Long ago, the advanced Tribe of Gold vanished from the vast universe. In the void left by their departure, the tyrannical Tribe of Silver ascended to rule, forcing mankind – the Iron Tribe – to the brink of extinction. Now humanity wanders the cosmos in search of a savior. Prophesy has foretold of one who will labor for their freedoms, and on a planet of ruin, a champion is found. A feral boy named Age holds the destiny of their species in his hands and the untold power of the Tribe of Hero within.
Stills from Heroic Age- The Complete Series Part One (Click for larger image)
The title of this sci-fi TV series (2007) refers not to a glorious era in history, but to the unlikely hero Age, in whose body resides the power of the "Heroic Race." Eons ago, the "Tribe of Gold" withdrew from this universe, leaving behind a series of prophecies and a power vacuum. The icy "Tribe of Silver," whose members look like humans photographed in black-and-white, employ the "Tribe of Bronze" (metallic mealworms) to oppress the "Tribe of Iron," a.k.a. humanity. On a crumbling planet, Princess Dhianeila discovers Age, a sort of wild child/idiot savant, whom she recognizes as the Fifth Nodos, the destined savior of mankind. Aboard her ship, Age discovers he can transform into Bellcross, a powerful cyborg that looks a lot like the Eva 01 in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Four other Nodos are held in servitude by the Tribe of Silver, and soon Age is belting them through asteroids in battles that recall Dragon Ball Z.
Despite a fulsome score and a plethora of elaborate CG effects, Heroic Age remains stolidly earthbound: The needlessly complicated storyline and portentous speeches feel like they were written by the Tribe of Lead. Even the antics of Age, who functions as a sort of space-age Mowgli, can't leaven this prosaic adventure. (Rated TV-PG: violence, grotesque imagery) --Charles Solomon
(1. The Ruined Planet, 2. The Forgotten Child, 3. The Tribe of Hero, 4. The Planet Titarros, 5. The Nodos, 6. The Cemetary Belt, 7. The Agreement, 8. The Flashing Node, 9. The Return, 10. The Hero of Solitude, 11. The Star of Brilliance, 12. The Torch of Destruction, 13. The Battle in the Space-Time Continuum)