The new TV season has begun. Some of my favorite new shows from last year bit the dust, others wait for a new host, others continue onward. But I’m always up to try new ones if they appeal to me. Limitless was one of those this season. I have to admit I did not see the movie but that didn’t limit me from getting the TV show.
But first let me make a little blog secret public. I write these posts in advance and schedule them to post. Right now it’s October 1st and I’m finishing up the November posts. So I write this based on the view from the pilot episode only. I’ve seen good concepts not stand the test of a full season.
First off I’m not letting any cats out of the bag here to tell you that the story is based on a drug that unlocks the full mind to the user. Okay, we’ve all heard the saying we only use a fraction of our brain’s potential. We’ve heard that all we have ever seen or experienced is stored in us we just lose access to it. Well first accept that these adages are true. (I’ll leave the neurological and cognitive debates of memory and retention of learning out of it) What if there was a clear little pill you could take that would make it all work together, give you back everything you every learned, everything you ever saw, heard, thought at your fingertips. Adding to that your brain is clear firing on all cylinders so learning new things, connecting and building upon those lost things now at your finger tips gives you the capacity of Data from Star Trek The Next Generation. Ohh if only. Well in the world of Limitless that drug exists, but it has deadly side effects.
The main character of the show is a wash out. Teenager in an adult man’s body still living at home, still dreaming of a rock band, still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up. His father is ill. From a former high school garage band mate he gets this drug. Not only does he figure out his father’s mysterious illness, he begins to solve murders surrounding this drug. Along the way he hooks up with an FBI agent. This is where Bradley Cooper makes a cameo and connects the movie I have not seen to the show.
Bradley Cooper is now in an influential position in society. I won’t say not sure if it’s in the movie and for those of you who have on-demand or Hulu and are interested from my post I won’t spoil it. Apparently he is one of the first to take it and learns how to get around the deadly side effects. He shares this with the main character but there’s a catch – isn’t there always a catch? He agrees to the catch and the series starts.
I liked it. I’ve always dreamed of having a clear sharp mind. There are times I get such clarity. I think everyone does. But other times, I feel like things are just out of my reach. When I couldn’t remember Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built Falling Waters. It came to me days later, it was there, just couldn’t get to it when I needed it. Of course I’m sitting in the car days later getting ready to go into the post office and shout out FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT to no one… but myself. Or when I get an idea in the shower or as I’m dozing off or when in a rush to get to work, I think I’ll jot that down later. Then later at my journal/notebook/planner/catchall I ponder what was that great idea I had – what in the hell was it even related to? So yes Limitless fulfills my dreams of having a mind, a fully functioning mind. Now I must find the movie as well as make sure to catch other episodes.
Have you been watching? What do you think? Seen both how does the series play off the movie good hand-off? Tell me your thoughts.