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Brainy nerds put IQs to use on 'Scorpion'; adventures ensue
Brainy nerds put IQs to use on 'Scorpion'; adventures ensue

"Scorpion," an adventure series beginning Monday on CBS, would like you to know, first of all, before a character speaks a word or a camera so much as takes an establishing shot, that it is based on a true story. Producers love this claim, which makes a story seem at once more plausible — implausibility being the point of bringing it up in the first place — and more exciting: This crazy thing really happened, says the amazed viewer to himself. Still, that sort of reality doesn't count for much in the end: It's no guarantee of quality; indeed, facts can interfere with fiction. Ultimately, "Scorpion" seems designed to combine the network's two...

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