The first theme answer I got was 19A: Scandal involving Tesla C.E.O. Musk? (ELONGATE), and I thought to myself, "That's not a word!" I could only pronounce it as "Elon-(the name)-gate." APPLEGATE (28A: Scandal affecting iPhone owners?) didn't help, because what is APPLEGATE? Finally, DELEGATE (18A: Scandal surrounding copy editors' proofreading marks?) (wow... what a clue!) brought it all home for me. The bottom three themers - FLOODGATE (47A: Scandal in the aftermath of a tsunami?), TAILGATE (57A: Scandal that implicates a detective?), and NAVIGATE (61A: Scandal depicted in "Avatar"?) - are all normal enough, but the clueing for these is just so tortured... it really seems like this theme was forced.
In the fill we find a few nice entries like NUDGE (34D: Wink accompanier), CHAGRIN (46D: "Much to my ____ ..."), and FRENEMY (4D: Ally who's not completely an ally), but more often we see TIRED DREGS like EPEE, TUTU, TATA, IRT, EEGS, and ELAL, or odd fill like ADAS (58D: Ones helping a public prosecutor, for short), ALLOK (21A: Completely fine), or GAPEAT (17A: Watch in astonishment). 1A: Medieval drudges (SERFS) I will give a C-.
The clue for URL (8D: Address you can't enter into a GPS) was the best I've seen for that answer, and I also enjoyed "20D: Decidedly not-lax grp. at LAX" for TSA, and "Actor Bean, whose first name looks like it rhymes with his last, but doesn't" (SEAN) would have been better, perhaps, if I knew who Sean Bean was.
I guess this one just wasn't for me.