According to imdb.com, Limitless is about a man who gains the ability to use the full extent of his brain’s capabilities… informative, huh?
Seriously though, this tv show is based off of the 2014 movie called Lucy, starring Scarlet Johansson. Basically, this new designer pill comes out that unlocks the brain’s ability to use the other 90% or so capacity that is currently locked away.
Which is such a fascinating idea. I hope they do this show right because it would quickly skyrocket to my favourite thing on television if they do.
Can you imagine if your ability to process information doubled? What if it kept doubling?? How incredible would it be to be able to learn a new language in seconds, to understand anything you had the remotest interest in, without struggling? To be able to make connections and predict probabilities, enabling better decision-making for future possibilities?
The list of things you could do, become, are endless.
** Next few paragraphs will have spoilers from the film **
In the movie, Scarlet’s character assumes super-human abilities by the time she reaches 50% brain capacity. She doesn’t just understand forces in the world, like gravity, but understands how to manipulate and bend them to her will. Hence her ability to suddenly manifest “magic” or “psychic abilities”. Because to the rest of us, that is what it looks like.
This topic always brings me back to a saying I heard when I was young, that magic is just science unexplained.
Arthur C Clarke: “Magic’s just science we don’t understand yet”.
How true that statement is. I believe that anything is possible. In my life-time, no. In ten generations, maybe not even. But eventually, we will unlock things that make Millenials seems like Neanderthals to our nth degree grandbabies.
Scarlet’s character, in many ways, became GOD. Or at least, a good estimation on what/who GOD is by human standards. After her human body died, her consciousness remained in this realm and was able to communicate with individual people, to pull strings around the world and manipulate far-reaching events. She became omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient.
Bradley Cooper is attached to the television show and states that he is very invested in its future. I hope that means he will continue to be involved and that the show will have the much higher budget that shows usually have in later seasons, rather than a typical first season budget which greatly constrains the action scenes and special effects needed in a show like this.
Limitless premieres on September 22, 2015 on CBS and I will definitely be watching.