on it he starts monologuing just like a good villain should. Going on and on about dates when they were friends and times when Walter stabbed him in the back. And also just like a good super villain his monologue is his undoing. Paige figures out the code they need from his ranting and they save the day.

It’s kind of an obvious choice actually. So far they have fought computer systems, genetic geniuses, robbers, and mad bombers, but this is the first time they have fought a personal enemy. Someone personally invested in their failure and who do you get to go toe to toe with a team of super geniuses? A former member, someone smarter than they are. The only way to beat someone like that is as a team. I would love to see this guy Collins show up in a later season, and for more than one episode. This is the type of guy that gives a great season finale cliffhanger, a villain from their past, form a previous episode with a personal vendetta. That would be fun. What do you think about Scorpion having a reoccurring villain?

Paul Choate

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