Series 2 showed a much more overarching plot. The focus was less on the inner struggles of the tribe, and more on their struggles as part of the many tribes that make up the city. The series began with the Mall Rats dealing with the loss of Amber and Zandra who were killed in an explosion on Eagle Mt. Bray was distraught, but soldiered on. Lex took the opposite route, spiralling into alcoholism, and even attempting to rape Salene. This resulted in his being kicked out of the tribe until Ryan went to look for him.
The Mall Rats struggled to bring a peaceful balance to the city, cleaning it up and trying to introduce a Bill of Rights, while also distributing the antidote to the masses free of charge. A mysterious girl called Danni entered the Tribe soon into series 2, and formed a close attachment to Bray. It was Tai-San who discovered the antidote recipe, memorised it, then burnt it to keep the other Mallrats from taking advantage of the other tribes. When she shared the secret with Bray, Ebony plotted with the Zoot-worshipping tribe the Chosen to help them take Trudy and Brady from the city. Bray gave her the recipe in defeat, and Ebony later tried to poison Tai-San, killing Patsy and Cloe's dog Bob in the process.
In this series, the pasts of many characters were revealed. We found out in flashback how Bray’s shy brother Martin spiralled into insanity and became Zoot. It was also shown how both Ebony and Trudy fell for Bray, and also when Trudy and Martin conceived Brady. When Ebony was tortured by her ex-militia leader, after setting him up for Tai-San's attempted murder, we find out why she is how she is. Lex and Ryan's meeting in boot camp was revealed, as was Lex's affair with a vicious, much older female sergeant at the camp. Danni's shocking secret, that it was her father who engineered the killer virus inadvertently, was also revealed by Jack and Ellie.
A double marriage took place as the season drew to a close, that of Ryan and Salene, and Tai-San and Lex. This season ended in a climactic face off between the Chosen and the leaders of the city tribes. Many of them, including Danni, were murdered or disappeared following this. Bray and Lex escape the Chosen's wrath, but the series ends with them both falling victim to a car crash, their fates left hanging in the balance.
Principal photography started on August 9th, 1999 and ran for six months until the last day of shooting on February 4, 2000. Post-production occured while the series was in production and ended in April 2000.
This series focused on the Mallrats trying to unite the Tribes and find an antidote for the virus, as the Tribe ally themselves a new unknown tribe, later revealed to be the Chosen take over the city.
Series 2 started with a shock, the satellite beamed across the night sky, a tribe The Chosen knew it was time to get into action. Meanwhile, a generator in Eagle Mountain caught fire and an explosion resulted, costing the lives of Amber and Zandra. Bray was knocked out during the explosion and Lex broke the news to him. Sad at first, Bray's love for Amber was soon forgotten when he came across Danni. While Bray soldiers on, Lex spirals into the opposite direction and becomes an alcoholic, and even attempting to rape Salene, this get's Lex kicked out of the Tribe until Ryan goes to look for him. Top Hat arrives at the mall, infected with the virus, wanting his hat back. KC beats him for the second time, but Top Hat escapes later.
With Amber's replacement, Danni the Mallrats struggle to unite the cities, they introduce a Trading Market, a newspaper and a Bill of Rights into the city. It is Tai-San who discovers the antidote, she memorizes it, then burns it to stop other members of the tribe, like Ebony, from using it to take advantage of the other tribes. When Tai-San shares her secret with Bray, Ebony plots with The Chosen to kidnap Trudy and Brady and brainwash them into joining the The Chosen's cause, Bray gives Ebony the recipe for the antidote in defeat. Ebony later tries to kill Tai-San with poison, but, accidentally kills the Mallrat's beloved dog, Bob instead.
During the series we see many of the characters pasts, we see how Bray's shy little brother Martin became the insane Zoot. We see how both Trudy and Ebony fell in love with Bray, and when Trudy and Martin conceived Brady. When Ebony is tortured by her ex-militia leader, Spike, for framing him for the attempt on Tai-San's life we discover why Ebony is so ruthless and manipulative. We see Ryan and Lex meet at a boot camp and Lex's affair with the vicious, much older female sergeant at the camp. And we also find out that Danni's father accidentally created the killer virus while trying to make the Elixir of Youth.
A double marriage takes place towards the series end, with Ryan and Salene, and Tai-San and Lex. The series ends with a climatic face-off between the city's leaders and The Chosen. The Chosen win and many of the Tribe leaders, including Danni, are murdered or disappear after this.
Bray, Lex and Ebony manage to escape the city while The Chosen take over the mall.
Character Introductions Edit
- Series 2 is the only series of The Tribe in which Amber does not appear. (Archive footage from Series 1 notwithstanding.)
- Meryl Cassie's version of The Dream Must Stay Alive plays during the opening credits, replacing the version sung by Rosalind J. This would be used until the end of the show.
- Abe Messiah replaces The Dream Must Stay Alive as the ending song.