Impulse (TV series)
by Steven Gould
|Developed by||Jeffrey Lieber|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Ontario, Canada|
|Running time||44–51 minutes|
|Original network||YouTube Premium|
|Picture format||4K (UHDTV)|
|Original release||June 6, 2018 –|
|Official YouTube channel|
Impulse is an American science fiction drama web television series, based on the novel Impulse by Steven Gould, that premiered on June 6, 2018, on YouTube Premium. The series is executive produced by Lauren LeFranc, Doug Liman, David Bartis, and Gene Klein. LeFranc also acts as showrunner for the series. In July 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of ten episodes, which is set to premiere on October 16, 2019.
Impulse follows 16-year-old Henrietta Coles who discovers she has the ability to mentally move objects as well as teleport but has no control over her destination. The first time she realizes this, she is in a truck with her high school's basketball captain and star, Clay Boone, who tries to rape her. She has a seizure and teleports, in the course of which she inadvertently crushes him with her inherent telekinesis and teleports for the first time, leaving him a paraplegic. The show goes on to explore Henry's need to reconcile what her assaulter tried to do with the consequence, and her feelings about discovering she can teleport and psionically move objects from a distance, which are triggered by her feelings of fear regarding the assault.
Cast and characters
- Maddie Hasson as Henrietta "Henry" Coles, a teenage girl who possesses the ability to teleport, though has no control over her destination. She first realizes she has this capability while in the middle of being sexually assaulted. It was originally theorized she had unusually strong telekinesis, due to the odd way in which her teleporting manifested, until the true nature of her spatial-based and mental abilities came to light. Carina Battrick portrays a younger Henry Coles in a supporting role.
- Sarah Desjardins as Jenna Faith Hope, Henry's soon-to-be stepsister and confidante. Initially cold and distant towards Henry, she becomes closer to her upon discovering that she was sexually assaulted.
- Enuka Okuma as Deputy Anna Hulce, a deputy sheriff in Reston, investigating the incident which left Clay Boone physically disabled for life
- Craig Arnold as Lucas Boone, a local mechanic, drug trafficker, and the eldest son of car and drug dealer Bill Boone
- Tanner Stine as Clay Boone, a star of the local basketball team and Bill Boone's youngest son. A classmate of Henry's, Clay develops an interest in her when she begins attending school. While making out in his car, he attempts to rape her which causes her to have a seizure, telekinetically destroying most of his truck and teleporting for the first time. The incident leaves him without the use of his legs.
- Keegan-Michael Key as Michael Pearce,[a] a man who also possesses the ability to teleport across long distances at will
- Missi Pyle as Cleo Coles, Henry's mother. She is living with and dating Thomas Hope.
- Matt Gordon as Thomas Hope, Jenna's father. He and Cleo Coles live together with Jenna and Henry.
- David James Elliott as Bill Boone, a local car dealer who also traffics in drugs. He is Lucas and Clay's father and Cleo Cole's boss.
- Callum Keith Rennie as Nikolai
- Daniel Maslany as Townes Linderman, an autistic student at Reston High School who becomes close friends with Henry
- Genevieve Kang as Patty Yang, a cheerleader at Reston High School and Clay's ex-girlfriend. She breaks up with him after discovering that he had been cheating on her.
- Gabriel Darku as Zach Jaymes
- Aidan Devine as Sheriff Dale
- Shawn Doyle as Jeremiah Miller
- Tara Rosling as Esther Miller
- Gordon Harper as Amos Miller
- Dylan Trowbridge as Matthew
- Keon Alexander as Dominick, a Frenchman who also possesses the ability to teleport long distances at will, and has greater control over his "jumps" than Henry
- Raphael Bergeron-Lapointe as Tristan, Dominick's six-year-old son who has inherited his father's ability to teleport
- Rohan Mead as Jason Munther
- Geoffrey Pounsett as Deputy Gabriel
- Paula Boudreau as Nurse Mary
- Michael Reventar as Luis Castillo
- Rachel Wilson as Iris
- Alex Paxton-Beesley as Sabine, Dominick's wife and Tristan's mother
- Steve Fifield as Eddie Max
- Catherine Burdon as Eileen Paige, the principal of Reston High School
- Christina Collins as Gale
- Jamal Brown as Quinn
- Julia Knope as Brenda Gasser
- Sam Kantor as Damian
- Kristian Bruun as Sheldon Gibson
- Sandra Flores as Mrs. Gerhard
- Duane Murray as Sam
- Lauren Collins as Meghan Linderman
- Amadeus Serafini as Josh
- Billy Otis as Gil
- Kevin Hanchard as Jack Weakley, a doctor who treats Henry after she suffers her most recent seizure
- Elisa Moolecherry as Nora Barnes
- Michelle Nolden as Wendy Jacobson
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Pilot"||Doug Liman||Story by : Jeffrey Lieber |
Teleplay by : Jeffrey Lieber & Jason Horwitch & Gary Spinelli
|June 6, 2018|
|2||"State of Mind"||Alex Kalymnios||Lauren LeFranc||June 6, 2018|
|3||"Treading Water"||Ed Fraiman||Debra Fordham||June 6, 2018|
|4||"Vita/Mors"||Mark Tonderai||John McCutcheon||June 6, 2018|
|5||"The Eagle and the Bee"||Helen Shaver||Matt Pitts||June 6, 2018|
|6||"In Memoriam"||Valerie Weiss||Michael Bhim & Clare McQuillan||June 6, 2018|
|7||"He Said, She Said"||Maggie Kiley||Torrey Speer||June 6, 2018|
|8||"Awakening"||Rebecca Johnson||Lauren LeFranc & Debra Fordham||June 6, 2018|
|9||"They Know Not What They Do"||Cherien Dabis||Lauren LeFranc & Matt Pitts||June 6, 2018|
|10||"New Beginnings"||Mairzee Almas||Lauren LeFranc||June 6, 2018|
On December 15, 2016, it was announced that YouTube had commissioned a television pilot entitled Impulse from a script by Jeffrey Lieber, with revisions by Gary Spinelli, based on the novel by Steven Gould. It was to be produced by the production companies Hypnotic and Universal Cable Productions with Doug Liman, David Bartis, and Gene Klein of Hypnotic reported to be executive producers. Liman was also expected to direct the pilot as well.
On January 13, 2018, it was announced at the annual Television Critics Association winter press tour that producer/writer Lauren LeFranc had joined the series in the position of showrunner and executive producer. On May 10, 2018, YouTube Red announced, alongside the release of the first official trailer, that the series would premiere on June 6, 2018. On July 19, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season consisting of ten episodes, which is set to premiere on October 16, 2019.
Simultaneously with the announcement of the pilot order, it was confirmed that Maddie Hasson, Sarah Desjardins, Missi Pyle, Enuka Okuma, and Craig Arnold had been cast as series regulars. In addition, it was reported that David James Elliott would appear in the series in a main role.
Production for the pilot began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2016. Filming continued in the Cayuga community in Haldimand County, Ontario at locations including Cayuga Secondary School, the Cayuga Administration Building, Haldimand Motors, Toronto Motorsports Park, a resident's farm, as well as many other facilities. On January 13, 2017, the production filmed an accident scene on Kohler Road in Cayuga. On October 13, 2017, filming for a portion of the rest of the series took place in the Carlisle community of Hamilton, Ontario. Filming for the second season took place from February 21 to June 14, 2019, in Toronto.
On March 22, 2018, YouTube released the first teaser trailer for the series. On March 24, 2018, the show hosted a panel at the annual WonderCon fan convention in Anaheim, California. It was moderated by IGN's Laura Prudom and featured executive producers Liman and Gene Klein, showrunner Lauren LeFranc and actors Maddie Hasson, Missi Pyle and Daniel Maslany. On May 10, 2018, the first official trailer was released. On May 30, 2018, YouTube made the first episode available to those owning a Google Assistant. From June 5–7, 2018, YouTube employed the use of viral marketing with the assistance of popular YouTube creators Kendall Rae, Karina Garcia, Cam's Creations, Nichole Jacklyne, Ayydubs, and Jacksfilms. During the span of those days, the content creators embedded footage of Keon Alexander's character Dominick from the series teleporting into and out of their videos.
On June 7, 2018, the series held its official premiere at the Roxy Cinema in New York City. The premiere included a screening followed by a question and answer session featuring executive producer Doug Liman and lead actress Maddie Hasson.
The series was met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 6.67 out of 10 based on 9 reviews.
- Credited among the main cast in the pilot only.
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