Russ 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 and saving the world.
As it turns out by the end of the episode, Russ already bought the former Phoenix Foundation.
Reboot Season 4
Hyper Pattern Recognition
Henry Ian Cusick