This weeks Limitless was a roller coaster of emotions and for a second, I thought we lost Brian Finch for good. We’re tasked with the hardest decision of all this week – finding out if Eddie Morra is the good guy or the bad guy. Whose side are we on? Whose side is Brian on?
Things kick off with an attempted assasination of Eddie Mora by none other than
Elsa Piper (but she played Elsa in Once Upon a Time so I can’t shake that). Also, does she not bear a striking resemblance to Morra’s girlfriend in the movie Lindy? Just saying.
Anyways, Piper’s attempt is unsuccessful because obviously, Eddie Mora is ALWAYS on NZT and can pick up on someone trying to kill him from miles away. Brilliant. Yes, this also means Bradley Cooper made his return to TV and it made the show just that much better!
Brian Finch comes to work the next day only to see Mr. Sands talking to Rebecca, Boyle and Naz. He’s asking the FBI to help them find the killer. Of course, in reality, he’s here to tell Brian he’s to do everything in his power to derail them from actually finding Piper. If they do, they figure out that Mora is connected to NZT and Brian is as good as dead without his booster shot. Doesn’t it suck to have your life in the hands of someone else?
As Brian joins Boyle on the investigation, he notices the same painting as Piper did when she snuck into the room with her shopping bags and fake wig. That’s when he sees a laser pointed at him and the girl everyone’s looking for sending him a message in code. She tasks him with the duty of finding some dude (whose name I can’t remember). Brian is obviously successful and that’s where he finds Piper’s lair. She’s not there of course because she’s already having tea with his parents. And yep, they are so thrilled to have met his new GF. Getting some psycho stalker vibes here? Yeah, me too.
Piper tells Brian she’s not out to kill his parents. She’s one of the original people who created NZT and is trying to find a way to create the booster. Unfortunately, she’s running out of time because the supply she stole when Morra tried to frame her for the murder of her boyfriend is running out. She needs his help to assasinate Morra or she fears he’ll kill all the good that’s left of Brian.
For a second there, I thought he succeeded. Brian grapples with who he should side with. Does he trust Piper? Does he trust Morra? He meets Morra who tells him that Piper is crazy and she’ll say anything to get what she wants. Sands hands him an untraceable gun and orders to kill her. And Brian does. After she figures out he’s framing her, he chases her onto a train platform and pushes her off. Brian. The Brian that would never hurt a fly just killed a woman.
Or did he. That’s what Morra and Piper wanted you to think. And if they fooled me. And Morra. And Sands. You see, Brian sided with Piper, but he knew that there was no way he could successfully kill Morra. Plus, until she’s able to create the booster to keep him alive, he needs Morra around, which works in his favor since he still wants to be around his family. Why star world war? So instead, they made a dead body look and even share the same DNA with Piper. Brilliant, although I don’t truly know if that’s possible.
Regardless, Piper walked away without a scratch. Brian is still the same ‘ole guy we know and love, except now he’s fighting for something. And this gives the show room to bring back Georgina Haig, who might be one of the strongest characters on the show.
And you know Brian made the right choice because the next day, Morra comes to the FBI to personally thank everyone for catching his assassin. Then he makes a personal stop at Brian’s office to try to persuade him to leave the “old him” behind and embrace the new NZT man. I guess that helps with the burden of murder.
As for Agent Rebecca, she’s getting herself in hot water. After a suspect comes in and confesses to the assassination attempt, she realizes something’s not right. Someone forced her to confess and that makes her question everything about Morra. When she begins digging, she realizes he has to be on NZT because the dude he was before announcing that he’s running for president was basically a low life. I’m intrigued by this storyline because obviously, I want Rebecca to know everything about Finch and join him in this fight, but also because that opens up room for some interesting stuff to go down with the dangerous Morra, who seems to be the bad guy of the show. Who knew Bradley Cooper had it in him?
A+ episode and quite frankly, one of the strongest shows of the fall!
Limitless – A Dog’s Breakfast (1×19)
Brian did not get a warm welcome when he returned from Russia. Instead, Naz put together a whole new list of rules that basically stripped Brian of all his freedom. Get ready to see a tux-wearing, no-goofing off, always being watched Brian. Obviously, the lack of space comes at a bad time, especially in Brian’s situation. Things only get worse when he finds Piper’s bloody bracelet in his apartment and realizes Morra and Sans must have kidnapped her.
But Brian’s new detail aren’t the only one keeping an eye out on him – so is Rebecca who found out that Brian has been in cahoots with Sans, thanks to Brian’s little sister. Seriously, look how she screwed everything up. Rebecca is busy trying to find a connection between Brian, Sans and Morra and she even goes as far as to enlist Mike and Ike to help. I’m really not liking this bad work atmosphere we’ve got going here now.
Brian eventually ditches his detail to meet up with Piper, who never shows. He realizes he’s being followed but doesn’t suspect it could be the one person he actually trusts. After he realizes Piper is missing, he ditches his detail once again to get some one-on-one time with the mastermind himself, Morra. But in an interesting turn of events, Morra tells him that he didn’t actually know Piper was alive. In fact, he didn’t care much about anything except his plan to become President and then to take over the world.
Oh and Sans has gone totally rogue. Basically, Sans now has an unlimited amount of NZT and the one person who knows how to make the anecdote to reverse all of its side-effects. In other words, he’s gone evil and he’s building a super smart army of villains. Seriously, why isn’t Morra more worried about this? Kind of makes you wonder if Sans was really the mad man all along and Morra was just power hungry. It’s also disappointing that Sans and Brian had such a good friendship until now. How will he stop Sans and find Piper?
Things only get worse when Rebecca comes to Brian’s house and confronts him holding a gun pointed at him. She demands that he tell her why he’s chummy with Senator Morra or else. Now look, if he does tell her the truth, is it really that dangerous? It doesn’t seem like Morra cares anymore because his henchman is actually evil. So in reality, teaming up with Rebecca and the FBI against Sans seems like a solid solution, don’t you think? I am however shocked Rebecca could turn on a friend like that… no matter what she thinks Brian is doing.
This weeks story involved a rich dude that was killed for his kidney. Turns out, his wife wanted him dead so that his high tech kidney story would go viral and she’d be able to cash in. But in reality, she just got caught. As much as I enjoy seeing Brian solve cases, I could have done without. There was enough happening this week that we didn’t need a filler story!
Will Brian tell Rebecca the truth? Will he rescue Piper? What is Morra’s ultimate plan? Why did Sans go rogue?
Limitless – Bezgranichnyy (1×18)
Brian’s time in Russia was very eventful – he saved Piper by making “Game of Throne” deals with the head honchos, fell in love with Piper, helped Piper break into a ball and steal some plant that could help make the NZT anecdote so that they could free themselves from Eddie Morra once and for all, got arrested, got freed by Piper and finally returned home to New York City.
That’s pretty much the gist of what happened on this weeks where Brian was concerned. His whole motive behind the little trip to Europe was to finally get back his old life; the one where people respected him and where he didn’t have to lie all the time. As you remember last week, things came to quite a boiling point when his mother freaked out about him working for the FBI, taking some clear drugs and putting his sisters life in danger by stitching up some undercover agent. He also lied to Rebecca about having spare NZT pills and she put in a request to change his handler – a falling out between friends and family really affected Brian who realized enough was enough.
All of Brian’s lies are beginning to unravel as his double life begins to come out. First off, both Mike and Ike heard the story about that undercover FBI agent. Eventually Brian’s sister told Rebecca exactly what she saw and positively identified Sans as the man that came over last night. Now Rebecca is smart so you know she can piece two and two together. She’s been suspicious of Morra and his NZT use, Sans tried to buy her out with some really impressive offer to work for him and now she’s finding extra NZT pills at Brian’s place and the fact that he’s secretly meeting him. Not good for Brian at all, but honestly, Sans is to blame for pulling this thread.
Brians relationship with Sans is also pretty much doomed. It was fun while it lasted. Let us not forget like Brian did that Morra and Sans are two very powerful people in this world. Sans has eyes everywhere, including Russia. He received a picture of Brian and Piper at the end of the episode and it really pissed him off because not only is Brian working with the enemy, he’s lying to them about it and he lied about killing Piper. It is safe to say, he’s in big trouble. Without Sans and Morra, Brian will die from the effects of all the NZT he’s been taking. Plus, spoiler alert – the preview showed that Morra’s team kidnapped Piper.
So what now? Instead of freeing himself, Brian only dug himself deeper. His family hates him, Rebecca is onto him and Piper is being held hostage. I hope she doesn’t die, I really like her and Brian together. How will he get out of this one without telling everyone the truth? Will Morra trust him again? Will the FBI welcome him back with open arms after the stuff he pulled? It’s all fun and games until you end up in Russia.
Limitless – Stop Me Before I Hug Again (1×13)
You weren’t the only one who made sure that they were watching the right show. For the first time on Limitless, Brian was finally faced to deal with a really bad criminal and the opening shown had us deal with a very gruesome murder, something I wasn’t completely ready for when tuning in.
Brian is also pretty jilted by the gruesomeness, so he reverts to his subconscious and leans on his favorite childhood TV character Josh-o-saurus Josh. Instead of using words like killer and murder, he uses happy phrases like hug and coddle. So instead of watching the FBI hunt down some deranged serial killer, we’re on the hunt for a serial hugger. It’s hard to take anyone seriously with this lingo and that’s why Limitless is really good at what it does… although I did find it a little creepy and questioned whether or not I should be taking something so serious as rape so lightly. Regardless, the show kept it’s light hearted tone while tackling the case of Mr. Pralines and Cream.
The FBI brings in a top FBI profiler from Quantico named David Englander. Everyone is really excited to see him however Brian puts him in his place right away. The dude is so impressed with Brian’s ability to narrow down the bad guy in a split second, he invites Brian to check out Quantico for a few days and take a stab at some unsolved cases. Naz doesn’t have the heart to say no to Brian, especially when he keeps repeating “ROADTRIP,” so she allows it but only if Rebecca goes with him as supervision.
On the “roadtrip” Brian learns a lot more about his partner including that she’s a really good roadtrip buddy, she loves to sing along and she’s down to play punch buggy. He also finds out that Rebecca has been digging into Edward Morra and that she believes he might have been on NZT the day he was shot. That’s clearly a problem Brian will have to nip in the butt.
But first – Quantico. Brian spends his time flying through cases. When its time to leave, Englander gives him a signed (gasp) copy of his book. While reading the book, Brian realizes there are some inconsistencies. The high profile case made Englander famous, but when Brian reads it on NZT, he realizes that Mr. Butter Pecan is probably innocent. They make a pit stop at the jail to visit Butter Pecan, who is on death row for the crime and find that it would be impossible for him to commit the crime because there is no way this scrawny dude could have killed 300 pound people with his bare hands.
Brian proceeds to look into the case trying to find ways to prove that Butter Pecan is innocent. He’s following his gut, but it’s difficult considering the dude passed a polygraph test which proves that he truly believes he committed the murder. That is until Brian realizes that his memory was altered by his psychologist, who is dabbling in some neurological experiments. Doc was able to plant fake memories into Butter Pecan’s brain by using fiber optic wires. Yes, just like inception… the complicated movie starring Leo DiCaprio! When they shave his head, they find the incision made by the doctor. Unfortunately, his alibi for the night of the murders checks out.
Whoever did commit the murders had to give a detailed account of them to Butter Pecan, so chances are, the dude is in the doctors circle. When the doc gets a big fat paycheck for his research, Brian puts two and two together and realizes that the doc is framing his patient to protect a wealthy investor whose son killed those people.
After Butter Pecan is cleared, Englander flies out to Brian’s headquarters to personally apologize for getting mad that Brian was trying to pick apart his case. He offers him a job by his side, but Brian isn’t down for that life. He likes the FBI, plus there is no way Morra would let him accept it… and neither would Naz. Don’t you ever feel bad for Brian? Essentially, he’s just a really smart puppet that can’t be freed.
With that case solved, Brian now has to make Rebecca stop investigating Eddie Morra. If she continues, she’ll end up dead and we definitely don’t want that. He realizes that eventually, she’ll want to test the blood on Morra’s coat, which is in the evidence locker, to see if it has traces of NZT. He contacts Sands to provide him a very detailed replica of the coat so he can switch them out. If the blood has no traces of NZT, Rebecca will finally let this go for good.
Once Sands delivers, Brian has to break into the evidence locker and plan the evidence. While he’s pulling off his big mission, Rebecca and Boyle show up and realize something is wrong. Brian and Rebecca nearly miss each other in the evidence locker and you know, that would be really, really, really hard to explain. Thankfully, Brian’s got some ninja like reflexes and gets away with it.
But does he? Not really. Sands clearly isn’t on NZT because when he gave Brian the jacket, he failed to chip a button. Brian attempted, but obviously the chip is not identical and Rebecca, who is meticulous to detail, notices it right away. Did Brian want her to see it so that she’d continue asking questions and maybe save him from this life? Josh-o-saurus Josh seems to think so. But he’s also a pothead so we can’t really trust him. All we know is the Rebecca totally knows someone switched out the coats and now she’s even more suspicious.
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