I tried to watch Limitless but watched an episode of Leverage instead? Am confused. What is Limitless about?
Hahaha, I mean, no matter what you have not made a bad choice, Anon. Leverage is a wonderful show.
Limitless is an offshoot of the movie of the same name starring Bradley Cooper. BCoop is a random jackass who gets handed a wonder drug by some guy and it’s an experimental neurodrug which basically opens up your whole brain for your use all at once. basically it’s a genius pill, the effects last about 12hrs–and it has super nasty side effects and is very addicting.
BCoop the Asshole uses it like most Asshole genius tropes you’ve seen, which is why I never watched more than half the movie, because I am sick of that shit. Suffice to say he uses it for selfish gain almost exclusively, is a pretty gross dick, gets in lots of trouble, but eventually figures out a way to control the drug for himself. More gets explained in the show, which ismore interesting anyways and picks up after BCoop the Douche is a senator and he makes occasional apperances.
So Limitless the show is about Brian Finch, loveable millenial loser dude who just… doesn’t know who the fuck he is or what to do anymore. He’s just kinda lost, you know? Dispirited and unmotivated, like a lot of us get.
Through fun circumstances he encounters NZT, the genius drug, and gets fingered by the FBI for murder, which he uses the genius drug to help get him out of, also with help from spooky Senator Douchebag. For a price.
Brian then ends up working with the FBI, who want to monitor and study him, because he is for Reasons immune to the side effects of NZT and so can take it with impunity. Brian finagles himself from being a lab rat to a consultant pretty quick though, because he is a major asset on NZT.
But it’s not just because of NZT, is the thing. It’s because he’s Brian. He makes connections with people, he understands people really well, and that’s all him, and nothing to do with the drug except that when on the high, it’s enhanced. He’s a precious loyal sunshine puppy, and his BFF at the FBI is Special Agent Rebecca Harris, who starts out on the team to take Brian down when he is accused of murder, and basically ends up being his main handler. They start out not buddy buddy, but man, he wins her over because he’s a genuinely good person who cares about doing the right thing and helping how he can.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, anon. Rebecca and Brian are both fabulous, wonderful characters, and even though they’re the male and female leads, they’re not trapped in a gross will-they-won’t-they rut that seems like that only thing shows do with hetero leads anymore. They’re badass partners and besties, and handler and asset, and Brian has major stars in his eyes over what a heroic badass Rebecca is at all times.
And beyond even them, there’s Spelman Boyle, Rebecca’s hardass, cynical partner who is just. He’s golden-souled, and just because he believes in protocol and working within the system doesn’t mean he’s not beautifully complex and smart and empathetic. There’s Mike and Ike, Brian’s FBI babysitters whose names he refuses to learn until it becomes a fond nickname for them (though they may not necessarily agree.) For a while they seem like comedic background props, but by episode 9 you find you rather adore them, and they’re actually developing into genuine people and members of this team Brian has casually gathered around him. And then there’s Naz! She’s the hardass boss lady, and man is she ever tough as hell and inspiringly loyal to her people.
The ensemble group is shaping up to be something truly wonderful, Nonny friend, and the story is clever and exciting, and takes turns being gaspingly hilarious and heartwrenchingly dramatic. The cinematography is gorgeous, and they play this fantastic visual trick with color saturation, you’ll notice quickly, where Brian on NZT sees the world in warm, yellow-and-red saturation, and Brian off NZT’s world is all cool blues and grays.
It’s never a show that makes you feel stupid, but doesn’t spoonfeed you either, and it doesn’t strip any of the other characters of smarts or humanity or strength to make Brian improbably amazing when he’s on NZT–it doesn’t even do that to Brian when he’s not on NZT.
Just trust me, Anon. Limitless is beautifully refreshing, wonderfully clever, and endearingly charming all at once, and I can honestly say at 11 episodes in, not only has it yet to disappoint me, but every episode brings fresh joys and averts some worry I had that the show would fall to staid, boring, hidebound tropes and flaws of the same ol same ol Procedural Drama/Asshole Genius rank and file we’ve all grown so sick of.