Scorpion "Pilot" (9/22/14) SPOILERS!

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  1. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

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    It reminds me as well. However, Numb3rs worked, and I think the reason it worked is because the basic mathematical principles were sound. The little mini-lectures on the algorithms reminded me of college classes I took. The usage was generally exaggerated, solving complex crimes with a simple application of an algorithm, but the show had lots of normal plausible-looking FBI types to back it up.

    In Numb3rs, my mood would be an excited "yeah! I remember the knapsack problem!" whereas in Scorpion, it's "Come on dude, you know planes can land, right?"

    Basically, I can accept a TV show getting one thing 'kinda wrong'. It's hard to accept a TV show that gets everything completely wrong.

    Still have high hopes the series can be redeemed in the second episode.
     
  2. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    Yeah, I just meant the general feel of the show. I actually went looking up the people involved in production to see if it was the same people.

    I agree that Numb3rs was a better show... at least so far. The jury is still out. :) I'll give it a couple eps to improve. ;)
     
  3. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    Even two Eppes will not help.
     
  4. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I think getting the technical stuff wrong could be forgiven if it were just your typical Hollywood glossing-over of the details. But in this case, they were so far out in left field that they were suggesting it was OK to kill hundreds of people rather than let the pilots try to find their way safely to the ground or to another airport that had working communications. That's just plain ridiculous.

    Given the massive contortions they went through to explain the issue, I'm surprised they never even addressed the possibility of the planes being diverted elsewhere or the pilots being contacted through some alternate means of communication.
     
  5. Azlen

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    I still think the writers are tech knowledgeable but wanted to see how dumb they could make it and still get away with it.
     
  6. andyw715

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    McPheever is the only reason while I'd continue to watch.
     
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I think you're giving them a benefit of the doubt they haven't earned.
     
  8. Azlen

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    Probably, just find it hard to believe that anyone could be that stupid and not be some elaborate hoax. I mean dangling an ethernet cable out of a jet so that someone can download an old version of the control tower software to keep planes from crashing into the ground just can't be something that someone thought of as a realistic without a lot of drugs.
     
  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I give them a pass on that past, because clearly they were trying to put something exciting and crazy in the pilot in order to hook viewers. My problems are with all the nonsense they had to use to get to that point of the show.
     
  10. tcorning

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    What surprises me is that nobody has mentioned that pulling a single drive would most certainly not have given them a usable copy. The data would be distributed across many drives as part of the standard storage scheme. Not that it matters since a weak door speaker magnet erased the drive anyway.

    That said, I still have McPheever, at least for a few more eps. I agree with the earlier comment that her acting has improved, too.

    Ted
     
  11. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    I don't think that was a single drive that he pulled. I think it was a backup server where it's a whole RAID array on a single, hot-swappable blade.
     
  12. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    How is it that the "mechanical genius" girl didn't know that would be a bad idea?
     
  13. Lenonn

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  14. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    :up: :up: :up: :D
     
  15. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    Glad someone picked up on that! I was getting worried. :p
     
  16. JYoung

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    No, it looked like a single drive in a RAID carriage to me.
    So it would have been only part of a RAID.
     
  17. dswallow

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    It's a single drive in a removable tray. RAID or not is unknown.
     
  18. JYoung

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    Well, it would be foolish for an off-site backup facility to not be running RAID but then, it's also foolish for an off-site backup facility to not be doing multiple backup versions.
     
  19. dswallow

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    But we never know because it was damaged by the car speaker before we could have had something like a "Oh, it's actually one drive of a RAID5 array and isn't usable" (yeah, like they'd have put anything in the pilot that was plausible!).

    That also could've been the "spare-in-case-of-virus-emergency" drive rather than the normal backup array, too. :p
     
  20. Ereth

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    But - "he only pulled one volume of the RAID array and we can't rebuild the whole array" would not have met the Stupid Quotient. It would have actually made sense, and been MUCH better than "The speaker magnet damaged the hard drive".

    I'm certain the Stupidity Monitor assigned to ensure they had sufficient Stupidity wouldn't have allowed that to pass.
     

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