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I was really hot to discuss this show when I binge watched it 2 weeks ago, but now I can barely remember most of it, heh, so here're the brief descriptions from IMDb (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6160506/episodes?year=2018&ref_=tt_eps_yr_2018 ).

It was well done, IMO. 

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Pilot (1.1) 
When Cleo's boyfriend, Thomas, decides to sell Henry's car, Henry enlists the help of high school basketball star, Clay Boone, to steal it back. But when Henry experiences inexplicable seizures, things quickly escalate beyond her control.

State of Mind: (1.2) 
After a visit with a neurologist, Henry hopes her new meds will fix everything. Meanwhile, Bill Boone attempts to identify his son Clay's attacker.

Treading Water (1.3)
Rattled by her newfound power, Henry tests her ability with the help of Thomas's daughter, Jenna Hope, and fellow outsider, Townes Linderman.

Vita/Mors (1.4)
After finding herself in an unknown place, Henry seeks out Jenna and Townes in search of some answers.
 
The Eagle and the Bee (1.5)
Left with no one's support, Henry returns to the unknown place only to discover a startling connection to her past.
 
In Memoriam (1.6)
While Henry returns to Reston with someone from her past, Clay faces some harsh truths about his new reality.
 
He Said, She Said (1.7)
After Henry and Clay have a fight, Cleo tries to make amends by inviting the Boones over for dinner. But the evening takes a devastating turn.
 
Awakenings (1.8)
As Cleo fights for her daughter's well-being, Henry battles her own inner demons.
 
They Know Not What They Do (1.9)
As Henry sets out to find her mother, Cleo navigates an unwanted showdown between Bill Boone and his business associates.
 
New Beginnings (1.10)
After a heart-to-heart with Cleo, Henry faces a life-altering decision: leave Reston for a fresh start, or stay with the Hope family and confront her enemies.

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13 hours ago, shapeshifter said:

I was really hot to discuss this show when I binge watched it 2 weeks ago, but now I can barely remember most of it ...

 

LOL right! I wish this board would have been around when the show premiered.

loved this show. Just fantastic imo. I didn't like Henry per se, but I found her interesting. I really hope they get a season 2.

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On 6/22/2018 at 5:48 PM, shapeshifter said:

i was really hot to discuss this show when I binge watched it 2 weeks ago, but now I can barely remember most of it, heh, so

Same here, I had to start the last episode again just to remember what the show was about. Thanks for the recap. I may have to watch all the episodes again just to get to my talking points. One thing that I still don't like, Clay still has not apologized, he prefers to play the victim card despite both his brother and his dad knowing what he attempted. I really like the natural progressions of Henry and Jenna's relationship and Henry and Townes'. In the end Henry saves Clay's life and instead of thanking her, he threatens to out her.

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7 minutes ago, Jacks-Son said:

One thing that I still don't like, Clay still has not apologized, he prefers to play the victim card despite both his brother and his dad knowing what he attempted. I really like the natural progressions of Henry and Jenna's relationship and Henry and Townes'. In the end Henry saves Clay's life and instead of thanking her, he threatens to out her.

Clay is not likeable, but I appreciate the realistic way he is portrayed. I'm glad they didn't have him be apologetic because people who feel entitled to impose their will on others don't generally change. Becoming paralyzed is probably one of the few life-changing events that could make an entitled person not feel so entitled anymore, but first he has to go through all the stages of anger, grief, and loss, and then, still, he is more likely to get stuck in the bitter angry mode, given his pre-paralyzed personality and social status. But a second season could end with personal growth for him if he's not a sociopath, heh. 

 

One thing keeps nagging at me: Did Henry's mom go off with some guy (presumably to cheat on Tom with after they argued) and the guy was then found dead? 

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Let's see if I can remember, Henry's mom loves 'em and leaves 'em. She was sort of contemplating leaving her latest guy (Jenna's Dad) or at least hooking up with the guy at the bar. Then Henry's words finally sink in and the next scene, she's shown moving boxes, in what appears to be another boyfriend switch but is really her finally unpacking after deciding to stay with Tom. Are you asking if that guy in the bar was eventually found dead? Shit!! I don't remember that part. I would have to see the episode again. If anybody would kill the bar guy it would be Rennie's character, Nicolai. Although what the motive would be I have no clue. I cannot seem to find an in-depth review of the episode but here's a positive review of what the series is doing right.

‘Impulse’ is a smart take on the high-school superpower drama

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In which episode did the bar scene take place?

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5 hours ago, shapeshifter said:

Clay is not likeable, but I appreciate the realistic way he is portrayed. I'm glad they didn't have him be apologetic because people who feel entitled to impose their will on others don't generally change

This is a very delicate topic and I hope I don't offend anyone. It's a situation that is more common than it should be but it's never the actual topic of discussion. One thing I did like the way the show handled  was the whole Clay situation, whether he shows contrition or not, Henry admitted that she kissed Clay and that she wanted to have sex, but then she said no. Her mother understood with clarity, the way the assault transpired. Just saying "No", and to have no say in what happens to your body and to be forced into an act that is not what you want IS rape and the show didn't tiptoe around it. I believe Clay, in HIS MIND, doesn't see it as rape because he felt Henry was willing and that to him, nothing really happened, that's his delusion and he feels what he did doesn't warrant what Henry did to him. Too bad, that's a lesson with a high price. I'm more torn about Lucas' actions. While initially defending his brother, when he found out the full situation, he was disgusted with his brother's behavior. His murder of the Amish boy at the direction of his father showed Lucas to be a boy who simply wanted his father to be proud of him like he was proud of Clay. Who knows what he intended to do to Henry when he wa alone with her in the garage and she was trapped in the trunk of his car. Did he intend to question her forcefully? (probably) He's luck he didn't get a chance to.

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3 hours ago, Jacks-Son said:

I'm more torn about Lucas' actions. While initially defending his brother, when he found out the full situation, he was disgusted with his brother's behavior. His murder of the Amish boy at the direction of his father showed Lucas to be a boy who simply wanted his father to be proud of him like he was proud of Clay. Who knows what he intended to do to Henry when he wa alone with her in the garage and she was trapped in the trunk of his car. Did he intend to question her forcefully? (probably) He's luck he didn't get a chance to.

It seems that the writers didn't have a completely formed idea of Lucas's personality. Forcing a girl into the trunk of a car and murdering someone both shout lack of empathy or, in the vernacular of TV, "sociopath." But then he's mad at Clay for not accepting "no means no" when a girl changes her mind? I'm not sure how that fits.

ETA: I guess Lucas is likely mad because he did those things (trunk stuffing and murder) for Clay and their father, but now it turns out he Clay brought it on himself (more or less--he didn't know when he agreed to help Henry get her car back that he was dealing with someone with uncontrolled, potentially lethal superpowers). 

I can't recall: Was Lucas ever empathetic towards the family who lost their son (who Lucas killed)? 

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13 minutes ago, shapeshifter said:

I can't recall: Was Lucas ever empathetic towards the family who lost their son (who Lucas killed)? 

No, he was not, he was only mad at his father for forcing him to kill an innocent kid. Not empathetic or remorseful, just pissed at his dad. That whole town is filled with questionable characters. Religious folks, (Amish, Luddites?) who manufacture opioids. A sheriff and a car dealer who are complicit in ruining the lives of their kids. The only person who is halfway decent is an Autistic kid who wanted to beat the shit out of Clay when he found out that he assaulted his friend Henry. And a few teens like Jenna and a deputy who wants to do the right thing. Even Henry has morals and saved the guy who raped her when she could've easily teleported to safety.

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On 6/24/2018 at 6:02 PM, shapeshifter said:

I can't recall: Was Lucas ever empathetic towards the family who lost their son (who Lucas killed)? 

I believe he was, but I don't think the writing spelled it out.

He was with the guy's mom at the end though.

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So, I liked Impulse. It turned out to be so much more than its sci-fi pitch, and its unrepentant focus on the emotional layers to sexual assault was really impressive. I don’t know if it was greenlit before or after the #metoo movement began, but regardless, Impulse came out at the right time.

But I am here to rant about how lazy and repetitive the writing is.

I’m all for the symbolism of repeated patterns in storytelling, but Impulse is so effin’ repetitive that… there are four abductions in S1. Two in the same family even—Henry, the daughter, later her mother—both kidnapped by the same guy, Luke. The female deputy was also technically abducted when held at gunpoint and forced to drive; it just happened to be by the DEA. Throw in Henry being pressured into Bill’s car, feeling panicked and trapped when he refused to take her home, and we’re at four. FFS, four, like the writers had no other ideas.

All abductions were carried out in a car, with the woman ultimately escaping the car, because obviously, the entire season is a repeated pattern of Henry’s attack and her escape from Clay’s truck. Scene after scene is a variation on that event, each showing a different outcome.

And for a while, this echoing of the attack is fascinating. It feels like a vindication to see all the other ways that Clay could have behaved besides sexual assault. Clay chose rape, none of the other men with Henry did.

The problem is that in order to stick to the scaffolding of replaying the attack, the writers have to manufacture drama by making the show’s female characters act foolishly.

One example: it’s galling that, days after being assaulted, Henry would get out of her stepsister’s car, stranding herself on the side of the road, to confront her attacker’s brother. Henry’s instinct for safety made her evade Luke at the school and get into Jenna’s car to begin with, but she then strands herself with him?! It’s also not in character for Jenna to drive off, leaving Henry alone with a threatening guy.

And it’s not believable that Henry would then get into Bill’s car after both an assault and kidnapping by his two sons. There’s a lot of manipulation in that sequence—Bill talking Henry into the car and later into blaming the Amish boy, and also of the audience into expecting Henry to use her superpower to escape. It’s standard horror-suspense, especially Henry getting into Bill’s car, but it still makes her behavior seem contrived just to repeatedly put her in danger. And that’s tiresome, even sexist writing.

I’ll check out Season 2, though. I’m interested to see where they go with the characters and larger Jumper-verse.

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This show had promise but the show's focus on feelings and sex just ruins it but above all that the main character (Henrietta) is so fucking annoying, it ain't funny.  Man, she's a selfish miserable bitch!

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12 hours ago, weyrbunny said:

It's standard horror-suspense, especially Henry getting into Bill’s car, but it still makes her behavior seem contrived just to repeatedly put her in danger. And that’s tiresome, even sexist writing

Yes, and I generally tolerate very little of gratutious damsel-in-distress story telling. I guess I stuck with it here because  the "damsel" was empowered to do the rescuing herself. 

 

 

9 hours ago, Hiacios said:

…but above all that the main character (Henrietta) is so fucking annoying, it ain't funny.  Man, she's a selfish miserable bitch!

I'm guessing they made Henry so immature and obnoxious in order to provide room for both growth as a character (e.g., develop feelings of empathy for others and develop some self-critical self awareness) and to allow for several more seasons worth of continued growth. I agree that watching troubled young people navigate the path to independence is not fun; although I appreciated this show, I don't know how many seasons I will stick with it. I only lasted through 2 seasons of Homeland with a similarly afflicted heroine, even though I already loved the actors playing the main characters; here, my jury is still out on the acting. Plus, I've already got three adult daughters struggling to make their way in the world to provide me with dramatic stories—so, yeah, I'll at least start next season, but no further guarantees of my viewership.

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On 7/27/2018 at 4:33 AM, shapeshifter said:

Yes, and I generally tolerate very little of gratutious damsel-in-distress story telling. I guess I stuck with it here because  the "damsel" was empowered to do the rescuing herself. 

 

 

I'm guessing they made Henry so immature and obnoxious in order to provide room for both growth as a character (e.g., develop feelings of empathy for others and develop some self-critical self awareness) and to allow for several more seasons worth of continued growth. I agree that watching troubled young people navigate the path to independence is not fun; although I appreciated this show, I don't know how many seasons I will stick with it. I only lasted through 2 seasons of Homeland with a similarly afflicted heroine, even though I already loved the actors playing the main characters; here, my jury is still out on the acting. Plus, I've already got three adult daughters struggling to make their way in the world to provide me with dramatic stories—so, yeah, I'll at least start next season, but no further guarantees of my viewership.

It's just like the creators made her character so that she is blind to her own actions and the effect they have on other people. The only people I know of who have a disregard for other people are sociopaths. 

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6 hours ago, Hiacios said:

It's just like the creators made her character so that she is blind to her own actions and the effect they have on other people. The only people I know of who have a disregard for other people are sociopaths. 

Immature humans who will eventually become adults capable of feeling empathy often do act like sociopaths, heh. Given her character's backstory of the unstable home, her behavior could just be the result of having lived in a constant state of being concerned primarily with her own welfare—which probably would, IRL, eventually develop into sociopathy. But then why does she also wind up in a trunk or why does she not decline the ride home from the creepy dad? I sure don't know.

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On 7/30/2018 at 3:55 AM, shapeshifter said:

Immature humans who will eventually become adults capable of feeling empathy often do act like sociopaths, heh. Given her character's backstory of the unstable home, her behavior could just be the result of having lived in a constant state of being concerned primarily with her own welfare—which probably would, IRL, eventually develop into sociopathy. But then why does she also wind up in a trunk or why does she not decline the ride home from the creepy dad? I sure don't know.

Wow, you know what you're talking about. I didn't even see it that way.

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5 hours ago, Hiacios said:

Wow, you know what you're talking about. I didn't even see it that way.

Or at least I think I know what I'm talking about. ;-)

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