From Channel Five, UK;
the new tomorrow(1/26)
This new children’s show is a sequel to teen drama ‘The Tribe’, which has distinguished itself as a cult hit series around the world. It explores similar themes – of a world without adults and all that entails – but introduces new and younger characters and is aimed at a slightly younger children’s audience .
New viewers can fully enjoy the show without being familiar with The Tribe. But ‘Tribe’ aficionados will also enjoy the series, finding storylines evocative within ‘The Tribe’ mythology. Unfolding against a backdrop of photogenic snow-capped mountains and streams, pine forests, rolling valleys and hills, this scenic wilderness is inhabited by tribes of children. Some live in encampments of tents, others in crude primitive-style dwellings, and others in caves: this could be 1,000 years in the past – or even 1,000 years into the future. In one particular valley, there is a dangerous, mysterious and uncharted no-go area around with seemingly no signs of human or animal life – only machines from a bygone age.
The series focuses on the interplay of four tribes; The Ants; the Barbs; the Privileged and the Discards. The children battle against the forces of Nature from the first snows of winter, to the parched lands in summer, and rain and floods in the fall, punctuating themes of living off the land. Some tribes worship the sun and moon. Their culture and entire heritage seems to emanate from ancient markings visible from caves and rocks – and huge mysterious stone edifices reminiscent of Stonehenge and Easter Island. The markings seem as if they have evolved from an ancient civilisation but are also reminiscent of the machines that roam the technological graveyard in the Forbidden Zone.
The New Tomorrow combines action and adventure, mystery and intrigue, humour and pathos with underlying themes of hope and human endeavour where good always triumphs in the end.
Can the dream of the original Mall Rats (from ‘The Tribe’) to create a fair and just society and a better world finally come to pass through their descendants and a new generation of children, struggling to make sense of their environments and lives – in a world with no adults?
In this first episode, an enigmatic stranger called Sky arrives causing mystery and suspicion amongst the Barbs and Ants. Who is Sky? Where did he come from, and what does he want?
Flame, the Leader of the Privs, is especially concerned by Sky’s presence and wonders if Sky could somehow threaten Flame’s notion of extending his rule. Meanwhile, the Ants and Barbs are more concerned about movement from the monster machines in the forbidden zone. The Ant Tribal leader, Faygar, disagrees with the leader of the Barbs, Zora, on the best way of dealing with the machines – and Flame.
The forbidden zone?
Could Sky be Amber’s son Bray?!?!