Noob Reviews: Tribes of Europa (Season 01)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Tribes of Europa?
Released only a few weeks ago as a Netflix original. Tribes of Europa takes us forward to the year 2074, where civilisation, as we know it, has fallen, and the world has been split into tribes of various sizes. Each fighting for power, resources and new lands into which they can expand.
As you may have guessed, Tribes of Europa takes us to Europe where two mighty tribes, the Crimsons and the Crows, are in a race against time to secure a super-advanced Atlantian aircraft that has crashed on the border between their lands. Whoever manages to secure the wreck will be able to get their hands on advanced and powerful Atlantian technology, with which they can strengthen their forces and tighten their grip on the area.
Unfortunately for a small, elusive tribe known as the Origines, the craft has crashed just beyond the forest that protects and camouflages their village from the outside world, and they will soon find themselves caught in the middle of these two militaristic tribes and their fight for dominance.
One of the fascinating ways Tribes of Europa is told is (with minor spoilers) after a vicious attack leaves a family shattered. The story unfolds from three different points of view, with each of the three survivors believing their entire family has been lost to them. Allowing additional subplots and different character arcs to play out in weird and wonderful locations far away from the front lines.
When was the first season of Tribes of Europa released?
The first season of Tribes of Europa was released on the 19th of February this year (2021).
How many episodes are there?
There are six episodes in total, with each having a run time of around forty-seven minutes.
Has a second season been confirmed?
At the moment, a second season has not been announced by Netflix.
Although Tribes of Europa proved to be quite popular at launch, going off the number of views it received, overall, the show has had a bit of a lukewarm reception from many critics.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailers linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Tribes of Europa’s first season on Netflix here.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of the first season of Tribes of Europa?
Just as a heads up, there will be spoilers ahead!
When first seeing the trailer for Tribes of Europa, I thought the trailer looked engaging and full of amazing content, and to an extent, it was somewhat reliable. There are moments of adrenaline-fuelled fights, parkour and stealth throughout Tribes of Europa - however, for the most part, what looks like a fantastic show is just a carbon copy of many other entries to have come before it. Some handled a lot better, some worse.
To begin with, although many of the Netflix trailers are in various European languages, you can watch the show in multiple languages with English subtitles or in English dubbed audio. I thought I would mention this as it is a nice touch and a complaint a few people have given the show negative reviews for.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the story itself, there is nothing unique about Tribes of Europa. No matter the episode, the character or the scene, you can (if you have been watching shows and films for a while) instantly see influences of other intellectual properties in there. Whether it be the Atlantian technologies taken directly from Stargate Atlantis, almost down to the Atlantian craft design and colour palette for decoration. The whole tribe warfare in a dystopian world, taken from the show The Tribe or mighty tribal war chiefs vying for power, taken from the 2008 film Doomsday. I could not find a single unique part of the film that has not already been on the screen previously, which was such a shame. There is so much scope for new ideas and new content out there, yet the writers seemed to settle for the easiest and most common themes. Even the world losing all power and causing groups to form small societies for survival loosely resembles the background story of the 2013 film The Colony, just without the extreme temperatures.
For the most part, the actors appeared to at least be interested in their scenes when it comes to the acting and delivery. With a young Elija, believing his family to all be dead, doing a fantastic job of going to the extreme to ensure the Atlantian cube he recovers is delivered back to the Atlantians - seeing it as a way to honour his family’s deaths. Moses works fantastically as the street smart and resourceful con man who takes Elija under his wing. And both Liv and Kiano are adaptive, innovative and reliable warriors. But for the size of the cast, many forgettable characters had little to offer. Lines were either over delivered and delivered too intensely in some instances or under-delivered with low energy and poor verbal delivery that lacked any sense of urgency or importance. It just seemed at times the delivery was very unbalanced as opposed to a similar quality been present throughout.
One of the redeeming factors for Tribes of Europa is that the gunfights and melees fights are well choreographed with very few punches visibly pulled, and both actions and reactions are executed smoothly. The set locations are breathtaking for the outdoor environments, and the dystopian societies set up in the ruins of the old world are captivating and awe-inspiring at times. It is just a shame that, in the grand scheme of things, such positives are heavily outweighed by the negatives or overall lack of originality.
Overall I would say Tribes of Europa is far from a unique idea. It will only be by the skin of its teeth if it sees a second season been commissioned, especially having reviewed how quickly interest piqued and then dropped off in the season, with many viewers not making it past the third episode. If a second season were to be announced, personally, I would watch it as there were good elements, as I said, and it was quite an easy show to sit back, switch off and watch without too much thought needed to follow the plots and subplots. But overall, there are a lot better entries out there no matter your tastes (straight up dystopian, human interest or sci-fi survival) that would be a lot more worthy of your time.
What rating would you give the first season of Tribes of Europa?
I would rate the first season of Tribes of Europa as an above-average 3.4 out of 5 bananas.
As a dystopian tale set in Europe, Tribes of Europa appealed as an exciting adventure with many interesting characters and tales to be told. Unfortunately, although there are a few interesting characters and enjoyable moments, they are heavily outweighed by mediocre acting and disjointed pacing that sees the show been pulled in several directions at once. If the show was to find consistent pacing, with more seamless storytelling and fresh, unique ideas - I would love to see where a second season took us. But as it stands, Tribes of Europa is a fun watch, but nothing you are missing out on if you decide to skip over it.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Tribes of Europa and would like to check it out yourself, to form your own opinion - you can find the first series on Netflix here.