Daybreak is a teenage series like you’ve never seen before, and from the looks of the trailer it is going to be very entertaining. In this provocative and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series follows an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate in this new world. Based in the city of Glendale, California this series is a combination of Mad Max meets Ferris Bueller where the town is populated by: jocks, gamers, the 4-H Club, and other tribes that are all fighting to survive after a nuclear blast on the night of Homecoming, of all nights.
The Netflix series is Executive produced by: Aron Eli Coleite, Brad Peyton, and Jeff Fierson.
Matthew Broderick as Glendale High School’s Principal Michael Burr; Krysta Rodriguez as the biology teacher; Colin Ford as our hero and every-teen, 17-year-old Josh Wheeler; Sophie Simnett as Sam Dean, the most widely admired girl at Glendale High; Austin Crute as a contemplative samurai Wesley Fists; Alyvia Alyn Lind as highly the unstable kid genius Angelica Green; Cody Kearsley as Turbo Bro Jock, the bloodthirsty leader of the jocks; Jeanté Godlock as Mona Lisa, his badass right-hand woman; and Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan.
The music in the trailer is definitely an honest metaphor for the fierce thirst for survival, rebellion and avant-garde expressiveness within the series. While this series on the surface may seems to be full of gore, rebelliousness and a lack of restraint, there’s also a message of embracing hard times and fighting until the end.
This is definitely not a show for younger audiences, but rather a series for teenagers, young adults and millennials. This series showcases a different type of diversity in its depiction of teenagers. While based in sunny California, you will not see a lot of clean-cut, All-American pristine teenagers. Be prepared to see: Mohawk hairstyles, bright-colored dyed hair, piercings and armor to say the least.
This series appears to be for liberal audiences, but that remains to be seen. Conservative parents may find the swearing, sexuality and some aspects of the series as too provocative. However, themes such as: freedom of expression, taking ownership of individuality and making the best of what could be a bad situation. A quote from one of the teens in the series sums of the spirit of the show best with, “So, where do I see myself in the future? Crushing the apocalypse.” This series is going to be original to say the least!
With Broderick as the Glendale High School principal, it’s safe to say that he’s pretty awesome to have gone from skipping classes to now leading a school. With this spunky crop of young, fresh actors and Broderick’s fan base, there may be a little something here for a multi-generational viewing audience indeed.
Daybreak debuts October 24 on Netflix.