WHY WE CARE


Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

YOUR STORIES


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"

SUPPORT THE WORK OF PLUGGED IN

Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

TV Series Review

Welp, it’s the end of the world. Half the population is wiped out, animals are mutating into monsters and zombies are roaming the earth, taking out any stragglers.

Except they’re not zombies. And this isn’t The Walking Dead.

Meet Josh Wheeler. He’s a 17-year-old C-average student (back when there were schools and stuff) whose life wasn’t really anything special before the apocalypse. Now, he’s a katana-wielding man on a mission—to save Sam Dean, the girl of his dreams.

Only, it’s been a few months since everything fell apart and he still doesn’t know where she is. Here’s what he does know: The bomb that hit their city was biological. It instantly vaporized half the population, and the adults who survived were turned into “ghoulies.” With their mindless wandering and hankering for flesh, they certainly seem like zombies, but their bites won’t kill you or turn you. (Unfortunately Josh doesn’t find this out until after he chops off his finger in a poor attempt to save himself from a bite.)

But somehow, the kids survived and formed tribes, sticking to the same cliques they were a part of in high school: the Jocks, the 4-H Club, the Disciples of Kardashia and the Cheermazons, to name a few.

Josh isn’t welcome in any of these post-apocalyptic tribes, and he reluctantly finds himself paired up with Angelica Green, a 12-year-old genius with (ahem) flexible morality, and Wesley Fists, a pacifist Samurai atoning for the crimes of his past on the path to enlightenment. Together, they’ll form their own tribe—the Daybreakers. They hope the name fits, and that they’ll survive to see the dawn of a new, better morning.

“It’s Never What You’d Expect.”

If you were to take Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and place it in the middle of the zombie apocalypse with a few Mad Max nods and politically correct references thrown in, then you’d have Daybreak.

The show takes a lighter approach to the end of the world. Sure, you might get a chunk taken out of you by a wayward ghoulie, but you also might find out where you truly belong. Is sports your life? Then check out the Jocks. Are you a fierce, pro-fem warrior? Maybe you should try out for the Cheermazons. Don’t really fit in anywhere? Hello Daybreakers! But no matter where you end up, don’t underestimate your opponents. Because as Josh points out, the apocalypse didn’t get rid of the bullies—it made them worse.

With no adults to make or enforce rules, kids go buck wild. Violence is especially prevalent in this new world. Turbo, the leader of the Jocks, has one of the highest kill counts—and we’re talking other kids, not zombies. Every time he takes a life, he adds a sticker to his uniform—and he has many. And then there’s a mysterious cat known only as Baron Triumph. Nobody is really sure who he (or she) is, but they are sure of this: If he catches you, he won’t just murder you, he’ll eat you.

Language and sex were issues even before the bombs went off. But without someone to so much as wag a finger at the teens’ poor choices, it escalates to new heights. Romantic and sometimes intimate couplings, including between people of the same sex, are as common as zombie attacks. The show touches on subjects such as slut-shaming and gender fluidity while also delving into the realm of consent and underage sex. So, it seems Josh had it right when he said life in the apocalypse is “never what you’d expect.”

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Oct. 24, 2019: “Josh vs. the Apocalypse: Part 1”

Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

Author

Cast

Colin Ford as Josh Wheeler; Alyvia Alyn Lind as Angelica Green; Sophie Simnett as Sam Dean; Austin Crute as Wesley Fists; Cody Kearsley as Turbo Bro Jock; Jeanté Godlock as Mona Lisa; Gregory Kasyan as Eli Cardashyan; Chelsea Zhang as KJ; Rob H. Roy as Jaden Hoyles; Jade Payton as Demi Anderson; Jon LeVert as Barry; Krysta Rodriguez as Ms. Crumble; Matthew Broderick as Michael Burr

Director

Distributor

Network

Netflix

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

Released

On Video

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Emily Baker

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!