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fanmix: Junk Science (Walter/Paige of Scorpion)

So after just over a year, waywardmixes is back!!! So for the #28, they chose the theme 'shiny and new' - or mixes about shows, books, movies, or other fandoms that have been released since July 2014, when the last round was supposed to end.

It was a tough call between two of my shiny new fandoms, Daredevil and Scorpion, but the second won out because... well, I thought that someone else would be doing Daredevil anyway, because it's been such a phenom. But at least I can do it later!

I picked a ship!mix for Walter & Paige, because they're the couple I'm shipping right now that have actual progress, albeit at a very slow burn (Matt and Karen are still very much in the friend zone. But the Avocado trio are an awesome friendzone!), and aren't currently sunk in the Bermuda Triangle in canon (unlike SkyeWard from Agents of SHIELD, or Victor and Lily from Penny Dreadful). Although from what little I'm seen of FDTD season 2, I have some actual hope for Seth and Kate. But given that show, I'm just hoping they both make it to the end of the season alive....

Anyway, onto the mix! The explanatory bit for waywardmixes is below the covers, with the full tracklisting below that.

Download the ZIP at mediafire



I was trying to get some of the pics to overlap each other at strategic points; I thought it looked interesting. Not sure how well it turned out. (sigh) I really need to properly learn how to use photoshop or something and lift my graphics game.





Scorpion is an action/drama show focusing on a group of geniuses who work as extreme problem-solvers-for-hire, mostly on retainer to Homeland Security. It’s plots tend to the outrageous, occasionally to the point of outright unbelievable (though as the producers point out, if it was simple then someone else would have fixed it already), but it’s a lot of fun! One of the reasons the show is so enjoyable is that alongside the action, there’s frequent flashes of humour (several of the team are deadpan snarkers) and the drama (sometimes to the point of fully justified pathos) of the difficulty these people have communicating with ‘normals’ and the ‘real world’, as well as the major personality flaws that all four geniuses have (which they’re all matter-of-factly honest about). Scorpion is the name of their company; as the pilot opens, it’s on the verge of going under because they tend to do things like get so focused on creating a loss algorithm that they forget to pay the bills.

The founder of Scorpion, Walter O’Brien has one of the highest IQ’s ever recorded, and his genius is focused on mathematics – specifically computers. He has the social manners of a honey badger, (he’s a lot like BBC Sherlock, for similar reasons) but also possesses natural charisma and leadership ability. When he was eleven, the FBI came all the way to Ireland to arrest him for hacking into NASA (he wanted the shuttle blueprints for his bedroom wall). This introduces him to Cabe Gallo, who will spend the next several years mentoring him, and becoming a surrogate parent. Without Cabe and his awesome older sister Megan, (a recurring character on the show) Walter might have become an actual evil genius or mad scientist. However, when Walter is sixteen, a tragedy occurs that will permanently scar his mind and soul: Cabe asks him to create tracking software to help drop military aid packages. Several months later, Walter sees TV news footage of Baghdad being carpet-bombed – and immediately realises that the bombs are using his program. Two thousand civilians died. Sixteen years later, Walter still carries their metaphorical blood on his hands. It’s given him a Hero Complex to the point of suicidal behaviour (his favoured forms of stress relief are smashing coffee mugs and high-risk activities like drag-racing with Serbian gangsters – yes, this was a B-plot once).

On the same day that Cabe, now an agent with Homeland Security, comes back into his life with a crisis that Scorpion can’t walk away from, Walter meets Paige Dineen. At first glance, Paige is utterly ordinary: a feisty single mother working as a waitress, the focus of her life is her ‘challenged’ son, nine-year-old Ralph. However, it only takes about five minutes for Walter to recognise a fellow genius, and this revelation turns Paige’s world upside down (in a good way). It doesn’t take much longer than that for Walter to recognise Paige’s considerable talents for dealing with both genius and normal people. By the time night falls, Walter has offered Paige a job as Scorpion’s client liaison – or as he puts it, Walter will translate Ralph for her so she can truly connect with him, and she will translate the rest of the world for Scorpion. From early on, both Walter and Cabe specifically recognise Paige as the missing ingredient that has made Scorpion truly coalesce as a team; unspoken is that Ralph is what truly makes them into a family.

Walter and Paige are most definitely a slow-burning romance: for every two steps forward, there’s one or even one-and-a-half steps back. Paige will always put Ralph first, and part of that is recognising the importance of Walter’s mentor bond with him. Walter is… well, Walter. Despite his genius and good looks (and genuine devotion to his sister and found family), Walter isn’t exactly the most viable option for a relationship – for a start, he believes that romantic love “is nothing but a junk science”; a psychological illusion created by society. Toby (the group’s behaviourist; think Patrick Jane turned up to eleven) eventually has to show Walter a whiteboard to illustrate his (accurate) theory that Walter has feelings beyond friendship for Paige. It includes a bar graph, pie chart, and two Venn diagrams. Plus sketch figures. Walter’s still not buying it.

Despite Walter’s stubborn denials, this Tin Man is slowly but steadily growing a heart, and it’s all down to both Ralph and Paige. This is very clearly illustrated in the two-part season 1 finale: Walter learns that Cabe knew about the bombing run on Baghdad three days before it happened, and promptly fires him as Scorpion’s government liaison. But there’s worse to come - Ralph starts emulating Walter’s suicidal heroism, and Paige understandably panics. She quits Scorpion, with the intent of taking Ralph across the country and possibly starting over with his father. After a heartrending argument between them, she bids a tearful goodbye to the others. Walter mutters, “I don’t need her; I don’t need Cabe,” as he grabs the keys to the Ferrari that he’s been loaned by a grateful private client – and crashes through the guardrail on Mulholland Drive. The final episode of season 1 is about the team reuniting in order to get Walter safely off the cliff before the unstable ground gives way and sends him crashing to his death. It’s not exactly a spoiler to say they succeed, and it gives Paige another revelation, about her feelings for Walter. The final shot of S1 is Paige beside Walter’s hospital bed, watching over him while he sleeps. She tells him “…Because I really care about you, Walter,” and steals a kiss. (opinions on this are varied among both the fandom and shippers)

Season 2 spoilers say that Walter will find out about the kiss, and he and Paige will decide to keep their friendship as is… but the producers have also pretty much confirmed that Walter/Paige will happen eventually, it’s just that there’s a long way to go before it’s really feasible.

As a nice bonus for the Walter/Paige shippers, the actors who portray them, Elyas Gabel and Katherine McPhee, are currently dating in real life, which has led to some lovely behind the scenes pics of them doing things we hope their characters will one day. That’s where the back cover comes from – going by the outfits, it’s a BTS pic from episode 1x14, ‘Charades’.

Junk Science
(a fanmix for Walter O’Brien & Paige Dineen from Scorpion)



* The scientist – Glee version (Walter, “It’s just… junk science.” Yes, I know this one’s a bit obvious, but I really couldn’t go past it. I’m using the Glee cover because a) if there’s more than one version, I like to use the lesser known b) this is sung by more than one voice, and Scorpion is about a GROUP of geniuses and c) I already had this version.)

Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on a science apart

I was just guessing
At numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart

Questions of science
Science and progress

* Tip of my Tongue - The Civil Wars (Walter's truly taken by surprise by the effect Paige and Ralph have on his life, but ill-equipped to handle it. Or, y’know, understand or accept it.)

Oh dear, I never saw you comin'
Oh my, look what you have done
You're my favourite song
Always on the tip of my tongue

* Over my head, The Fray (I keep hearing this whenever I watch the scene in 1x19 with Walter, Toby and the whiteboard.)

But that's how it's got to be
It's coming down to nothing more than apathy
I'd rather run the other way than stay and see
The smoke and who's still standing when it clears

Let's rearrange
I wish you were a stranger I could disengage
Just say that we agree and then never change
Soften a bit until we all just get along

Everyone knows she's on your mind
Everyone knows I'm in over my head

* Family – Christopher Bingham (I really wanted a family-themed song to represent Ralph, since he’s such an essential part of each of their lives, not only Paige and Walter’s relationship. This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind (it’s from the POV of a child of two same-sex couples) but these particular lyrics say a lot to me about the ‘Cyclone’ – the found family that is ALL of Scorpion. Which is even better.)

Love defines it's boundaries
Limitless shapes, countless forms
I have vowed that when it comes to me I'll take it
Every manifestation, I'm gonna celebrate it

Oh the old world is turning around like a top
And there's nothing you or I should even try to do to stop it
There aren't any limits when you follow the line that love leads
And lots of us are happy in a different kind of family

* Nobody lives without love - Eddi Reader (After Ralph’s father vanished from their lives, Paige thought it would be always be just the two of them against the world. The brilliant, exasperating, hopelessly stubborn and heroic man who makes it possible for them to truly connect – who gives her the first job she’s ever had where it feels like she’s really needed and valued… no. Paige never imagined that a man like Walter O’Brien existed.)

Thought I could live my life as a stranger
Hide from the heartbreak that love always brings
Make it to the higher ground
Try to turn the volume down
Couldn't stop the sirens from singing
Sing for me baby

You came along like a flash of your lightning
Crashed into my life like a runaway star
Feels like I'm falling in gravity's action
And now I'm standing here, offering a stranger my heart

Nobody lives without love
Nobody gets to give up
You can try to lock your heart away
But love it will come back for you some day
Nobody lives without love

* So Contagious - Acceptance (Paige POV; she’s got a good idea how she feels, but not sure what to do about it – or if she should)
Oh no, this couldn't be more unexpected
And I can tell that I've been moving in so slow
Don't let it throw you off too far
Cause I'll be running right behind you

Oohhh, when I'm around you I'm predictable
Cause I believe in loving you with first sight
I know it's crazy but I'm hoping to
To take a hold of you

Could this be out of line? (Could this be out of line?)
To say you're the only one breaking me down like this
You're the only one I would take a shot on
Keep me hanging on so contagiously

* New Modern Love - halestorm (All of this says “Paige” to me. I can see various verses and even the chorus as her answer to the various people who ask her whether she really knows what she’s doing with this her-and-Walter thing. Especially an answer to Walter himself.)

I won’t pretend that I don’t feel the way I feel
I can’t forget the taste of something that’s real
Step into my closet and maybe you’ll find
Something that’ll scare you, something that you like
Your old familiar logic is poison on your lips
It’s nothing in the water
That’s just the way it is

You can’t rewire these circuits any other way
Yeah, you can twist the signal
The message is the same
Step out of your bubble and maybe you’ll find
Something that’ll save you, something that you like
Your old familiar logic is poison on your lips
There’s nothing in the water
That’s just the way it is

I’ve got an uncommon love
I’m not giving it up
Not giving it up
I don’t care if you don’t want it
‘Cause I, I got it
I don’t care if you don’t get it
‘Cause I, I still want it
I’ve got a new modern love
I’m not giving it up
Not giving it up, no

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