“Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 2” provides a potential explanation for the apocalypse and some closure for Josh — and a last-minute surprise.
This recap of Daybreak Season 1, Episode 9, “Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 2”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
In a surprising development to kick off Daybreak Episode 9, Turbo (Cody Kearsley) is overthrown by Burr (Matthew Broderick), who was recruited by Sam (Sophie Simnett) and Mona Lisa (Jeanté Godlock) to take back control of the school. Things were getting out of hand under Turbo’s leadership, so it’s time for a change. Turbo is tossed in a skip, presumed dead, but Wesley (Austin Crute) arrives to rescue him.
Of course, Burr can’t just be allowed to roam free without suspicion. His fresh shave and claims of being reformed don’t instil much confidence, and neither does the fact he seems to be the only remaining unaffected adult after a disaster that wiped the rest out. In an attempt to assuage suspicions, he says that he and Sam can try and find out why all the kids survived and the adults didn’t.
As should be obvious, “Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 2” is focused on Josh, who is back to breaking the fourth wall and apologizing to the audience for breaking up with Sam the way he did. Daybreak Episode 9 gives us more of his flashbacks, this time to an annual hunting trip with his father that they shared despite the lack of elk to hunt. It was a bonding experience that Josh was too young and stubborn to recognise as such at the time, and is something he now evidently regrets.
In the present day, Josh wants to use Eli’s (Gregory Kasyan) Baron Triumph outfit to get into the school and rescue Sam, but Eli is reticent to help as ever; it takes Josh walking us through a previous flashback scene — his narration of which Eli hijacks in another clever formal twist — and exposing his love of Magic the Gathering cards to get him to reconsider.
Elsewhere in Daybreak Episode 9, Angelica (Alyvia Alyn Lind) and Ms Crumble (Krysta Rodriguez) turn up to help Wesley heal Turbo. Burr, meanwhile, believes he has figured out that the HPV vaccine was what saved the kids from the bomb; the only one affected by the blast were children whose parents were anti-vaxxers. It’s as good an explanation as any.
A brief moment to mourn the loss of Eli in “Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 2”, who dies without much ceremony when he’s mistaken for Baron Triumph. Luckily the perpetrator, Hoyles (Rob H. Roy), is promptly raped by a giant pug, which is not a sentence I ever thought I’d write.
In a totally unsurprising development, Burr drugs the students at the school. Sam finds Barry (Jon LeVert) in a cupboard, an arm and a leg missing, his amputated appendages having been blended up in Burr’s Barry smoothies. It’s a takeover.
Josh makes a final visit to one of his father’s hunting trips, one that he didn’t actually go on in reality; in a touching sequence, Daybreak Season 1, Episode 9 allows Josh to thank his father for teaching him what he needed to survive and to say his emotional goodbyes.
To end “Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 2”, Josh infiltrates the school dressed as Baron Triumph, running into Sam before a bomb suddenly goes off.