After its critically well-received first season it comes as no surprise that YouTube Premium has ordered a second round of the YA sci-fi adventure series Impusle. The first season dropped on the recently rebranded streaming services’ subscription platform earlier this year to strong first reactions and good reviews that praised the series’ ability to balance genre action and world building with a no less complex story of a young woman dealing with all the trappings of adolescence in addition to surviving a sexual assault by a classmate.
A sequel/spinoff of Doug Liman’s 2008 film Jumper, Impulse expands on the concepts developed there, as well as in the novels by Steven Gould, on which the franchise is based. Heading up the series is Maddie Hasson as Henry Coles, a young woman plagued with seizures and trapped in a small New York town that, as depicted in the first season, is nothing short of a snow-encrusted wasteland controlled in part by a criminal element headed up by David James Elliott’s Bill Boone — the father of the high schooler who assaulted Henry.
As handled by showrunner Lauren LeFranc, Impulse demonstrated YouTube Premium could compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in terms of churning out compelling, well-made original content, and it looks like the powers that be at the streaming service agree. In an official statement from Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original content, the service is eager to move forward with more teleporting adventures.
“This dramatic thriller has all of the right elements -- with unexplained events and complex characters who drew us into their mysterious world right from the start. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Universal Cable Productions and the talented team at Hypnotic to create another intriguing season.”
It’s been a solid year for YouTube Premium’s original game, as in addition to wisely dropping the “Red” in its name, the service also launched the Karate Kid sequel Cobra Kai. The half-hour comedy/martial arts series not only revitalized a dormant franchise and brought Ralph Macchio and William Zabka back to the roles they played 35 years ago, it became the first must-see series on the nascent streaming service, with Impulse following not far behind. Both series are set to deliver second seasons soon, so it might be time to decide whether or not YouTube Premium’s offerings are enough to open your wallet for yet another subscription service.
Impulse season 2 does not yet have a premiere date.