Review: Impulse, season 2

Maddie Hasson in Impulse

Impulse, season 2, is packed with high emotion and action. Henry (Maddie Hasson) struggles to figure out what to do about her suddenly discovered power to teleport. All around her, the situation goes from bad to worse.

When I reviewed season 1 of Impulse, season 2 of this YouTube original was still premium content. Now it is free. If the premium subscription was holding you back, that’s no longer a problem.

This is one of the best sci fi series I’ve seen anywhere.

Missi Pyle in Impulse

In season 2, Henry is still dealing with her need to keep both her sexual assault and her teleportation abilities secret. She lies to Cleo (Missi Pyle), her mother, about everything.

Sarah Desjardins in Impulse

She drags her friends Jenna (Sarah Desjardins) and Townes (Daniel Maslany) into trouble with her. Henry outs Jenna as a lesbian to her dad, Thomas (Matt Gordon), to keep Jenna from telling her teleportation secret.

Henry looks to the older Nikolai (Callum Keith Rennie), a man who can also teleport, for answers. Nikolai helps her in some ways, but lies to her about other things.

Craig Arnold in Impulse

Lucas Boone (Craig Arnold) goes through a huge transformation in season 2. He lives with the Mennonites, specifically with Esther (Tara Rosling). She is the mother of the Mennonite boy Lucas’ father had killed, but she takes Lucas in and mothers him. By the end of season 2, Lucas has confessed to crimes he didn’t commit to protect Henry.

The more Henry lies, the more her problems multiply. She does worse and worse things in desperation to keep her secret – to Nikolai, to still curious Anna Hulce (Enuka Okuma), to Lucas, to her mother.

As the season drew toward a more and more exciting conclusion, I felt sure the story was building toward another season and not an ending. As confirmation, we finally see Fatima (Shohreh Aghdashloo) in the last few moments of episode 10. We only heard her unmistakable voice on the phone up to this moment. She tries to recruit Henry to be part of – what? We don’t know what yet. Henry burned her bridges with everyone by the end of the season. Does that mean she’s ready to take whatever Fatima is offering?

I have not seen any announcement about season 3. I’m hoping for one.

Some good things happened in season 2. Townes finally met his mysterious digital girlfriend Zoe (Angel Giuffria) in real life. They hit it off right away, even though Zoe was afraid he would reject her because of her prosthetic arm. (The prosthetic is real. Angel Giuffria calls herself the Bionic Actress.)

Jenna got invited a college party. She finally got to kiss a girl. She kissed a girl and she liked it. She admitted to herself she liked it, an important step for her. Her dad didn’t like it, which caused conflict in the family.

The special effects were brilliantly done. There was a fight scene between Henry and Nikolai that was amazing! The acting is all top notch, especially series star Maddie Hasson. Impulse was created by Jeffrey Lieber. Women directors in season 2 include Mairzee Almas, Maggie Kiley, Sydney Freeland, Alexis Ostrander, and Jill Robertson.

Impulse poster

Check out the trailer for season 2.

If you aren’t already hooked on this series, I suggest you get over to YouTube and give it a chance.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

After many years as an educator and writer, Virginia finally retired from working life. She's always loved a good movie or TV show and wants to use her free time to talk about them with you now. She's Old Ain't Dead!

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