As a red-blooded American nerd (and proud of it) my interest in all things nerdy was recently peaked by Impulse, YouTube Red’s newest addition to its premium on-demand line up. This sci-fi action series depicts a seizure-prone young woman who, as it turns out, has the power of teleportation. Now even though seeing teenagers with “abilities” on screen is far from new, this particular project chose a less effects-laden route. The writers took a “show more, explain less” approach to revealing the cruxes of the narrative -- as evidenced by how necessary every line spoken is to the forward momentum of the story -- instead of relying on existing fan bases and pre-existing characters … or did they? My nerdy-sense had been tingling the entire time I watched this show, almost as if I was experiencing déjà vu, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out why ... until I did!
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