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"Limitless" review by Eva Diaz  9/24/15
Airs Tuesdays 10/9c on CBS

This show seemed interesting to me, so I thought I would watch the pilot that's based on the Bradley Cooper movie of the same name.  I have never seen the movie, so I  had no idea what the show was about, other then the commercials I had seen on TV. Jake McDorman plays Brian Finch, a 30-something singer who does temporary jobs to earn a living while singing at night; he's still waiting for his big break that's never come along.  One day, while working a temp job, an old friend, Eli, gives him NZT, a pill that can help you optimize the potential of your brain.  Brian takes the pill and is able to diagnose his father's illness after reading his brother's medical books.  He can do all sorts of amazing things with this drug.  Brian finds Eli dead and is blamed for his murder.  He works hard to find the murderer and helps the FBI nail the guy.

Then Senator Morra (Bradley Cooper) shows up (the developer of NZT), which is where the plots gets a little complicated. He gives Brian a shot that will help him with the side effects of NZT (it turns you really old, quickly, otherwise). He will give them to Brian as long as he agrees to work with the FBI and not tell anyone about him or the shots. Brian agrees, as long as the FBI gets a new liver for his sickly father (veteran actor Ron Rifkin). Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter's Deb) plays the FBI agent, Rebecca, who works with Brian. Hill Harper (CSI: NY) is her partner.  Their boss wants to find out who's behind NZT, and why people are dying from it because it's a powerful drug that turns people almost super-human. Rebecca's dad also died from the drug, so she has her own motivations for working with Brian.

The show is interesting, but I found parts of it to be slow.  I think that's because they had to explain the premise of the show to those who, like me, had never seen the movie.  I hope that as the show goes on, it will have a faster pace to it and become even more interesting.  It's a very good action drama, and there is a lot of good chemistry between McDorman and Carpenter.  I give this show 3 out of 5 stars because I am hoping that it will improve in future episodes.  If you want to watch the show, it airs on CBS Tuesdays at !0 PM Eastern  time 9 PM Central time 


 LIMITLESS, based on the feature film, is a fast-paced drama about Brian Finch, who discovers the brain-boosting power of the mysterious drug NZT and is coerced by the FBI into using his extraordinary cognitive abilities to solve complex cases for them. Working closely with Brian in the major case squad in New York City is Agent Rebecca Harris, a formidable investigator with a dark past, and Agent Boyle, a former military officer and Rebecca’s confidante. They report to Special Agent in Charge Nasreen “Naz” Pouran, a canny manipulator of the reins of power. Unbeknownst to the FBI, Brian also has a clandestine relationship with Senator Edward Morra (Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, recurring), a presidential hopeful and regular user of NZT who has plans of his own for his new protégé. Fueled now with a steady supply of NZT that enables him to use 100% of his brain capacity, Brian is more effective than all of the FBI agents combined, making him a criminal’s worst nightmare and the greatest asset the Bureau has ever possessed.

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