Scorpion 1×10 ‘Talismans’: Walter’s a sentimental old fool | Gotta Watch It!

Scorpion 1×10 ‘Talismans’: Walter’s a sentimental old fool

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The team is sent on their first real field op. Recover tech from a downed stealth plane, oh and maybe save the pilot too. Either way they’re going to Bosnia!

As the team journeys to Bosnia they are introduced to the Navy Seal team that will be taking them into and out of enemy territory and of course the soldiers don’t have the time or patience for the tech guys. In fact for poorly characterized stereotyped reasons they have an unfounded disdain for our team of geniuses. We’ve seen this hundreds of times before in film and television. In fact we’ve already seen it earlier in this show back in episode three. Honestly I think it’s silly, I find it hard to believe that a professional military man would jeopardize the lives of his team and the success of his mission to belittle his civilian specialist. But none the less here we are and of course Walter and company eventually prove their worth and befriend the soldiers. What’s great about how Scorpion approached this episode is HOW Walter earns that respect. In most of these types of stories the civilian will step up to the soldier’s level. They will, at least partially, come around to the solder’s way of thinking and do something heroic in the soldier’s eye thus earning the soldier’s trust. Not so with Walter. Walter earns the trust of Lieutenant Corbin by being the same old detached, task oriented, obsessive Walter we know without changing at all to meet the military mindset halfway. The former has a connotation of, ‘the soldier was right, those eggheads need to get out more’ the latter has the connotation of, ‘they’re both right, they got the job done and couldn’t have done it without each other’ a much better message and one of the main premises of the show.

source: CBS I seem to have stepped on a land mine Why d'you do something like that? It was a slow day.

source: CBS
I seem to have stepped on a land mine
Why d’you do something like that?
It was a slow day.

In the episode Corbin steps on a land mine Walter gets down and starts trying to disarm it. Why? Because he believes he stands a pretty good chance of pulling it off. Even when he finds that the mine is timed and should blow any second, he sees it as a challenge. It’s like a math problem he has to solve because of his obsessive nature. He even fails! When the mine goes off and turns out to be a dud Walter calmly remarks about the age of the mine and how it must have corroded, and moves on. Now the solider is thinking this guy’s a mad man. So later when they have their heart to heart ‘thanks for saving my life’ talk, Walter tells him that he simply saw a problem and tried to fix it. He’s almost confused by the sentiment because for Walter it was perfectly rational. Then Walter thanks Corbin for earlier when he stood up, while under enemy fire, and shot a rocket to cover their escape. To Walter that was crazy but to Corbin it was simply a problem that he tried to fix. It’s at that moment that he realizes they’re both the same type of crazy just from different points of view. When they’re in a high stress situation involving enemy gunfire, Walter ducked for cover. Corbin however wasn’t about to give up and put his own life on the line to do what he could. However when the high stress situation involves a piece of tech Corbin gives up and Walter puts his live on the line to fix the problem. It’s sort of a, ‘I’ll never understand you, but let’s be friends’ sentiment. It was good, and at the end Corbin gives Walter his unit’s challenge coin as a memento, and Walter after an awkward moment gives him the code to unlock his DVR and get free cable.

I must say I am starting to get a little bothered by the inconsistency between what Walter says, what everyone says about Walter and what Walter actually does. In this case Walter thinks mementoes are stupid, they say Walter has no ability for sentimentality and yet he has a full on keepsake chest. But that’s a post for another day. Good episode.

Paul Choate

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