I don’t write reviews often – so when I do indeed sit down to write one, it’s usually because it was either so amazing or so terrible that I just had to jump on it and write away. Every Tuesday night for the past six weeks, millions of people have sat down in front of the tube and watched with awe, shock and intrigue the freshmen series “Limitless” starring Jake McDorman as Brian Finch who, according to his own words “was just your average 28 year old screw-up.” That is, until he took a drug called NZT-48 (catchy name, eh?) – a nootropic drug that allows him access to all of his brain cells, transforming from the slacker he was to the snappy, quick-witted young man with the ambition and intelligence that would put Einstein to shame.
That’s why the FBI hired him as a consultant – as he is the only person who could take NZT without getting side-effects that would make a patient detoxing from opiates look like a walk in the park. Little does the FBI know, however, that Finch has a backdoor deal with a powerful Senator and potential Presidential-nominee Edward Morra.
Name sound familiar? That’s because Mr. Morra was the protagonist of the 2011 thriller film for which “Limitless” gets its name. The Senator – beautifully portrayed by Bradley Cooper (reprising his role from the film, and is also one of the show’s Executive Producers) – has provided Brian Finch with a special “shot” that takes away all those horrible side-effects NZT produces. It was Morra that foresaw Finch being recruited by the Feds and every now and then Morra asks “favors” of Finch – and if he doesn’t comply, Brian won’t get any more of the immunity shots and will ultimately die a horrible, painfully agonizing death.
So that’s “Limitless” in a nutshell – a TV show based off a movie that could’ve easily been a big miss (think of the snore fest that is “Minority Report”). Now six episodes in, it’s proven that it’s not a simple case-of-the-week drama – the second and third episodes had the procedural feel to them but the show’s writers have done a good job pulling it off by consistently keeping the big picture at stake – and is one of the most unique shows on the air this fall. Based on the responses from audiences and critics alike, it’s definitely not a going anywhere anytime soon, and I have a feeling that there are some major events coming in the foreseeable future.
For a show that had so much to prove (due to its high profile feature film it’s based on and the involvement of one of the biggest stars in Hollywood right now) coming in, I think it’s more than living up to its expectations. It’s certainly not being cancelled off my DVR anytime soon.