Not for the first time, Limitless filibusters a little in the first couple of minutes of ‘Personality Crisis’, by recapping three times: opening credits, previouslies, and the start of the episode itself. But given that the third version is a reconstruction of the most important parts of last week’s episode, with video, puppets, and a snappy Bob Dylan pastiche, it’s easy enough to forgive. In fact, the video – NZT Brian reminding Normal Brian not to tell Rebecca that her late father features in the FBI’s NZT file – sets up a dialogue between the two Brians, which runs throughout the episode, and again hints at the nature/nurture issues I wondered about before.
Anyway, it’s a procedural, so we need a Case of the Week. And, truth be told, it’s nothing special in itself: an investigation into a meth lab turns into a race against time to stop a terrorist group assembling a dirty bomb, target NYC. But, as before, the details elevate it: everything from Brian’s “bladder management”, together with computer graphics, while on a stakeout, through to the ambiguous resolution to the Case of the Week, giving Brian an ends-justifying-means dilemma, and leading to his realisation that he doesn’t want to become the sort of person who’s comfortable with shutting down the part of himself that cares about morality.
And there’s a new character: SWAT’s Casey Rooks, in a sort-of relationship with Rebecca, and played by Desmond Harrington, making it the second time he’s been Jennifer Carpenter’s on-screen love interest. I’d prefer Rooks not to be an ass – I think it would be out of keeping with the tone of the show – and so far he seems OK, although he’s clearly intrigued by Brian’s ability to pick up advanced self-defence technique in days. He could, of course, be a Morra plant. I don’t discount that possibility. Perhaps not quite as good as last week’s episode, but even on a medium flame Limitless still has wit, energy, and imagination in abundance.