Impulse Takes Us Back To Jumper Elements With New Exciting World
Impulse. TV series Details.
Creator: Jeffrey Lieber
Release Date Episodes: June 6th, 2018
Release Format: YouTube Premium
MPAA Rating: N/A
16-year-old Henry Coles is an outsider in her new town of Reston, New York. With a major chip on her shoulder and no friends, she remains withdrawn and isolated, but everything changes when a traumatic encounter with a classmate triggers something deep within Henry- unleashing a power she cannot control.
Impulse is a Web-TV series exclusively on Youtube Premium. Yes, Youtube does TV shows now. Impulse is a spin-off of Jumper, an action flick released back in 2008 and it’s based on the book of the same name written by Steven Gould.
The series is executive produced by Lauren LeFranc, Doug Liman, David Bartis and Gene Klein and is developed by Jeffrey Lieber, who wrote the script for the pilot.
The first three episodes of Impulse are now available to stream on YouTube. The full season is available with a subscription to Youtube Premium. I’ll be writing my thoughts on the first three episodes.
Maddie Hasson as Henry Coles
Sarah Desjardins as Jenna Hope
Enuka Okuma as Deputy Anna Hulce
Craig Arnold as Lucas Boone
Tanner Stine as Clay Boone
Missi Pyle as Cleo Cole
David James Elliott as Bill Boone
Shawn Doyle as Jeremiah Miller
Callum Keith Rennie as Nikolai
Daniel Maslany as Townes Linderman
Genevieve Kang as Patty Yang
I was a little skeptic of watching a TV show on YouTube. I didn’t know what I was hoping and since the overall world of the Jumper series isn’t indeed my forte; I was hesitant about this being worth a shot. I was startled to be absorbed by it from the first episode. Impulse is a mixture between sci-fi and drama. It concentrates more on the drama element in the beginning, which I was rather delighted about it.
Henry, a 16-year-old girl is living with her reckless mom with a new sister and a new dad. Henry believes she is going to move again since her mom doesn’t stay invested in a relationship and travels around the world with her daughter by running away from her engagements. The complication is that Cleo, her mom, doesn’t think about her daughter in these conditions. Henry lives a secret-independent life being rebellious, smoking weed and doing graffiti on the streets but she isn’t the adolescent you might expect she is… she isn’t foolish, she isn’t irritating or needy; she lives her life her own way, the way she considers it’s the best for her, by expressing herself and being genuine. This aspect of Henry being ruthlessly honest with herself and others, made me love her right away.
After an excruciating moment for her and for us on-screen where she is sexually assaulted by a classmate in his car, Henry starts having these blackout episodes with convulsions that make her disappear and teleport herself to her room – to her safety-net.
All of these drama elements are fully reproduced on screen and Maddie Hasson delivers an incredible performance by being sensitive, charming and finally familiar to us by being so natural.
The cinematography is clear with a visual blue tone linked to it and the soundtrack is a modern indie and an appropriate rendition of Henry’s temperament.
The special effects are top-notch and Impulse does have the excellence of being a Netflix-exclusive and it merits to be treated as a global sensation. This was created for everyone, principally for young adults but this generation should watch Impulse for what it’s worth. It’s tough, powerful and poignant, how it deals with trauma. This isn’t just a sci-fi series about a girl having superpowers. It’s more than that, it goes to places it should go and delivers all the feels. Henry is relatable and the way she deals with her trauma is grown and it doesn’t appear forced at all. She struggles to appease her seizures and moments of panic by recreating the same moment when she is sexually violated by visualising the outcome being distinct. We witness these stages with her and we suffer for her and how lonely these damages affect a person.
The show lets young people know that we are not alone; there are people that can help. This is important, women get rapped and insulted everyday by men and they need to be heard.
Impulse has more impact nowadays with the Me Too movement and I’m happy it’s getting the attention it deserves now that it gets renewed with a second season. Television and entertainment should be to clear head of reality but it needs to be important at times. Impulse is both, and I hope the rest of the season stays the same way.
Impulse is a 10 episode-event series and I’ve merely watched the initial three episodes, which they are now available online for free. You should unquestionably give it a watch, the mere flaw to it is the alternative story-arcs involving a french-speaking family living on the run by having powers. I’m sure it’s more effective to the whole Jumper idea right along the course but my interest was mainly concentrated on Henry, our 16-year-old girl who is sexually violated by a futile popular jock at school. This main issue is, for me, the most striking aspect of the series and the idea of stirring it with teleportation or the need of getting way of that specific moment – the reality of it, it’s pretty much excellent and valid storytelling.