YouTube breakout hit Impulse is headed to San Diego Comic Con


Cast members and executive producers from YouTube Red’s critically-acclaimed new series Impulse will have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con later this month. CW: Sexual Assault

Impulse ended its 10-episode run on quite an ominous cliffhanger, but behind the scenes, things are looking anything but bleak for the cast and crew.

The series, which premiered June 6, has received widespread praise, and it will now be promoted on the opening day of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC).

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According to TVLine, the Impulse panel will feature cast members Maddie Hasson and Missi Pyle as well as executive producers Doug Liman, Lauren LeFranc, Gene Klein and David Bartis.

Cast member Sarah Desjardins tweeted July 3 that she will also be in attendance.

They are slated to appear in the Indigo Ballroom at 12 p.m. on Thursday, July 19.

Hasson stars as strong-willed 16-year-old Henry Coles, whose life changes drastically when a classmate (Tanner Stine) sexually assaults her.

In addition to facing the major physical, mental and emotional effects of the trauma, Henry is also left searching for answers about a terrifying new ability triggered by the assault — teleportation.

Pyle stars as Henry’s mom Cleo, who struggles to connect with the daughter she believes has always been determined to shut her out. As Cleo tries to make a new life for herself and Henry in their latest of several hometowns, she remains dangerously unaware that Reston, NY is bringing Henry more and more pain by the day.

Desjardins stars as Jenna Hope, Henry’s quasi-step sister and close friend. While she and Henry don’t get along initially, the very empathetic Jenna becomes a major support system for Henry after the assault. Meanwhile, at school, Jenna struggles to choose between being true to herself and fitting in with the popular kids.

EP LeFranc serves as the series’ showrunner, and EP Liman directed the pilot. Liman was also the director of the 2008 film Jumper, which exists in the same universe as Impulse.

Impulse has yet to be renewed for a second season by YouTube Red but being invited to SDCC is a promising sign of the show’s success. According to TVLine, Impulse‘s panel will be immediately followed by Origin, the only other YouTube Red show being promoted at SDCC.

According to Deadline, the upcoming sci-fi series, led by Harry Potter co-stars Natalie Tena and Tom Felton, will feature a kind of desert island premise, except in space.

"[The show] follows a group of strangers who find themselves stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet. The abandoned passengers must work together for survival, but quickly realize that one of them is far from who they claim to be."

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According to TVLine, Tena and Felton will be on the panel along with co-stars Sen Mitsuji and Nora Arnezeder as well as creator Mika Watkins and director Paul W.S. Anderson. Anderson will helm the show’s first two episodes, according to Deadline.