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Adventures in TV Pilots: Limitless

Posted by Rankyn Phyle on September 24th, 2015

Today’s episode is the show Limitless.

It’s a sequel to the movie Limitless in the way that Stargate SG-1 was a sequel to the movie Stargate, only with all different characters and situations.
Basically it takes place after the events in the movie, they make a couple of tweaks to the lore to allow the story to continue, and tie it all together by having Bradley Cooper show up (the movie protagonist — not a spoiler, he’s in the promo) to keep the plot moving along.

The show was kinda fun as yet another outsider + cop show so I have no reservations about sticking around for 7 episodes to see how it develops.
I liked the premise of the movie and this is just more of the same, so it should be ok.

Now, that being said, I have these problems with it:
– The pilot was basically a condensed version of the movie storyline. Not unforgivable as an introduction so I’ll give this one a pass to wait and see how it evolves.

– It’s yet another "use 100% of your brain" story. However, it’s much better than Lucy was so it’s got that going for it. I sincerely hope that they sort of back off on the "imagine if you knew this" and "I can remember all of this" type stuff, tho. Sure, you need to do some of that to indoctrinate new viewers as you go along, just don’t beat us over the head with it the way Supergirl does with "my cousin." Again, maybe this was just because it’s the pilot.

– It’s kind of a 1-trick pony. Dude takes pill and becomes super detective while working with an FBI agent to solve crimes.
That’s gonna get old after a while.
Then again, wasn’t the show "House" essentially the same thing but with drama instead of wonder drugs and action?
It seemed to do ok.

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