Daybreak Recap: Winning’s Winning Time of the Month

October 24, 2019
Jonathon Wilson 1
Netflix, TV, TV Recaps
3.5

Summary

“5318008” is stuffed full of twists and turns, as friends turn on each other and Turbo finally gets a win.

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3.5

Summary

“5318008” is stuffed full of twists and turns, as friends turn on each other and Turbo finally gets a win.

This recap of Daybreak Season 1, Episode 6, “5318008”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.


In a comical touch, Daybreak Episode 6, which is told mostly from the perspective of Turbo (Cody Kearsley), splashes his inner monologue on the screen in the form of subtitles. In the opening of “5318008”, he recreates the mall battle out of figurines, realizing that he lost because someone from his own tribe attempted to assassinate him with an arrow.

At the mall, Wesley (Austin Crute) and Eli (Gregory Kasyan) have been locked up by Josh (Colin Ford), who doesn’t know what to do with them. But what he does know is that Turbo isn’t going to leave them alone, so he needs to be dealt with. Angelica (Alyvia Alyn Lind), meanwhile, tries to hail her mother on the radio, confessing that she lied about Sam (Sophie Simnett) being dead, which evidently still troubles her.

K.J. (Chelsea Zhang) reveals to Josh that she speaks English, and pretends not to because people happily say whatever they like in front of someone who they perceive to be different. She insists now is the time to go after Turbo, as he’ll be vulnerable, and for help doing so she and Josh turn to Aria Killigan, who operates a secret, elite strike force of hardcore gamers known as the Game Overs.

To get to the bottom of who betrayed them, Turbo and Mona Lisa (Jeanté Godlock) lock up their followers in Daybreak Episode 6, while flashbacks help to flesh out the source of some of Turbo’s issues, mostly in the form of his amazing humanitarian absentee father. As Turbo presides over the trial of several of his followers, further flashbacks reveal that the picture of Turbo’s father in his room is just a stock photo frame image; Wesley believes Turbo is lying about his humanitarian efforts, but he’s just repeating what he has been told by the man who returns home for just long enough to hand his son a Skeletor figurine before disappearing once again — to help orphans, he insists, but it’s an unlikely excuse.

The titular 5318008 is an Overwatch player who is going to help the Game Overs take out Turbo. Josh and K.J. watch the attempted assassination via helmet cams, but it quickly becomes clear that the team are being ambushed. Aria is captured and tortured with educational videos of childbirth, forcing her to give up 5318008, which is apparently the username of Gary (Mickey Dolan), who claims he’s being set up. This is a more likely culprit than Owen (Andrew Fox), who earlier claimed responsibility for not being diligent enough in his quartermaster duties since he was so focused on training to become one of the team.

The other major subplot of Daybreak Episode 6 is Angelica and Ms. Crumble (Krysta Rodriguez) going to see Burr (Matthew Broderick) in captivity, but he manages to talk Ms. Crumble into turning on Angelica, who we learn has just started her period. The scent of the blood is turning Ms. Crumble feral, but Angelica is able to barricade herself in the bathroom while Burr, playing the kindly school principal role, attempts to talk her through it. Smartly, this whole thing isn’t played for laughs at all. In fact, it’s kind of tragic; Angelica is easily the most compelling character in the show by virtue of being the youngest, but this is the clearest example of how a mother’s absence can affect a young girl who needs that figure in her life.

“5318008” ends with a whole bunch of reveals. As Gary is made to perform a note-perfect song that he’s clearly — and hilariously — miming, we learn that Turbo set the whole thing up. Since Josh has beaten him at every opportunity so far, he needed a win, and he got one on his own terms. In the abandoned Game Overs’ hideout, Josh and K.J. have sex. Angelica, after figuring out how to use the tampon, finds Ms. Crumble beginning to mutate in the same way Burr was. And the final twist of Daybreak Season 1, Episode 6, comes when Josh rewatches the footage of Turbo taunting him after taking out the gamers and sees Sam in the background.


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