galax-arena August 4, 2014 Share August 4, 2014 (edited) I saw the Scorpion pilot at San Diego Comic Con, and that made me realize just how much I loathe the Insufferable Genius trope. I’ll put up with it on a show if there’s something else compelling enough to keep me watching, or if the Insufferable Genius isn’t allowed to get away with his insufferability (e.g. Elementary – “Because couching it in scientific terms totally negates the misogyny!”). It looks like I’m going to have to shelve Scorpion with other generic Insufferable Genius fodder; there's way too much emphasis on the main character’s IQ and how he’s such a super special snowflake and the smartest man in the room so you’ll have to forgive him for being such a quirky eccentric (asshole) because he’s a genius and did I mention how high his IQ is? Katherine McPhee’s character is meant to be a foil to the IG cadre - yes, there's an entire group of them - but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to consist of calling them out on their bullshit. I know it’s a pilot and pilots are often rough, but I was done with the show when the main character said that most people with high IQs have low EQs as justification for being an asshole. Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if this thread causes you to fall down the rabbit hole that is tvtropes.org. Edited July 15, 2019 by Drogo This topic has been merged with TV Tropes You Love. 3 Link to comment
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