The first part of Limitless’ season finale may have had only one exclamation point in its title, but the second episode definitely deserves two.
“Finale: Part Two!!” is the culmination of a season’s worth of betrayals and evil machinations, and this final episode picks up exactly where part one left off. Brewster, the Legion of Whom’s spy for the DEA, has sprung Sands from jail. The Legion has flooded the streets with extra NZT pills, and people are starting to lose their minds — and even die — because of the pill’s side effects. Brewster had the CJC round up a bunch of people they believe to be involved with the NZT flood, only to kill them all in a violent explosion. (And it turns out the victims weren’t involved with the Legion of Whom at all; they were on Morra’s team.) Brian and the CJC still haven’t figured out what the Legion’s evil master plan is, and Sands still has Piper locked up somewhere, forcing her to make the NZT antidote for him. Oh yeah, and Sen. Morra is nowhere to be found.
Those would be some pretty serious problems for Brian to solve on a normal day, but things are complicated further by the fact that Brian’s own NZT immunity shot is wearing off. He needs every bit of brain power he can get to take on Sands, but every time Brian takes an NZT pill, the side effects get progressively worse until he’s hallucinating warped versions of Piper and creepy fingers in donuts. Still, the stakes are high enough that Brian is willing to risk it all and take as many pills as he needs to find Piper — or die trying.
The only lead Brian and the CJC have is Clay Meeks, the David Copperfield wannabe who’s been working for the Legion and creating mass amounts of NZT. Even though Meeks pulled his disappearing act before and vanished into a cloud of smoke, à la the Wicked Witch of the West, the CJC still manages to track him to his foster mother’s place, where he gives them a name: Morneau. Brian’s convinced that Morneau is Jean Pierre Morneau, the Canadian secretary of state for global affairs, but by the time they find him, it’s too late. He’s dead. Which isn’t suspicious at all.
Morneau was in town to negotiate a treaty with Greenland. With global warming on the rise, a solid block of ice between the two countries will soon open up, creating a much-anticipated northwest passage that would allow ships to move seamlessly from ocean to ocean. There’s a lot of money in that passage, and while Morneau was refusing to sign the treaty with Greenland, hoping that Canada would get exclusive rights to the passage, he’s dead now — which means that the treaty is almost definitely going to happen. As a result, people are investing a lot of money in this new passage, but Sands and the Legion of Whom are betting against it. They’re creating a huge bubble, and they plan to pop it by killing off the Greenland ambassador. With the Greenland ambassador dead and the treaty completely off the table, they get to walk away with all the money that people had invested in the passage.
As far as supervillain conspiracies go, it’s not the most glamorous or innovative plot, but hey, if it makes you a couple billion dollars, it works.
NEXT: Rebecca’s revenge