The Tribe is surely one of the best shows ever made for kids. It has exciting stories, moral dilemmas, romances, great costumes, cool make-up, individual characters with real personalities, and emotional depth. And best of all, it has no adults!
This set conatins all 52 half-hour episodes from Series 2, which picks up from exactly where series 1 left off. Unfortunately, it is not quite as good as series 1 for various reasons, perhaps the most obvious one being the absence of one of the most amusing characters, Zandra, and one of the most likeable characters, Amber. Amber's replacement with a far inferior and quite frankly annoying girl called Danni, who takes over Amber's job as tribe leader and also her relationship with Bray, is not a success (which explains why Amber returns in series 3 and Danni does not).
Series 2 also has the unfortunate job of showing the Mallrats as they drift away from each other, their close family-like relationships disappearing as they follow their own desires. This means there is less of a sense of fun and solidarity, but thankfully the group begin to come back together in the final episodes. Another arguably bad point is the intense focus on Ebony as she becomes co-leader of the Mallrats. I personally didn't like this development and feel much happier when Ebony is on the other side rather than leading the Mallrats, but some people might enjoy the storyline.
However there are lots of good things about series 2 as well. Worth mentioning are the excellent acting from Caleb Ross as Lex, who gets some bigger storylines this series; the interesting storyline involving Trudy and the evil new tribe The Chosen; and also the flashbacks that are shown in a couple of episodes to explain the connections that Trudy, Bray, Ebony, Zoot, Lex and Ryan had before the virus hit. The flashbacks make really interesting viewing and it becomes a lot easier to make sense of the various relationships in the tribe after seeing them.
Even though I didn't enjoy series 2 as much as 1 or 3, The tribe is still a fantastic programme and this is a set well worth getting. The viewing is addictive - if you watch one episode, you'll end up watching another 3 afterwards. There are few children's or teen's TV shows which have so many tense plotlines and brilliantly portrayed relationships, and I'd recommend this show to anyone. I'd say the age range most likely to enjoy it is probably from about 9 to 20.
Special features include outtakes, character profiles, and a Tribe on Tour feature. Word of warning - don't watch the outtakes if you don't want plot details of series 4 revealed, as all the outtakes are taken from that series.