Executive producer Nicholas Wootton promises action, adventure, and a greater exploration of the characters in season two of CBS’ Scorpion starring Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, and Robert Patrick. The hit series returns on Monday, September 21, 2015 and Wootton says season two’s 24 1/2 episodes will delve further into the personalities and backstories of each character. That’s something everyone involved has been really looking forward to doing.
“One thing that we do love about this show is we do get these amazing adventures and we have all this great fun, but these guys are incredible character actors and we can give them such deep, moving material to do that really goes into who they are as people and how they interact with one another. That is what I think you’re going to see a lot of this season. A lot of that kind of development as we move along,” explained Wootton during our interview at the San Diego Comic Con.
“We really are a tight unit,” added Robert Patrick who plays Cabe Gallo on the action drama. “You can see it and you can feel it. These relationships are getting deeper and deeper. It’s a lot of fun. These kids are great.”
Patrick said all of last season was terrific but he particularly enjoyed playing the final episodes. “It was such a great resolution at the end, just to really, really put it out on the line. ‘I’ll jump in front of a train, I’ll do whatever I can to save you,’ you know what I mean? It meant a lot to me. It was a great journey.”
After such a successful first season, it will be hard to top what they accomplished with the second season, but Patrick says he thinks they can do it. “From an actor’s point of view, we’re already aware of that. We’ve already showed up and I can tell you we hit the ground running,” said Patrick. “I got there and I know myself I like to keep working and I feel like I might be kind of rusty, but everybody I saw showed up, had their game going, and we hit it right away. We are all aware that we’ve got to go even further; we’ve got to kick it up even better. We’ve got to do much more work than we did in the first season – and we really did work our asses off. So we’re all game. I think everybody’s incredibly grateful for our success and knows what it means. We don’t want to do everything to keep working hard.”
Katherine McPhee (“Paige”) and Elyse Gabel (“Walter”), who were paired up for our interview, agreed with Patrick and believe the writing is even stronger in season two. McPhee says the writers took a look at the best episodes of season one and are expanding on those elements in season two. “It’s still finding its own voice,” said McPhee, adding, “I love that the show is having more comedic moments. I think they feel like the world is always going to end and we’re always going to save it, but you’ll find that the audience will get to see how the individual characters handle those things. You’ll get to see the little quirks about them while they’re doing those crazy things on a daily basis. That’s what makes it interesting.”
The relationship between Paige and Walter will be explored more in season two, and Gabel’s excited about getting into that as well as further examining other parts of Walter’s personality. “I think one of the hopeful benefits of doing something like this for a longer amount of episodes that it’ll really give us…it won’t give us too much in a short period of time. You can believe he has a problem getting at the emotions,” explained Gabel.
Watch the full interviews for more on favorite episodes and expectations for Scorpion season two: