Skills to pay bills

What would you do with un­lim­ited brain power? If you’re Brian Finch, you could fit into any TV se­ries on Showmax.

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In sci-fi show Lim­it­less (2015-2016, all 22 episodes are on in­ter­net stream­ing ser­vice Showmax), Brian Finch (Jake McDor­man) gets the chance to go from slacker to su­per­man with just one dose of mir­a­cle pill NZT- 48. The se­ries is based on the 2011 film of the same name and one gulp of NZT48 gives Brian full con­trol of his brain – and run­ning at full ca­pac­ity! For the next 12 hours, ev­ery sense is en­hanced, re­call and per­cep­tion are both per­fect and he’s able to make daz­zling con­nec­tions be­tween the el­e­ments of in­for­ma­tion that he’s ab­sorb­ing. But while the FBI is quick to snap up his mas­sive brain in Lim­it­less, we think that Brian could have a lot more fun else­where on Showmax, like here…

WHO NEEDS LAW SCHOOL?

Brian’s speed read­ing, su­per-per­cep­tion and flaw­less re­call would be per­fect for the law team on drama se­ries The Good Wife (2009-2016, all seven sea­sons are on Showmax). Imag­ine his mind as a ce­ment mixer grind­ing through stacks of le­gal briefs and mind-numb­ing boxes of phone tran­scripts, pour­ing out a per­fect blend of facts to bond a case to­gether so that it’s rock solid in court. Want proof? Just see what Brian does in episode 1 of Lim­it­less!

TALK­ING THE TALK

Imag­ine how much time and heartache Brian could save the Pied Piper nerds in com­edy Sil­i­con Val­ley (2014- cur­rent, sea­sons 1-3 are on Showmax; see p47) by talk­ing to in­vestors. It re­quires a very spe­cial kind of bril­liance to dumb down tech talk so that ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists not only un­der­stand what they’re in­vest­ing in, but stay ex­cited about the prod­uct rather than the com­pany stock. It would give the cre­ative team time to ac­tu­ally pro­duce their pro­grams with­out hav­ing to re­peat­edly slam into the money and mar­ket­ing boys’ in-built id­iot-wall.

IT’S IN THE TINY DE­TAILS

Brian would be the best pro­ducer on the Ev­er­last­ing dat­ing show team could hope for on drama se­ries Un­Real (2015- cur­rent, sea­sons 1-2 are on Showmax). His su­per-per­cep­tion would al­low him to pick up on lit­tle tells that re­veal each con­tes­tant’s most deeply guarded vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. He could pick up on the body lan­guage that in­di­cates who hates who or spot ex­actly which psy­cho­log­i­cal crack to ap­ply to pop off some­one’s mask on live TV.

LET’S GET PHYS­I­CAL

Hav­ing an en­hanced brain lets Brian to com­bine his knowl­edge of his body’s ab­so­lute phys­i­cal lim­its with the lim­its of what physics will al­low him in the space of his body. But since NZT- 48 only lets him reach his own cur­rent po­ten­tial, Brian should steer clear of the MMA fight­ers in sport drama King­dom (2014- cur­rent, sea­sons 1-3 are on Showmax and sea­son 3 episodes ar­rive ex­press from the US each week).

Lim­it­less’s Brian and Re­becca (Jake McDor­man and Jen­nifer Carpenter).

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