The first trailer for a new YouTube Red series called Impulse just came online and, on the surface, it looks like your basic, intriguing, YA science fiction series. But this isn’t a basic YA science fiction series.
Produced by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Bourne Identity), Impulse is named after the third book in the Jumper series by Steven Gould. That’s, of course, the same series Liman made a movie about in 2008 starring Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson. The book the new series is based on followed the daughter of the main characters from Jumper who inherited the ability to teleport and there’s little in this trailer that tells us it’s going to be that much different. Except that the tone and visuals look downright dark and depressing.
So, basically, the show is about a young girl (Maddie Hasson) who feels isolated from everyone else in her town and then discovers she can teleport. That second part doesn’t quite come across much in this trailer, though. It’s more about setting up a mood and generally miserable existence for the character. I’m curious to see how far the show pushes the scifi elements and teleporting or if things are really as grounded as this trailer suggests.
There’s no release date for Impulse yet but all ten, one-hour episodes will go on YouTube Red this summer.