Limitless “Side Effects May Include” Review

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Bradley Cooper reprises his role as Senator Eddie Morra in this week’s episode.

This week’s episode was probably the darkest we’ve seen the show. By now everyone knows that the show embraces the lighter side of things, but surprisingly this week showed the darker side of things, and with great effect.

Earlier on in the series we have come to know that NZT has its long list of side effects and that Morra designed a shot to counter-act these side effects which were eventually given to Brian for a price. Fast-forward to this week’s episode and we see that the effects of the shot are wearing off and Brian is now feeling the side effects of taking NZT.

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This week’s installment focused on Brian’s struggle to cope with the side effects and at the same time try to figure out the FBI file on Rebecca’s father. Needless to say, Brian was still able to solve a piece of the bigger picture when he discovered the one who gave NZT to Rebecca’s father, a certain Andrew Epperley. The show was wise to just focus on one case for Brian this week as it was given the chance to slowly uncover the mystery behind NZT and at the same time deliver some tension throughout the proceedings.

Despite all this, Brian’s mission to throw Morra off the scent of Rebecca was another element of the episode that made matters tougher for Brian. His plan to talk to Morra or more accurately try to communicate with Morra was inspired. That part where he showed a supposed scandal involving Morra then showing THAT spooky video was a certified laugh-out-loud moment.

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The highlight however, was when Morra did appear and talk to Brian. While it was only for a few minutes, it was nonetheless effective. Morra informing Brian that all this was a “test” had a somewhat twisted sense to it, and that part where Brian was compared to either Sands, one who takes orders, or one who has character signifies that Brian was likewise being tested, it was a choice of whether Brian was an employee or a partner. Plus that little nugget that Morra was testing the “limits” of Brian (get it). And the good part is that he passed.

As for the sub-plot, Rebecca was involved in an FBI war-game exercise, after being referred by Naz. What transpired in the war-game was downright amazing as we saw how cut throat and skilled Rebecca was, to the point where the FBI director wanted to talk to Rebecca. However, that didn’t push through with Rebecca’s involvement in the investigation of Epperley. It was good to see that Naz acknowledged that the FBI had a file on Rebecca’s father and that Naz covered-up for her, both with the botched meeting and her knowledge of the file. Ultimately, trust is on-going theme in this installment.

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Speaking of trust, we saw mutual trust and confidence between Rebecca and Brian. Brian did tell her about the FBI file, and Rebecca covered-up for Brian with Naz. It’s just good to see that these two are on the same page and working together.

The Score: 4.5/5

This week’s installment took a darker tone, but did not lose steam at all. The appearance of Morra propelled the show to higher level and at the same time gave us an idea of what’s in store for the future.

Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek


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