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This drama focuses on a group of kids and teenagers struggling to survive in the aftermath of a worldwide disaster. A killer virus has wiped out all adult life and now the orphaned children seek support and comfort in gang-life. Taking over buildings and territories in the cities and countryside various gangs compete with one another to survive and thrive. Central to the show is one particular gang, The Mall Rats, who establish themselves at the beginning of this season. The gang is comprised of some unlikely characters with quite possibly the most diverse group of personalities of any of the gangs.
The series is shot in New Zealand although all references to any particular culture is wiped out with several of the cast adopting mid-Atlantic accents to give the show a more 'global' feel. Some of the cast members are excellent but a lot of them are typical young actors who seem to be still developing their skills. I particularly love the work of Beth Allen this season as she really embodies her character, Amber.
The Tribe is a show created for young people but I watched this as an adult and the show in general has a cult following of older viewers. I would suggest that there is some darker content in the show which makes it a bit scary for very young viewers. The story-lines deal with the realities of what might happen in a situation like this so we see lots of fighting, corruption, death, unexpected pregnancies and much more.
The first season contains 52 full episodes which is a long season and it's a show that you can really feel invested in because of that long season. You grow to love even the cruelest of characters after seeing them battle for food and resources.
One aspect of the show I particularly love is the fact that the characters dress up in wild costumes to assert themselves and also to reveal which gang they belong to. Every tribe member dresses up with make up, insane clothes and hair dye. Each look is truly unique and fascinating! I also adore the musical score to the show as it contains some memorable and heart breaking music. This is available on CD in the UK with the cast members performing.
I would definitely recommend this season 1 DVD to anyone who loves cult shows or anything out of the ordinary. It's a dramatic show and story filled with likeable characters who we can really root for. There is no other show quite like 'The Tribe'!
I first remember watching this show years ago when it was part of Channel 5's morning 'kids hour' which was called Milkshake I think! I was completely entranced with it at the time, because I was going through a gothic/alternative phase, and wanted to emulate the characters on the show, who had crazy coloured hair and make-up. I've mostly grown out of that now, but I still think the show is great!
The Tribe follows a group of young teenagers, who live in a dystopian society, where all the adults have been killed by a virus, leaving only the children behind. It is so called 'The Tribe' because all the kids have formed various bands/gangs in order to survive.
I would say that this show is aimed at older teenagers, as I suppose some of the themes might be a little distressing for a younger audience. The kids in the tribe go through all the experiences of growing up, including first love, relationships, angst, but it is obviously much tougher with no adults to enforce any rules.
The first season introduces us to the main 'tribe' the show will focus on - they are called the 'Mall Rats'. These children have found their way to a mall, and soon realise they can set up a new home here.
The principal characters are Jack who is the intelligent 'nerdy' kid who helps to set up some of the technological equipment the kids will need to survive. Lex, who is a natural leader, but a bit of a bad boy - he is useful in ensuring the safety of all the kids. Amber, who I suppose is a maternal figure in the group, as she is older than most of the girls, she is also kind and wants the best for everyone. There is also the fiery Ebony, who is definitely not one to be trifled with. There are many more distinctive characters, who all stand out due to their unique personalities and attire.
My favourite character when I was younger was Jack - who I had a massive crush on at the time! I think he is such an integral part of the group who is often overlooked, but he's always trying to better their situation, making sure they have a generator for power etc.
This series basically follows all the kids trying to adjust to life in this new world, as well as trying to find a way to live with each other without going crazy! They encounter many problems, including battling with some rival tribes, namely the Locos ( there are a few more that become prevalent in the later series). Eventually they strike up an alliance with the Locos, who are led by the feisty Ebony, who could prove a powerful ally.
There are 52 episodes in Season 1, so there is an awful lot of time for character development and such. As well as dealing with all the chaos of this post - apocalyptic society, the kids also have to deal with some serious personal problems, and it is because of this that I would think that the show is targeted at older teens. Some of the themes include bulimia, and post natal depression which I would consider fairly hard hitting issues. I think the show handles these issues quite carefully, and they are never treated as throw-away plot lines.
I really enjoyed the costume, and set designs on this show, and I think they really help to define the new society without adults. The costumes are almost punky, so I think that reflects the children's rebellious natures, and shows that there really are no rules anymore. Each character also has specific facial make-up that becomes unique to their character, which I thought was an interesting touch, and helps produce a tribal feel. If you check out the Tribeworld website, there are some screencaps of all the characters, so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
Price and availability...
The series 1 boxset is available from Amazon for £17.86 which includes free delivery which I think is very reasonable.
It's also available on Play.com for just £14.49 who are also offering free delivery.
I think this show would be enjoyable to people of all ages, and I would definitely recommend giving it a watch if you are interested in dystopian/post apocalyptic themes.
Never missing an episode I was one of the tribes biggest fans, and as the programme was aimed at children I felt it has quite an in depth storey line. The adults of the world had all been wiped out by "the virus" leaving behind the children to fend for themselves and cause havoc amongst the cities of the world. The tribe fascinated me from the moment I first watched it and I have watched every episode made since. The children left behind have to start again fending for themselves gathering food and surviving with a world without adults.
The show focuses mainly on the Mallrats and how they try and cause piece and regain some stability to the city, while other tribes fight to become "top dog" of the city. As the different series begin to unfold the mallrats fight to keep the city at piece.
This show entertained me for hours, dealing with all matter of subjects and showing how young people have to deal with them. Overall The Tribe is a brilliant show, one of the best things I have seen on TV ever! Defiantly worth the watch!
The Tribe is one of the best kid's TV shows of all time. This set includes all 52 half-hour episodes from the first season. It tells the story of a world where all the adults have been killed off by a deadly virus and only children and teenagers remain. The streets are dangerous as many of the teenagers form into vicious and violent gangs or 'tribes' who fight to obtain food, water and supplies.
The programme focuses on a group of kids who come together by accident to form a different kind of tribe, one where they help each other. The 'Mallrats' include some very different personalities, from the fiesty and moral Amber to the sweet motherly Salene, the airheaded Zandra and the sexist but gorgeous Lex. Despite lots of arguments they soon become a strong Tribe, but they have a lot to deal with as they suffer from attacks and kidnappings by other tribes, food shortages, and the return of the virus.
The acting is pretty good for a kid's programme, the characters are realistic and likeable, the storylines are really exciting and the make-up and costumes are brilliant! The Tribe is pretty addictive viewing - watch one episode and you'll probably watch the next 5 too.
This set also contains special features - a Making Of featurette, character profiles, half an hour of outtakes, and a Tribe on Tour featurette with a commentary by Lex (Caleb Ross).
A couple of words of warning = NOT ALL THE STORYLINES ARE SUITABLE FOR YOUNG KIDS. The programme deals with teenage pregnancy, attempted suicide, eating disorders, sex, and death, although it does it all in a responsible and non-explicit manner. I would say it's main target audience is from about 10/11 to 21.
Secondly, be aware that the special features reveal essential plot details of the second and third seasons - all the outtakes, in fact, are from these seasons with none from the first season.
This boxset has an RRP of £34.99 but it can be bought from Amazon.co.uk for £22.98 and I think that represents good value for money as this set could be watched over and over again.
All in all this is a brilliant show and will make any young person want to be in a tribe!
(updated from my review on Amazon.co.uk)