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Bradley Cooper himself popped up to push his pill in this small screen spin-off from the hit movie. But the real star was Jake McDorman, winning us over with his boyish, rogue-with-a-heart-of-gold charm.
In a nutshell
It’s always a dodgy proposition, creating a telly reboot or sequel to a big movie. Fargo nailed it, of course. But who now remembers Ferris Bueller: the TV series? Fortunately, Limitless looks set to be a success story, merrily re-shaping the same basic story (ie, loser takes pills that makes him instantly awesome) around the skeleton of a crime procedural show. And while it’s not as if we especially NEED a new crime procedural, when they’re done this well then we’re happy.
It helps that Jake McDorman is such an effortlessly likeable presence as the struggling musician who takes the NZT pill, unleashes the full powers of his mind, and then gets embroiled in a murder. He has the exact right amount of irreverent charm for the part, and it was fun seeing Bradley Cooper – his big screen predecessor – reprise his role too. The crime story itself was pretty predictable, and we can’t imagine that the various cases-of-the-week will be earth-shattering, but we’ll be watching this one for the gags, the swagger and the sheer rollicking joy of it all.
What's the verdict?
With Dexter’s Jennifer Carpenter also on board as our man’s working partner (clearly she can’t get enough of teaming up with crime-solving weirdos), Limitless looks set to be one of the most enjoyable shows on the box. As addictive as those little pills of NZT, perhaps…