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The Tribe - Season 1 (DVD)
Member Name: Kittenpeach
The Tribe - Season 1 (DVD)
Advantages: A really fresh look at dystopian societies. The boxset is a good bargain.
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.
Summary: A great show which I still find enjoyable years later.
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