There are limits to human needs, but not human greed. Our ancestors used to depend on natural resources. Nonetheless, there came a man who taught us to store and exploit nature to establish our authority. Consequently, we spoiled our Planet. Climate change, global warming, and extinction are not natural phenomenons but our KARMA. In the film Tides (also marketed as The Colony), Director Tim Fehlbaum builds an inhabitable planet devoid of any plantation.
Our most basic survival instinct is to run away. In Tides, the ruling elites who escaped to settle on a space colony, Kepler 209, struggles to return to Earth. Why? Well, the article will try to solve all the perplexing questions.
‘Tides’ Plot Summary
Two Generations later, ruling elites on a space colony, Kepler 209, send their astronauts back to Earth. The first mission, Ulysses, was lost shortly after landing. Tides begin with the second mission back to Earth, Ulysses 2.
The space shuttle with elite astronaut Louise Blake (Nora Arnezeder), Tucker (Sope Dirisu), and Holden experience malfunctioning while entering Earth’s stratosphere. Astronaut Holden gets killed in the cross-over. Fortunately, Blake and Tucker successfully hit the ground in their space pod. Due to crash landing, Tucker develops severe knee injuries, and Blake is put on Command.
Blake moves out of the pod to initiate the first recon. Their sole purpose is to check their fertility which got depleted on Kepler due to its radiation. Blake tests her fertility but gets negative results. She decides to walk back to the pod but suddenly, some masked survivors of the planet attack Tucker and Blake. These survivors also called “mud people,” destroy the space pod and take the astronauts captive. Tucker poisons himself having bleak chances to survive after massive blood loss. Blake is left alone to carry on the mission, but her future looks dark.
Why did Elite Keplers want to return to Earth?
Elite humans on Kepler discovered that due to its radiation, humans have lost their ability to reproduce. Before leaving Earth, they left weather stations all around the globe to monitor Earth’s healing process. Blake’s father (Sebastian Roché) discovered a new regeneration area near a weather station called Henderson Hub (Blake’s shuttle was routed to the exact location).
Blake’s father, Stafford, and Gibson (Iain Glen) came to Earth in Ulysses 1, but their ship was destroyed by the “muds.” When Blake reached Earth, her period cycle started again while she was in Gibson’s stronghold. Her TSH levels recovered, but she didn’t have a biometer to test her fertility.
During the climax, Blake’s father told her that Gibson’s adopted son, Neil (named after Neil Armstrong), was a Kepler. He was the legitimate son of Blake’s father, which proved that a Kepler could reproduce on Earth. Gibson knew the truth from the beginning, but he lacked a transmitter to communicate the information to Keplers. With Blake’s biometer, his wait got over.
Why did Blake’s father didn’t want Keplers to return?
While nothing is concretely underlined in the film, Blake’s father, from time to time, remarked on human plunder and exploitation. Elite Humans, in their greed, destroyed Earth of its resources. They exceeded the rate of exploitation compared to Earth’s healing capacity, as a result of which, the Planet turned inhabitable.
These humans left for Kepler 209, and the utmost burden on the Planet ceased. It started healing itself, and the remaining survivors, “muds,” lived a pretty nomadic life. When Blake’s father came back to Earth, he witnessed the healing process. He even got back his fertility and married a “mud” woman giving birth to Neil. Nevertheless, he didn’t contact the Keplers because he knew that the cycle of exploitation will spin again after their arrival, leading to another devastation and annihilation. There was no end to elite human greed, and thus, he rebelled against Gibson. He even dropped his code “for the many,” realizing that Planet could only afford a few and not many up there looking at it like scavengers.
Why did Gibson kidnap Muds Girls?
During her captivity, Blake befriended a mud child, Maila. Later, she was kidnapped by Gibson’s men. Maila’s mother, Narvik, and Blake pursued a rescue mission, and that was how she ended up on Gibson’s ship.
When Narvik attacked Gibson’s stronghold to retrieve her daughter, Gibson’s men thrashed her and announced a death sentence. Blake got furious. She questioned Gibson why he was abducted and educating “only girls.”
Gibson revealed that when Keplers would arrive on Earth, the average age of their women would be the 50s. Even if their fertility got restored, it would be too late for them to conceive. Through mud girls, Gibson was creating a diverse and vigorous gene pool. They would be inseminated by Kepler Men to repopulate the Planet.
At this moment, Blake realized that her father was right. Elite Keplers like Gibson thought that the human race needed the elites to survive. But they were wrong, and the “muds” were a living example. Gibson and other elite humans were just trying to create their supremacy. It wasn’t a mission for survival but to maintain their sovereignty.
‘Tides’ Ending, Explained
In the middle of the film, Blake informed Gibson that she could connect the biometer to the Henderson Hub weather station and transmit it to Kepler 209. The biometer was lost when Muds took Blake, prisoner. She employed Maila to steal it from her pod. Still, before she can hand over the instrument, Gibson’s raided the tribe and kidnapped Maila.
Gibson found the biometer hidden in Maila’s doll with which his adopted son Neil was playing. In the end, Blake turned against Gibson and helped Narvik to overthrow Gibson’s stronghold. Blake thought that to communicate with Keplers, Gibson needed proof that humans could procreate on Earth, and she was the only proof. But Blake’s father defied her theory.
Gibson knew that Neil was Blake’s father’s offspring and thus a more concrete proof than Blake herself. Neil was a Kepler born on Earth.
Blake reached the Henderson Hub weather station, but it was too late. Gibson killed Neil’s mother and took him hostage. He successfully transmitted the message to Kepler 209, and they would leave for Earth as soon as they received it.
In the combat, Blake pushed Gibson in the water and jumped along. The two struggled underwater, and Gibson was killed. Narvik pulled Blake out of the water and saved her life. She was reunited with her father, brother, and extended “muds” family.
Blake confronted a grieving Neil who just lost his mother. She handed over her father’s souvenir, a matchbox with pictures of the first astronauts who landed on the Moon. Neil also aspired to become an astronaut, and thus, the souvenir helped him support his dreams. However, in the end, Neil asked the most inquisitive question, “Are the Keplers coming?”
Blake hinted that they might be coming back. She doesn’t speak with surety because Gibson had only transmitted the message. Whether it would be received and what decision they would take is at their disposal. But she clearly stated that if they decided to come back, then the whole colony would arrive because, without fertility, humans would perish on Kepler. Hence, they would be obliged to take a considerable risk. She lied about Kepler’s bringing trees with them because Blake’s father suggested in previous scenes that there was no way to grow a sapling on Kepler 209.
The last frame chronicled mud girls returning back to their families. Their families cherished happiness.
Tides (also known as The Colony) is a 2021 Science Fiction Film written and directed by Tim Fehlbaum.