You’re in a deadbeat weekend, and you’re surfing Netflix categories to watch something that’s new and catchy. At the same time, there’s this buzz about Tribes of Europa that you just can’t ignore.
What’s the show about, anyway?
Let’s answer that for you, right now.
The sci-fi storyline talks about 3 siblings fighting to survive in 2074, right after a catastrophe takes a sucker punch at Europe. The six episodes take place after the apocalypse, and show wars among micro-states that want to dominate one another.
There’s a cryptic cube in the midst of all of this.
German Made and Proud
Produced by W&B Television, the program runs in its original language and in English too, though for the most authentic fewlings you should watch it in German instead.
The program was written by Philip Koch, Jana Burbach and Benjamin Seiler. Koch also directed some of the episodes, alongside Florian Baxmeyer.
Cast members include Henriette Confurius as Liv, David Ali Rashed as Elja, Oliver Masucci as Moses, Melika Foroutan as Varvara and Emilio Sakraya as Kiano.
The team is also the same one behind The Lives of Others, which went on to win an Oscar. They have previously produced Netflix’s Dark, the platform’s first-ever German series that almost everyone who’s a Netflix account has watched before. Right?
The Idea Behind the Story
Believe it or not, Philip Koch said he was inspired by none other than Europe’s Brexit. The writer/director said that looking at the way things are in today’s world, Netflix viewers don’t have to see that far into the future to understand how change can be effected in such a short time span.
The crumbling of society took place 45 years after the apocalypse in 2029, by the way.
Wanna Know a Bit About the Story?
So there are three siblings who are part of the Origine tribe. Kiano, Liv and Elja are forest dwellers. Life was going on peacefully until there was a distruption – a futuristic aircraft is hit at from the skies right above where they live.
They check out the crash site, and find a pilot from the Atlantian tribe. He’s not in the best of health, so he gives Elja a strange cube. Elja is now on a precarious mission – the cube has to reach the pilot’s hometown so that it can be deciphered. As it can answer some very crucial question on the apocalyptic Black December, Elya agrees to go on the journey.
But he’s got to deal with the Crow tribe – they cube is also a power source, one that the violent Crows are willing to kill to get their hands on.
The Vibes You Get from the Series
You can picture it as Game of Thrones slash Blade Runner, with some Children of Men thrown into the mix. As each sibling goes on their own personal quest in a terrifyingly violent landscape, you can expect to get a setting that’s gritty, epic and all-or-nothing warfare to the table.
Oh, here’s yet another kicker for you to help picture this better: Imagine all of this happening in a world where technology ceases to exist.
The worst nightmare ever, for you and us too.
Just a Little More About Its Characters
Liv reminds us of The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. She’s as tough as they come, and will lay her life down if need be to save her family. Lord Varvara is probably more manipulative than Marvel’s Loki. He tortures Kiano emotionally.
Then there are the power plays, which have some truly massive showdowns.
So yes, you can also throw in a bit of House of Cards in.
Will There Be a Second Season?
Well, in all honesty, the show just came out on 19 February, so it might take a couple of months before Netflix decides on whether there’ll be a second season, as they will need to review the viewership numbers.
In other words, if you watch it, you’ve just contributed to the possibility of a second season.
Online Review Ratings
As of now, the TV series is rated at 82% by Rotten Tomatoes. Austin Burke of Flick Fan Fiction shared his POV, “Tribes of Europa is a show that requires patience, but there are plenty of seeds planted to keep bringing fans back for more.”
Jonathon Wilson of Ready Steady Cut also reviewed the program, and said, “I have a strong suspicion people will like this, though. It has solid characters and ideas, interesting dynamics, and one assumes much more interesting mythology than six 40-ish-minute episodes could properly cater for.”
Expect the Unexpected in the Ending
You’ll be wanting more for sure when you’re at the final few minutes of the show. It has some cliff-hanger moments, and we’re not going to spoil it for you.
What we can say is that the ending is so Netflix-ive, you’d be dying for a second season. Just like almost every Netflix series, of course.
Other Similar Netflix Programs to See This Weekend
Why stop at one series when you can explore others?
Netflix has recommended a couple of similarly-themed movies and series. The first is Fate: The Winx Saga. A group of teens take the screen on stuff like romance, supernatural education and rivalry at Alfea, a boarding school for magically-gifted people.
Invisible City, on the other hand, talks about a man who discovers the existence of mythical creatures that live among us regular people while he’s dealing with a family tragedy. He soon realizes that this may be connected to his obscure past.
Last, but definitely not the least is Snowpiercer. The Earth is officially frozen and the remaining homo sapiens go about circling the planet in a huge train. Their struggles are the highlight here, all while trying to maintain the sensitive balance surrounding them.
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