Friday, September 25, 2015

Limitless on CBS Runs Steady and True

Limitless - CBS - A man named Brian Finch develops superhuman abilities after taking a mysterious drug called NZT in this adaptation of the 2011 film starring Bradley Cooper, who serves as executive producer of the series reprises his role as Eddie Mora in the pilot.

Let me state first, I have not seen the film so my opinion is based solely on the pilot of the show. That being said, I have a huge smile about this series, hooray for great writing, pacing, cinematography and acting. Starting off the series with a murder mystery, Brian Finch is a guy with lots of pies in the sky and dreams of rock n roll stardom. Now he 28 and realizing the pies are falling all around him and after a mystery illness strikes his father, Brian starts to review his life. Confessing his worries to an old band mate, his friend offers to give him a 'jump start'.

When the pill takes effect, a voice over dialog starts, describing what he is experiencing. This, is usually annoying to me, however someone watched Burn Notice and figured out the ins and outs of making the voice over effective.

Brian WOW's his temp job and then goes home to find the root of his father's mystery illness. Then he crashes as the drug wears off. Desperate to continue to help his father, Brian goes to the friend who gave him the pill and finds him dead. He also finds a pill, but is caught at the scene of the crime by the FBI. The chase begins to find the real murderer and more NZT.

I loved this show start to finish, and I am looking forward to the next episode. The only hesitation I have at this juncture is for Jennifer Carpenter, the annoying sister in the Series Dexter (at least that is how I remember her), and once again I am finding her annoying as the lead FBI agent handling Brain.. She is so stiff I am hoping she loosens a little into the character. This is going to be a fun show and the only thing holding it back, for me, is this actress.

Great job on the pilot, passing the baton and cleaning up the back story of the movie was seamless, also leaving it fairly open ended for additional mischief in the future. I like it!
Looking forward to the next episode! 

If you missed it the first time around, here is the link to CBS or look for it On Demand through your local cable provider.

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