A review of Netflix’s ‘Daybreak’

Aize Hassan, Reporter

   Netflix added a new show to their list of originals on Oct. 24, called “Daybreak.”­

   The show, loosely based on an indie comic by the same name, follows a group of teens in post-apocalyptic California where adults turn into zombie-like creatures called “ghoulies” and school cliques goes from the lunchroom to real-life clans.

   Created by Brad Peyton and Aron Eli Coleite, the show features small names in the main cast, such as Colin Ford, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, and Krysta Rodriguez.

   The plotline, like every Netflix show, was normal enough to be enjoyable but quirky enough to not be on a normal television. Although it had its quirks, it also was very typical for the zombie/post-apocalyptic show. It starred the usual lone-wolf main character that is pining after and looking for a girl (Josh Wheeler) and is later, as usual, reluctantly paired with an annoying but clever little girl (Angelica Green). The character dynamics were quite similar to the film “Zombieland,” which made them a bit stale.

   The storytelling of this show was quite enjoyable, with each episode being dedicated to a certain character, and depending on that character, the narration would change. For example, the main character, Josh Wheeler, spoke to the audience while another character named Wesley Fits’s episode was narrated as if it were a samurai film.

   Each episode would switch between the present and the past in smooth transitions to explain why things were the way they were, but it also left out a lot of basic things. For example, it didn’t explain if only California was effected or the whole world. It didn’t even explain if only their town of Glendale was effected or the whole state of California because the clans shown in the show seemed to only consist of Glendale High School students. But, these could also be loopholes left open to tackle in the upcoming second season of the show.

   The show featured a lot of diversity within its characters, which was very refreshing. The diversity, however, did not justify the dialogue. The dialogue, although funny and pop-culture based, was often confusing, especially towards the end of the season, which gaslighted the rest in a bad way, and it made the characters less likable.

   The set and props were fantastic. The realistic and sucked the viewer into the story, and it was clear that it was not a cheap production. The orange-yellow tones gave it the classic post-apocalyptic, destruction look. With their choice of setting and props, it really felt as if they were in present-day California, which is something that really saved the show from being a complete disaster.

   Overall, the first season deserves two a half stars out of five. The second season hopefully will improve writing and will answer some questions.