Day Break Episodes

2006, TV Show

Day Break Episode: "Pilot"

Season 1, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Det. Brett Hopper of the LAPD is framed for the murder of a prosecutor, then discovers his girlfriend and sister are in danger as well. He can't trust his partner, who's being probed by Internal Affairs, and his ex-partner---his girlfriend's ex-husband---may be involved in the frame-up, which may be tied to a gang he was tracking.
Original Air Date: Nov 15, 2006
Guest Cast Joyce Guy: Judge Homie Doroodian: Stocky EMT Kwesi Boakye: Mathis' Son Aramis Knight: Jenga-Player Son Lorena Mena: Jenga-Player Mom Ian Anthony Dale: Det. Choi Michael McGrady: Buchalter Don Franklin: Randall Mathis Michael B. Silver: Baxter Kamal Marayati: Mr. Zeitoun Joe Nieves: Fencik Clayton Rohner: Surfer Dude Dan Warner: Deputy No. 1 John Rubinstein: Barry Colburn Bahar Soomekh: Margo Jonathan Banks: Shadow Man Julie Claire: Angela Rondello Chane't Johnson: Neesha Teddy Lane Jr.: Mustache Cop Mitch Pileggi: Det. Spivak
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Season 1, Episode 1
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Length: 01:22:55
Aired: 11/15/2006

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November 15, 2006: Time After Time Season 1, Episode 1

I'll admit it: When I first saw the commercials for Day Break, my initial thought was, it's Groundhog Day meets 24! My second thought was, can a show really sustain such a cool but very specific premise over the long run? Groundhog Day did a masterful job of filling up a 100-minute movie with every single gag and philosophical insight that its writers could think of, but wouldn't the well run dry after just a couple of episodes on a TV show? Now that I've seen the first two hours, I understand. The neat twist Day Break pulls on us is that there's enough happening that the show would be interesting even without the time loop. Detective Brett Hopper has to find a key witness on the run, avoid being framed for the murder of a DA, tell his girlfriend and sister to get out of town or face serious consequences, get payback on the sister's husband for abusing her, and generally figure out who's behind the conspiracy to frame him and ruin his life. Got all that? I'm curious whether the whole time-repeating situation will have an explanation, or if it's just happening due to a mysterious higher power, and we'll never get a clear answer. If it's the former, it could prove interesting. Maybe this show will turn into something more like science fiction, with the time-travel stuff becoming front and center. After all, Lost didn't make clear for a while (or, arguably, still hasn't) whether the island has something supernatural going on. Okay, that's probably just wishful thinking. And I do have one question already about how this phenomenon works. Everything resets itself each morning, except Brett still has all the injuries he sustained from the previous day. Is this meant to suggest that if he dies, he won't wake up again the next morning? At least it supplies the most clever plot twist so far: He's able to avoid being arrested at his apartment and stick with Rita long enough to have her provide him with an alibi. But then he has everything blown for him, because he's got a mysterious bullet wound in his shoulder. That tends to look pretty suspicious when you claim you've spent the entire night with your girlfriend. Taye Diggs is a good match for this role, with the intensity to suggest both his desperation and his relentlessness. I especially like the fact that he only spends a few minutes realizing that he's trapped in the same day before trying to set things right. It's probably unrealistic (I assume most people would be a bit confused), but it works for a Jack Bauer-type action hero who's ready to solve the conspiracy as quickly as possible. However, every time Diggs gets shirtless - which seems to be a lot - it makes me feel like I need a gym membership. I also liked the small moment when he shows up at the hospital to check on his girlfriend and runs into the woman whom he saved from being hit by the bus. Only this time around he didn't save her, and she's in critical condition. "I didn't go for coffee," Hopper mutters to himself, already thinking of the long list of people he's going to have to save with his knowledge of the future. It's hard enough clearing your name without having to worry about preventing every traffic accident around the city. And it was great to see Adam Baldwin of Firefly fame playing - surprise! - a slimy, duplicitous villain! Okay, that's not a surprise; that's what he's played on every show in which I've ever seen him. In fact, while the episode wanted the revelation that he's in on the conspiracy to be a huge deal, I just shrugged and thought, "Figures." He's too perfect at playing the bad guy. Let's hope there's a romantic lead somewhere in the man's future. More than anything else, I'm impressed with the way this show doesn't make each day a separate incident, but has each one logically trigger the next. Once Hopper realizes that he can't avoid being kidnapped and threatened at the construction site, he decides to blow town with Rita. Then he wakes up the next day with his sheets soaked with blood and is taken straight to the hospital. It goes a long way toward making Day Break feel like a complete story and not just a weekly gimmick. I know a lot of the hard core Lost fans are ready to throw Day Break under the bus for "replacing" their favorite show for three months, but this show definitely deserves a chance. As Hopper's situation goes from bad to worse, I keep trying to figure out what he could possibly learn that would teach him how to solve every single little (and not so little) problem. I guess we'll have the answer in 11 weeks. show less
I’ll admit it: When I first saw the commercials for Day Break, my initial thought was, it’s Groundhog Day meets 24! My second thought was, can a show really sustain such a cool but very specific premise over the long run? Groundhog Day did a masterful job of filling up a 100-minute movie with every single gag and philosophical insight that its writers could think of, but wouldn’t the well run dry after just a couple of episodes on a TV show?Now that I’ve seen the first two hours, I understand. The neat twist Day Break pulls on us is that there’s enough happening that the show would be interesting even without the time loop. Detective Brett Hopper has to find a key witness on the run, avoid being framed for the murder of a DA, tell his girlfriend and sister to get out of town or face serious consequences, get payback on the sister’s husband for abusing her, and generally figure out who’s behind the conspiracy to frame him and ruin his life. Got all ... read more

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Premiered: November 15, 2006, on ABC
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: A police detective is on the run after being framed for the murder of a prosecutor, and he relives the same day over and over again. It's `The Fugitive' meets `Groundhog Day,' but this fugitive's loved ones are in danger as well.

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