A new German Netflix production, Tribes of Europa reworks a dystopian world where technology has turned Europe into a multiplicity of micro-nations struggling to dominate the continent. Dark producers envisioned, is this new series worth turning back? Spoiler alert: we think so!
Who hasn’t wondered what the future world will look like? Whether in the near future or the distant future, many films and series have attempted to portray alternative or realistic futures. In the vast majority of cases, this future is a dystopia. Tribes of Europa, Netflix’s new German production, follows this line. The series plunges us into a dark and divided universe, early in the year 2074. After a “massive blackout” in 2029, civilization as we know it disappeared, giving way to tribal-like micro-nations. Through the destiny of two brothers and sisters, Tribes of Europa explores three different narrative plots, each with its own set of challenges. Mission ? save mankind from the mistakes of ancient civilizations.
of the world around them. In the first episode, the writers are stingy in the details about the creation of this new world, which oscillates between modernity and primitiveness. The audience groped forward, like the characters of the entire tribe of Origins. Technology is (almost) completely absent from this series but the environment reflects this notion of modernity, behind the grays and blues, and the subdued, dark design outfits. It’s rare to see a dystopia without technology, even if it’s more or less 100 bets made in its time.
While the atmosphere is one of the series’ greatest strengths, Dark’s producers are no slouch when it comes to writing and character building. Musa (Moses in French) is a perfect example. He brings a healthy touch of humor to this violent plot and to this world assailed by ruthlessness and political strategy. Lliv, on the other hand, is a strong woman, desperate to survive and protect her siblings. Henriette Confurius performed this leadership role superbly, although she wasn’t really used to this kind of production.
Produced by the creators of the hit series Dark, one can only expect sci-fi magic. Indeed, Tribes of Europa takes back the traditional dystopia code. If it doesn’t really manage to reinvent the genre, this series is based on a gripping plot and above all, oddly realistic. Above all, he questions the way in which civilizations are formed, by communities of ideological affinity. Despite the chaos going on there, the series has found its balance.
As for the rhythm, if the beginning of the first episode remains a little fuzzy, the series will keep us in suspense from start to finish. On the production side, Tribes of Europa managed to stage the action thanks to smooth camera movement, especially during fight scenes. Finally, it’s worth noting that while it promises to send us into the future, Netflix isn’t betting on a lot of special effects. A wise choice and avoiding some of the setbacks that Netflix has known in the past (hello October Faction). It remains to be seen if the Tribes of Europa will go far. The interest in this series lies more in the search for the underlying mystery than in the simple survival of our young heroes and the cohabitation of tribes. Will he manage to offer us a first season that lives up to our expectations? We’ll give you some free time to find out for yourself.