“FWASH-BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!” delivers a satisfying and genuinely surprising ending, organically setting up a second season.
This recap of Daybreak Season 1, Episode 10, “FWASH-BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
We’ve reached the endgame in Daybreak Episode 10, the finale, in which Burr (Matthew Broderick) has acquired a nuclear weapon fitted with the same biological agent that wiped out the adult population in the first place. The problem is he needs child genius, Angelica (Alyvia Alyn Lind), to make it work, so “FWASH-BOOM” opens with a missile launch that detonates the Cheermazons compound and leaves everyone deaf for a good chunk of the episode.
When Josh (Colin Ford) wakes up Sam (Sophie Simnett), their dialogue is subtitled. Still, she makes her point easily enough by pointing to the Baron’s mask. She has made a big mistake.
Angelica wakes up in captivity, along with Ms. Crumble (Krysta Rodriguez). Josh and Sam return to the mall, where the latter gets into a written argument with K.J. (Chelsea Zhang) over whether to run away or stop Burr from detonating the nuke. Everyone sides with K.J., and Sam uses her female intuition to suss out that she and Josh slept together.
Sam’s fuming about this, sticking multiple offensive post-it notes on Josh declaring him a hypocrite, Justin Bieber, and various other offensive, hilarious things. But he’s able to win her over by showing her the post-it he has kept, reading “where are you?” and now looking a bit worse for wear, and writing another reading “I am here.” They reconcile.
Turbo (Cody Kearsley) and Wesley (Austin Crute) agree to a duel to settle their differences. They arm themselves and set a timer, but before it expires, Turbo puts his hands in the air and allows Wesley to shoot him, saying out loud that he loves him. Wesley pulls the trigger, but they’re replica confetti pistols, so nobody gets hurt. Josh and Sam arrive after visiting the Cheermazons and learning that Burr took Angelica.
K.J. and the mall kids rejoin them. It’s a dream team. Taking Turbo’s hilarious chariot, the full crew head out with musical and thus ghoulie accompaniment to confront Burr and the Jocks. This giant conflict takes up the bulk of Daybreak Episode 10, with Turbo and Wesley leading the charge against Jocks and ghoulies alike as Sam fights Burr and Josh retrieves Ms. Crumble, who can figure out the biological makeup of the weapon. The fight is a lot of fun, with Josh eventually saving Sam by skewering Burr with his sword. Of course, he can’t die from being stabbed, but the blade was coated in peanut butter — Burr is allergic to nuts, which is comically treated as a major twist. Antagonized by the allergy, whatever is growing inside Burr thrusts a hand through his stomach. It gives Josh the finger, and he slices it off.
Burr hints at a greater threat growing inside them, but we never get any more explanation about it, nor any mention of Ms. Crumble’s similar mutations, or the sticky high-five the two of them shared. No matter. When everyone emerges back outside, Sam easily negotiates a ceasefire because she’s just so lovely and well-liked. Once Ms. Crumble identifies that the bioweapon is the same one that turned the adult population into ghoulies in the first place, Angelica, inspired by the fact she’s stood on a giant phallus built by men who want to f*** the world, realizes she can launch the rocket into the mesosphere. However, it has to be manually fired from the platform. Ms. Crumble nobly volunteers, claiming she will simply turn into mist and float away.
In a tearful farewell, the kids all flee while Ms. Crumble sets off the rocket. Angelica is devastated. As the rocket detonates in midair and the kids look on sadly, Ms. Crumble appears beside them. Angelica asks what she is, and she says she doesn’t know, but they’re going to have fun figuring it out together.
Daybreak Season 1, Episode 10 ends with Josh declaring his love for Sam, who… surprisingly rejects him. She says he doesn’t love her — he just loves the idea of her as a damsel. He still doesn’t know her. All this time he has been mistakenly thinking that the apocalypse was the best thing to ever happen to him when in actuality it was the best thing to ever happen to her. Daybreak ends with her taking over as leader, smugly sitting down on Turbo’s throne.
Jonathon is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has been Senior Editor and Chief Critic of the outlet since 2017.