REview: Tribes Of Europa (2021) | Brexit Overdrive

I really enjoyed Netflix’s Tribes Of Europa and one of the things I found particularly interesting about it was it’s seemingly Eurocentric perspective, which is to say that the dissolution of Europe into mini-fiefdoms results in the more powerful factions trying to bring the continent together under their a single ruling clan/tribe.

(Another interesting thing is that the series has the feel and structure of a YA (young adult) novel, though it also approaches the subject matter in a very adult fashion – I don’t recall anyone getting castrated in The Hunger Games – which feels somewhat incongruous)

Though before that can happen they have to discover what was behind the event known as “Black December” – a secret which might help them head off another cataclysmic event that’s headed their way (and event which might even dwarf that of Black December, which decimated the continent).

Despite the bulk of Europe existing in various degrees of decline, one faction, known as Atlanteans (Atlantis?) are the only group with not only airships – and I don’t mean airplanes – and laser weapons whom for whatever reason don’t seem particularly interested in anyone else on the continent, till one of their craft is shot down and it’s pilot – before he dies – gives a mysterious cube to one of the people who found him, urging them to take it to some place called the Ark.

Though one of the most powerful of the aforementioned factions, known as Crows, are not only aware of the Atlantean cube, but they’re willing to kill anyone to get it (especially since their efforts to reverse engineer the Atlantean airship – and it’s weapons – ultimately failed).

Tribes Of Europa isn’t anything that you haven’t seen before, though it’s done interestingly enough that it feels fresh and with a first season lasting only six episodes, it can be watched from beginning to end in two or three sittings (or one if you’re feeling determined).

And I’d be amiss if I didn’t mention that the series packs A LOT of world building in those six episodes, something the Marvel/Netflix shows didn’t seem able to do in particularly well with more than double the episode count.

What’s also interesting is that – at least in the first season – there’s been no mention of the United States, though I get the feeling that that’s something that might come into play in the second season.

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