Daybreak (2019 TV series)
by Brian Ralph
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||38–50 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||October 24, 2019|
Daybreak is an American post-apocalyptic comedy-drama web television series created by Brad Peyton and Aron Eli Coleite, based on the eponymous comic series by Brian Ralph. It premiered on October 24, 2019 on Netflix and stars Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Cody Kearsley, Jeanté Godlock, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez and Matthew Broderick.
The series follows the story of 17-year-old Canadian high school outcast Josh Wheeler searching for his missing British girlfriend Sam Dean in post-apocalyptic Glendale, California. Joined by a ragtag group of misfits including a 10 year old pyromaniac Angelica and Josh's former high school bully Wesley, now turned pacifist would be samurai, Josh tries to stay alive amongst the horde of Mad Max-style gangs (evil jocks, cheerleaders turned Amazon warriors), zombie-like creatures called Ghoulies, and everything else this brave new world throws at him.
- Colin Ford as Josh Wheeler: a lone survivor seeking his girlfriend in the post-apocalyptic landscape.
- Alyvia Alyn Lind as Angelica Green: a 10 year old genius with mild pyromania.
- Sophie Simnett as Samaira "Sam" Dean: widely popular before the Apocalypse, she becomes the focus of Josh's search after the bombs fall.
- Austin Crute as Wesley Fists: a self-styled rōnin seeking redemption for his past mistakes.
- Cody Kearsley as Turbo "Bro Jock" Pokaski: former quarterback and the unhinged leader of the Jocks during the Apocalypse.
- Jeanté Godlock as Mona Lisa: a Jock and Turbo's second in command.
- Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan: a resilient and self-serving survivor who occupies the Glendale Mall.
- Krysta Rodriguez as Ms. Crumble / The Witch: Glendale High's biology teacher who exhibits different behaviors compared to other ghoulies.
- Matthew Broderick as Michael Burr / Baron Triumph: Glendale High's principal who has an earnest desire to help the students succeed.
- Chester Rushing as Terrence "Terry" Markazian: captain of the golf team.
- Micah McNeil as Jerry: a member of the golf team.
- Alan Trong as Larry: a member of the golf team.
- Mickey Dolan as Gary Stern: a member of the golf team.
- Jon Levert as Barry: a member of the golf team.
- Luke Valen as #54: a dimwitted Jock used by everyone around him.
- Chelsea Zhang as Karen Jane "KJ": a Chinese exchange student, polyglot, and Josh's ally.
- Estrella Avila as Jessica Huntley: a survivor rescued from Baron Triumph.
- Kevin Bransford as Other Gay Josh: frequently referred to throughout the series when Josh Wheeler is introduced.
- Jack Justice as Jew-Fro Simon: a survivor rescued from Baron Triumph.
- Jade Payton as Demi Anderson: one of the three leaders of the Cheermazons.
- Sandra Mae Frank as Victoria: one of the three leaders of the Cheermazons who communicates by ASL.
- Emily Snell as Miryam: one of the three leaders of the Cheermazons.
- Charlotte Benesch as Camilla
- Barbie Robertson as Veronica: Victoria's closest friend and interpreter.
- Sammi Hanratty as Aria Killigan: the reclusive leader of the Gamers, and ally of KJ.
- Rob H. Roy as Jayden Hoyles: a minor antagonist to Josh and Principal Burr.
- Erik Christensen as Jaden Thompson Magee
- Gabriel Armijo as Jaden Unger
- Austin Maas as Bro jock
- Zoe Biggers as Jaden Florentina
- Andrew Fox as Owen 'Slowen' Krieger
- A.J. Voliton as Fred
- Natalie Alyn Lind as Mavis: Eli's girlfriend in the Mall.
- Mitchell Hoog as Nimrod: one of the Gamers and Aria's friend.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 1"||Brad Peyton||Aron Eli Coleite & Brad Peyton||October 24, 2019|
|Josh is thriving in a post-apocalyptic world, as he looks for his girlfriend Sam. After his regular hideout is wrecked by a mutant pug, he inadvertently rescues Angelica from a sadistic golf team. He also meets his old bully, Wesley who is a self-styled pacifist samurai, as the three team up against Turbo and the Jock tribe. After being tipped off that Sam is at the mall, they make their way there, only to be chased by the Baron Triumph. He pulls up and the trio are shocked to see who it is.|
|2||"Schmuck Bait!"||Brad Peyton||Aron Eli Coleite & Brad Peyton||October 24, 2019|
|On the run from Turbo and the Jocks, Josh, Angelica and Wesley end up in the Glendale Mall, where they meet Eli who was dressed up as Triumph. Eli double crosses Josh and Angelica in a section of the mall where they come across 'The Witch' who is revealed to be Ms. Crumble, and are surprised to discover she is able to talk. After talking to Ms. Crumble, they begin to go on the run when a ghoulie enters the mall, attacking Josh. Eli comes to the rescue by stabbing the ghoulie in the eye. All of a sudden the lift opens and it is Baron Triumph ready to attack. The witch appears, who scares off Triumph. Josh discovers he has been bitten and attempts to amputate his forearm but proceeds to chop his finger off. Angelica shouts at him, showing him her arm with bite marks on, stating that they do not turn you into a ghoulie, before Josh passes out.|
|3||"The Slime Queenpin of Glendale, CA"||Michael Patrick Jann||Calaya Michelle Stallworth||October 24, 2019|
|With Josh passed out, Angelica takes over the narrative of the story and explains how she came to be amongst all the teenagers. It is revealed that she is a kid genius and was the drug dealer for the high school. Wesley and Angelica go on a mission to retrieve medication for Josh leaving him under the protection of a hungry Ms. Crumble. She gathers up a load of maggots, and puts Josh's finger into the bowl. It is revealed that the maggots helped the healing of his finger. Meanwhile, Angelica plots a plan of faking Sam's death, just so Josh doesn't leave the trio.|
|4||"MMMMMMM-HMMMMMM"||Michael Patrick Jann||Andy Black||October 24, 2019|
|Convinced that Baron Triumph is behind "Sam's death," and is the old school bully Jayden Hoyles, Josh goes after him. After Triumph captures Josh, Wes & Turbo, they discover his lair is an old cereal factory. Locked up in cages, Josh picks out some lock picks from his make shift mannequin finger but drops one of them, grabbing the attention from one of Triumph's slaves who appears to not speak any English. He goes outside to see Hoyles above a fire, ready to be roasted. In shock, Josh turns to see the real Baron Triumph pull off his mask, and it is none other than Principal Burr, who now likes to feed on the children. After an epic fight, Josh frees the prisoners, leaving behind Turbo and leaving Burr to "drown" in the goblin flakes cereal. He arrives back at the mall where Eli was let out his half of the mall to give Angelica and Ms. Crumble a makeover, with all the prisoners and slaves, creating a bigger community.|
|5||"Homecoming Redux or My So Called Stunt Double Life"||Sherwin Shilati||Ira Madison III||October 24, 2019|
|Wesley's story reveals that he has to choose between his boyfriend Turbo and Josh. We see that Wesley has always loved Turbo, but hates the way he makes him choose between him and hurting his 3rd cousin Emmett in a football game before the apocalypse happened. Turbo says that Wesley has to kill Josh or he kills all. The kids at the mall decide to put on a dance, listening to the music through bluetooth headphones to avoid succumbing the ghoulies. Eli helps Wesley poison the crown that Josh was sure to win due to his heroic actions, however Wesley wins the vote. Buckled by his guilt, he knocks the crown away before the lights go out and Turbo's tribe turn up, ready to kill anyone that crosses them. However Wesley has already warned everyone what Turbo's plans are, so the teens hide and get ready to attack.|
|6||"5318008"||Sherwin Shilati||Emily Fox||October 24, 2019|
|Josh and KJ meet the gamers and discover that there is traitor amongst the Jocks who wants to kill Turbo. They ask the gamers for help to kill Turbo, but unfortunately he has one up on them. Angelica & Ms Crumble visit the cereal factory where Principal Burr has been kept prisoner. Due to starting her period, Ms. Crumble tries to attack Angelica, who discovers how to use a tampon with the help of Burr. She opens the door to Ms. Crumble collapsing, where something mysterious has taken over her back. After sleeping with KJ, Josh looks back at the footage from the gamers cams inside the school, where he discovers that Sam is still alive and is held hostage by the Jocks. Back at the mall, where Wesley & Eli are tied up due to their betrayals, Angelica arrives back to be told that Wesley told Josh that they faked Sam's death, leading to Josh banishing the three of them.|
|7||"Canta Tu Vida"||Mark Tonderai-Hodges||Jenn Kao||October 24, 2019|
|Ms. Crumble looks for Angelica and reaches the Cheermazon tribe, competing in trials to get into the tribe. Angelica joins the tribe. Ms. Crumble meanwhile drops in and out of reality, thinking she is in her own sitcom. Back at the school, Mona discovers that Turbo set himself up by getting hit by an arrow and blaming it on Gary who was part of the unfortunate golf team, leaving Barry as the only surviving member. Sam, Barry and Mona formulate a plan to get Principal Burr back into power and try and get things "back to normal." At the mall, Eli repeatedly tries to break back into it, with each time Josh kicking him out. The alarms sound, with Josh convinced it is Eli. He goes up on the roof to find a girl, who reveals herself to be Mavis, who was believed to be Eli's girlfriend who is actually a mannequin. Here is where it is discover that Josh broke up with Sam just before the apocalypse happened.|
|8||"Post Mates"||Kate Herron||Aron Eli Coleite||October 24, 2019|
|This episode solely concentrates on the day that Sam & Josh broke up. They ditch school to go to Josh's apartment, where they consent to sleep with each other. Josh discovers that Sam is not a virgin like he is. After ordering a lot of food, they go out into the swimming pool where Sam shuts down the fact that Josh thinks she is this "Nice" girl ever since he posted that video of her, which she wished he never did. After, they have sex for the first time. Since arriving at the apartment, Josh's mom rings him repeatedly, texting him to "call his dad." Sam answers his phone to which Josh proceeds to talk to his mother. Without saying anything, Josh abruptly gets up, leaving Sam in the apartment. She finds him on the sidewalk to which he tells her his father has died. Josh blames Sam for distracting him, calling her a "slut." She storms off back to the school, ready for the big football game, and before the nuclear bomb hits.|
|9||"Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 2"||Michael Patrick Jann||Story by : Emily Fox & Jenn Kao |
Teleplay by : Aron Eli Coleite
|October 24, 2019|
|Sam brings Principal Burr back to the school, who promptly overthrows Turbo in single combat and dumps his body outside the camp. Wesley rescues Turbo and begins to nurse him back to health. During flashbacks, Josh learns to hunt with his father and realizes that he has pushed away everyone he cares about to prevent himself from getting hurt. He then recruits Eli to help him infiltrate the High School dressed as Baron Triumph to rescue Sam; the two bond over shared interests in Pokémon cards, until Eli is fatally attacked by Hoyle, who mistakes him for the Baron. Burr attempts to turn things back to "normal," in the school by resuming regular activities; working with Sam, they discover that the teenagers may have survived due to HPV vaccinations instituted before the explosions. Burr quickly returns to his old ways and poisons the school with sedative slime. Josh resumes the mission dressed as Triumph and successfully enters the school, which is empty except for Sam. As Sam and Josh reunite, Burr detonates one of the unexploded bombs, sending shockwaves throughout Glendale.|
|10||"FWASH-BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!"||Michael Patrick Jann||Aron Eli Coleite||October 24, 2019|
Peyton started creating a series based on the graphic novel in 2012. He realised that the book had influences from Ferris Bueller. On July 26, 2018, Netflix announced an order for the production of a ten-episode first season. Aron Eli Coleite was set to serve as showrunner for the series. The series is created by Brad Peyton and Coleite who are credited as executive producers alongside Jeff Fierson. ASAP Entertainment will be involved in the production of the series. In September 2019, it was reported that the series was set to premiere on October 24, 2019.
In October 2018, it was announced that Matthew Broderick would star in the series. In the same month, it was reported that Colin Ford, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Gregory Kasyan, Krysta Rodriguez, Cody Kearsley and Jeante Godlock joined the cast.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 73% approval rating for the first season with an average rating of 6.98/10, based on 30 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Daybreak's blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like you've seen a few of them before." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 56 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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