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Limitless- The Legend of Marcos Ramos (1×03)

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Limitless isn’t being called one of fall’s most impressive new shows for nothing. Yesterday’s episode continued on the second episodes high, providing mystery, plot twists and a love-story that can never be.

This week’s case surrounded a high profile drug cartel leader Marcos Ramos, who was suspected of killing a retired FBI agent who knew to much. It’s hilarious to watch the FBI try to stick to it’s rule of keeping Brian out of the field only to realize they need him to go everywhere if they stand any chance at solving crimes. In retrospect, it’s fun to see the Brian who is confined to his room trying to solve the mysteries by building replicas out of post-it notes. (That’s it? You found out the sniper was tall?) Yeah, it wasn’t his best AHA moment but it did come in handy later when he narrowed down the shooter to a man from the Winter Games. Seeing glimpses of Brian referring to moments in his past for clues proves that the NZT doesn’t make him any smarter, it just allows him to use all the brain power at any given time. Eventually, the snipers end up being dirty cops who try to escape to Venezuela riding on the tails of a big aircraft, but thankfully Brian catches on before they leave airspace!

This however brings us to Brian’s number one question of the week- is NZT Brian and real life Brian the same person? He discusses it with Rebecca at “beer o’clock” aka my new favorite hour in the day. I felt a little cheated this week since Brian decided to pursue an old relationship considering I was certain Brian and Rebecca would have a thing. Since she’s the only one he can confide in about all of this (well not all of it, there’s still the Eddie Mora problem), she’s the one he’s going to pour his feelings out. She tells him that yes, maybe Shauna was impressed by the Brian on NZT, but it’s still the same person and she stayed because of the guy that was inside- regardless of the drugs. That proves to be true when he tries to help Shauna save her apartment from being destroyed by proving that it’s a historical building (super weird, but cute at the same time).

While Rebecca is the only person Brian can talk to about his double life, he can’t confide to her about Eddie Mora… and that problem just got a whole lot bigger. His father’s nurse is the same woman who injected Brian with the NZT shot and she’s there to make sure he stays in check. Later, Brian meets his new boss, a man that approaches him at the restaurant on behalf of Eddie. He tells him he’s going to be getting tasks to complete & if he doesn’t do them exactly the way he should, well lets just say the nurse injects whatever he tells her too. They also threaten Shauna, which forces Brian to break things off with her. It could have been good, but there’s too much baggage on his end and eventually the lying and keeping secrets would get the best of their relationship. Plus, who knows what Mora’s people are going to want Brian to do! This man seems to be more powerful than the FBI!

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Limitless – A Dog’s Breakfast (1×19)

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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?

 


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Limitless – Bezgranichnyy (1×18)

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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.


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Limitless – Stop Me Before I Hug Again (1×13)

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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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