Sunday, January 24, 2016

What I’m Watching: Limitless

Limitless: Season 1, Episode 13 “Stop Me Before I Hug Again” (B)

This show is all for using different devices to frame its episodes, and sometimes it uses more than one in a single hour. The best way to defend the “hugging” and “cuddling” censorship that went on in this episode is that Brian is functioning at such a high level that he gets bored in ordinary situations so he has to find ways to reinterpret the information to make it interesting to him. It was strange to experience it this way, though I guess it did temper an investigation filled with a lot of brutality by toning down the terms used to describe killing and all the other terrible things that happened. I was pretty sure that the initially hyped-up and later disgraced agent who showed up and hand-picked Brian to come in for some more thorough case work was played by Anthony Michael Hall, but it turns out it was actually Terry Serpico (though don’t tell me that this photo doesn’t look a whole lot like Hall). The casual way in which Brian reveals that he has figured something out that others have been working on for decades is always entertaining, and he was more appreciated than hated in this hour for that ability. I love that Rebecca was referring to what Brian thought was happening as real-life inception, indulging the excitable Brian in seeing a made-up concept come to life. She was also a pretty cool road trip buddy. Brian looking out for Rebecca to make sure that she didn’t come too close to confirming her theory about Senator Morra being on NZT was smart, but I think she’s equally intelligent and likely to figure out a way to prove it sooner or later that is sure to put her in harm’s way.

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