Limitless (television)

If you remember, I talked about the new show Limitless awhile ago, which is co-created by Bradley Cooper. It follows up on the events of Scarlet Johansson’s movie Lucy, in a world where NZT is still very mysterious and unknown, but news is slowly leaking. Suddenly, the FBI is running tests on experimental replacement NZT drugs and trying to devise plans to control a criminal element that is increasingly smarter than they are. The good guys need a new weapon to even the playing field.

Limitless premiered September 22nd and it is AWESOME! Every bit as good as I expected it to be. There are three things I think set this show apart from the pack.

First, it’s super fast pace. The only thing slowing down the events is that the creators have to go slow enough for the audience to catch up, or give us a quick recap. In some cases, the 15 minutes catching up the audience is only a couple of seconds for the main character.

Second, this show is smart. It breaks the rules of what we perceive to be the limits, the rules of the universe, and it does so so logically and simply that you feel stupid for not realizing these secrets all along. There are few smart shows on television; Limitless is refreshing.

Third, the premise and plot of Limitless set it apart. The supernatural, crime investigation and medical dramas rule your tv screen most nights. Limitless is different.

Check it out on Tuesday nights, starring Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. Guest-starring Bradley Cooper.

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Limitless, Coming Autumn 2015

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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.

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