DAYBREAK on Netflix TV Review

DAYBREAK on Netflix TV Review

DAYBREAK on Netflix starts out with a comedic feel of doom and evolves into a solidly serious dramatic story of survival and existing after a near-apocalyptic event.



High school outcast Josh is searching for his missing girlfriend in post apocalyptic Glendale, CA. He's joined by a group of misfits, Angelica and his former bully Wesley. On the way they'll face many weird things.

The series comes to us from Aron Eli Coleite (Star Trek Discovery, Hostages, The River, Heroes), and Brad Peyton (Rampage, San Andreas, Frontier). The cast made up of youthful actors carry the story nicely.

The cast is not led by, but includes a geeky high school principle in the form of Matthew Broderick, Colin Ford as "Just Josh," Alyvia Alyn Lind, Sophie Simnett, Austen Crute, Cody Kearsley and more.


The story starts when there's an near-atomic missile explosion but the effects of the explosion kills or converts adults into ghoulies, while all the young adults and kids seemed to have been immune.

We learn this via a conversation that the primary character, Josh, is having with the audience, narration style, reminiscent of Zombieland. Mostly, he talks to us, but every now and then, he engages the teleprompter who writes some scene clues to the screen too. Don't worry, it works great actually.

The comedic angle starts right away, as we learn that these adult zombies or ghoulies ramble around muttering the last thoughts or lines they had in their head when the died.

We're introduced to the primary characters and story lines slowly but surely over the span of the first third of the season, rather than everything slammed at the viewers at once, It makes for an easy-to-follow plot.

The show has a fascinating formula or set of character transitions, from some of the good guys turn bad, and some bad guys turn good, while some of the good guys were bad guys before the event, and atoning for their deeds, and what not.


Colin Ford's delivery of this geeky Josh is sublime and I can see him covering roles from geeky to manly down the road. It was a pleasure to watch him. Others from the cast pitch out great characters and the show pretty much is fun to watch.

It starts out comedic, but about halfway through the season, it gets more serious as enemies and challenges are put forth in the plot.

And it's not too gory... it's more off-screen than in your face.

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