Just as I was saying that we’ve had a sunny few eps in a row about the positive, fun side of NZT, things suddenly get very dark very fast on this week’s Limitless.
Not that it starts off that way: we begin instead with a lovely opening sequence involving Mike, Ike and what must be the incredibly annoying – for the participant, that is; it’s very amusing for the viewer – side of babysitting Brian. It’s cute, funny and fleshes them out a little in Limitless’s usual deft, charming way, my particular favourite part being poor Ike’s recurring nightmares of being stuck in that job with a revolving door of colleagues leaving him behind – “There’s an Asian Mike, a white Mike, there’s even a woman he calls Mike!” – to wrestle with unrequited love and existential despair. Heh.
A robbery at the pharmacy storing the FBI’s NZT supply abruptly interrupts the comedy philosophising, however, and the subsequent recovery operation leads REDACTED into the path of temptation and squarely into the clutches of disaster. The way things eventually resolve is tense, ambiguous and intriguingly downbeat, with interesting things to say not only about Brian but also about everyone else in the supporting cast. Not the cheeriest episode then, but still an excellent one.