We’ll miss you, Brian Finch.
And it was the fate of the last of the series, Fall Season was still on the bubble.
CBS officially declared that the series Limitless is canceled. The drama inspired by the eponymous film, Limitless, was in the air during a season and does not return next year.
The decision came after a series of negotiations that did not result in success. Limitless had a moderately significant audience in the station, accumulating numbers general greater even than those of other series that CBS renewed as (Code Black), but the amount of live audience was not enough for the series, however, was well received by critics to use a lot of creativity and even get away in a very clever way, the standard format of “week” cases that is the identity of the issuer. While CBS does not intend to continue the series, the broadcaster announced last week that it was trying to sell the production to another studio, so that the series could continue on another platform. However, the writer and producer Craig Sweeny resorted to Twitter to announce: “I am very sad to announce that Limitless will not be continued on any platform Many thanks to all who attended..”
Starring Jake McDorman , Jennifer Carpenter and appearances by Bradley Cooper , Limitless had 22 episodes.
The biggest number of casualties and cancellations of television seasons are concentrated in the rookies series, among which we have two types convicted starting series, which are all those who fail to win favour with the public or the criticism that condemns quickly to end or shorten their seasons to roam like a zombie programming by issuing its recorded episodes, mentioned TheHollwoodReporter.
In a second term, we have the dubious series that get to finish his full season, with some positive aspects but other negative, which give big headaches to the chains to assess its renewal or not, and which are dividing more to the public and criticizes in his defense or defenestration.
Within these series in limbo, each year has just produced some controversial cancellation (remember Forever in 2015) getting inflame his followers, especially when they see other series that considered weaker or less interesting get the green light, while the object of his passion gets the pink slip.
The winner of this dubious competition in 2016, was undoubtedly “Limitless” inspired by a film of the same title of 2011, a friendly and enjoyable series, but has failed to be renewed by little, despite the efforts of its producers and fans, as we are going to discuss in this article post-mortem.
Synopsis: Brian Finch is a failed musician of twenty – eight years he has not done anything worthwhile in his life. Brian test an experimental drug NZT that manages to activate the human brain to 100% capacity from 10% usual and with the twelve hours it takes effect.
To counteract the harmful side effects of the drug, he has to accept collaborate with Senator Edward Morra (protagonist of the film) in exchange for some injections that allow you to be immune to these effects, while in parallel began to collaborate with the FBI, where they begin to take advantage of her super to solve complicated cases.
The beginning: In 2011 the film Limitless, based on a book by Alan Glynn “The Dark Fields” where Edward Morra (Bradley Cooper), a writer doldrums discovers a drug that allows you to increase your intellectual abilities to limit, as you can see in the trailer of the film which was quite successful at the box office.
In 2013 Bradley Cooper himself with producers announced their intention to produce a series as a sequel to the film and began looking for partners and chains interested in producing the series, with CBS that pushing for taking more rights.
Craig Sweeny was a television writer with enough experience in series with gifted characters of great minds as “Medium”, “4400” or “Elementary” during a working lunch with an executive of CBS, learned Cart rights-based film which was a fervent follower series.
In the same place he asked the executive, overall preference to develop the idea in serial format, and after his first draft convinced everyone involved to commission writing the pilot.
He worked the concept and all the details with Bradley Cooper who suggested giving the lead role Jake McDormand, with whom he had worked at American Sniper and thought it would be ideal for the role. As for the direction of the pilot, the intention was that I did the film director Neil Burger, but due to commitments with another series had to be replaced by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man I and II).
CBS quickly announced the approval of the series after seeing the pilot and his entry into the stellar grid fall in its place “Person Of Interest”, announcing the presence of the star that is Bradley Cooper in a few episodes as a guest star and promoting it with a long trailer like this.
The plot: The series was characterized from the beginning by trying to play too many things at once, so we had a central mystery based on the mythology of NZT pill and its branches derivatives (origin, control, distribution, side effects, etc.).
In parallel, we had the weekly case more or less auto conclusive that were used in the pre-eminently the “super powers” of Brian Finch to servivio the FBI or the particular agenda of Senator Morra.
The episodes of the first part of the season used to start with an anecdote that preceded the intake of the pill that personality changed immediately as you can see in the video
Once entered the service of the FBI, its organization of work is very similar to what we have seen in many series (Castle, Bones, The Mentalist, Forever, etc), a main partner of researchers formed by a / a lhonest lawman / is responsible with family problems in the past, and the external advisory body with special qualities in this case because of the superpastilla.
You can not miss the companion agent, grumpy and does not accept the new advisor and of course the boss / the head of the unit must assign missions and unconventional methods cover the assessor to resolve cases.
“Limitless” follows this scheme so neat and tidy, and the only time that goes beyond the established script is when Brian shows its enormous possibilities under the effects of the pill as in the following video, which investigates the possible heist a bank.
The thread of continuity would make all the side effects of prolonged use of the pill that require a series of injections in the form of antidote, providing you with the senator, in exchange for making a kind of double agent who forces him to make precarious balance not to be discovered by the FBI or his family.
One of the tricks is often used to show a split personality of the protagonist Brian showing good and bad, to discuss possible options to follow as in the following video.
The tone of the stories tend to be fairly light, with many jokes and pop references, embedded both in the dialogues and the images that often resort to collages or many children diagrams to explain by a voiceover, the musings that happen the protagonist’s head.
The level of references and playing with the public reaches the level of bringing an actress as a possible love interest of Brian, with whom he had shared role in a failed romantic series called “Manhattan Love Story”, in a nod pretty unexplained into a series that was canceled after three episodes.
That level of navel-gazing and making too many inside jokes, reinforced by an everlasting voiceover that explains everything and more, has been one of the main issues of the series to reassert programming.
Tapping too many keys, he found it hard to focus and have a clear objective to set viewers, who at first did not know if they were watching a weekly procedural a conspiracy mystery or crazy comedy, which redounded to confuse and bewilder much to public who prefer a more or less fixed course in their series.
The main characters work very well, but instead the secondary characters were one-dimensional, especially Nag agent and recalcitrant enemy of our hero, it was a real caricature, though his head was not much better.
Fortunately things began to improve in the most unexpected way, when they began to give more prominence to two characters who barely spoke in his first appearances, as were the two bodyguards agents, Ike and Mike, responsible for their safety, they began to interact very fun way with Brian, and became one of the best assets of the series.
They also gave more weight to the central conspiracy theory, subordinating the weekly cases to some aspect of everything related to the tablet and the double game that he was forced to play Brian Finch.
“Limitless” I found a nice and enjoyable series to watch, much along the line of “Chuck”, especially at the end, when he had clear objectives and began to make concessions stretch of the season.
Despite this indulgence in my overall assessment, issues such as the ubiquitous voiceover made me very tiresome well as the failure of many side, so I’m not going to be a defender of the series, no matter how distracted I could me look.
Jake McDorman is an actor who comes very easy, ideal for the role he played starring, but that is entering dangerous territory, “Kristopher Polaha” which is where the actors are sufficiently interesting move to star in series, but all are canceled after the first season
I’m not so enthusiastic about his work in this series as others in my environment, but only through the hole of his hiper explicative voiceover, rather than by his playing that I found suitable for this type of series, best in comic in the dramatic terrain where it is more justice.
You an find Jennifer Carpenter, the unforgettable Deb, Dexter’s sister, who has been fortunate to have a character better developed than the rest as the police officer Rebecca Harris, who must guide or babysit Brian Finch depending of time.
Both develop a good chemistry on screen, although she touches him deal the most serious part of the couple and I found very convincing, so I predict that will soon find work.
Hill Harper is far worse as Spelman Boyle agent, the “enemy” of our protagonist within the FBI, but that ended up being ridiculed by the protagonist whenever faced the same, especially in the initial stage of the season.
Despite having a long career behind him, Hill Harper is best known for his role as coroner / detective Sheldon Hawkes in CSI New York, where not that I liked much precisely that scowling or perpetual anger that and he had then and has moved without changing the rictus his new character, in a dreadful performance.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio has earned total bull thanks to all the great roles he played in movies in the twentieth century, and will grant the benefit of the bull in a disgraceful role of his previous fame as the head of the office FBI, without any personal journey, endure beyond the things of his subordinate rebel Brian Finch.
In the XXI century, has dropped significantly the pace of work both in quantity and quality, when compared with their big blockbusters like “Scarface,” “The Color of Money” or “Robin Hood” but it is still a shame see as wasting his enormous talent on such insubstantial and secondary role.
“Limitless” had a good start at the level of audience, but began a slow decline and maintained that began to be worrisome from half of the season, with figures for the other chains would be wonderful but instead for the leading network is CBS, cancellation imperiled.
Audiences did not return to pick up all season and CBS decided to try to sell the series to another network or streaming services (Netflix, Hulu) to continue the series (which are producers). However, in this case, all attempts were in vain and announced their irrevocable failure to reach any agreement for continuity on another platform cancellation.
I am not a person who particularly regrets the cancellation of the series and in this case has not been an exception since the chiaroscuro he had during his broadcast have been the main cause of the flight of their initial hearings, but I always feel bad for her fans and followers who would have deserved a better end to the adventures of Brian Finch and NZT.
“Without Limits”, an entertaining and distracted series but for their own early mistakes moved into the razor’s edge of cancellation for a long time until finally the decision opted for the downside. Serve this article as an epitaph to a product that would have required that its writers had tried NZT pill to get more out of your idea.