Russell Taylor (Henry Ian Cusick) is a wealthy ex-MI6 agent who used his training and skillset as a mercenary for hire; undertaking various “shady” military operations around the world for whoever paid the highest price – a venture which gained him a reputation as a profiteering con-artist.
Russ has Pareidolia, a hyper pattern recognition disorder that he uses to his advantage. He is able to absorb data and see connections and patterns where others don’t.
After the events in the Season 3 Finale Episode 3×22 (Mason + Cable + Choices), the Phoenix Foundation was disbanded and the team members were stripped of their high-level clearances. In Episode 4×01 (Fire + Ashes + Legacy = Phoenix), Russ approaches Angus MacGyver (Lucas Till) to convince him to get back into being an agent. As it turns out by the end of the episode, Russ already bought the former Phoenix Foundation.
In Episode 4×06 (Right + Wrong + Both + Neither), Russ learns that his ex-girlfriend Emilia West (Amanda Schull) was kidnapped by rebels. Team Phoenix joins Russ to get her back. As it turns out, it was Emilia who had influenced Russ to become a better person, giving up his life as a private military contractor with the intention of making a lot of money.
Reboot Season 4
(regular character)ROMANTIC HISTORY:
Emilia West (relationship)
Hyper Pattern Recognition
Henry Ian Cusick