Series Premiere: Limitless Review

Series Premiere: Limitless Review

Full disclosure, I have not seen the 2011 movie of the same name that Limitless is based on. So, I cannot determine how similar the pilot was to its source material or if it changed any of the mythos that the movie created. I, and you, can assume that the overall mystery of NZT was not explained since it would drastically hurt the plot of the series if all the questions it posed has already been answered.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Limitless introduced us to Brian Finch, a man inching closer to middle age without anything to show for his decades of living. Then, a chance an encounter with an old friend introduces Brian to a drug called NZT and a world of infinite possibilities.

Like I said, I don’t know how similar this pilot was to the movie, but the choice to treat this pilot as a kind of mini-movie was brilliant. By the end of the hour Brian had agreed use his drug induced capabilities to help the FBI and undoubtedly the season will unfold as a standard, case of the week, crime drama with the over arching NZT mystery popping up sporadically (especially during sweeps week).

But, instead of introducing the format immediately, Limitless chose to spend the entire pilot setting up the characters and the world. At this point we all understand how a crime drama works. The fact that Limitless made the measured choice to put world building ahead of format bodes well.

As for the cast, it seemed like Jack McDorman was doing a (fairly good) Bradley Cooper impression for the better half of the episode. Then Bradley Cooper showed up and it was clear that Jack was doing his own version of the type. Jennifer Carpenter, as agent Rebecca Harris, is basically just Debra Morgan. But that’s not a bad thing. Bonus alert, Bradley Cooper has signed on as a recurring role, so there’s always that to look forward to.

Final Verdict: The DVR has been set.

*Limitless airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on CBS.


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