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  • TV-PG
  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.2  (1,724)

Gen:LOCK is an animated science fiction series created by Rooster Teeth Productions. It premiered in January 2019 and stars Michael B. Jordan, Golshifteh Farahani, and David Tennant in lead roles. The story is set in a near-future world where the human race is facing a supervirus, and nations have turned to robotic technology called Holon suits to fight mech armies. The plot revolves around the Experimental Science Unit, a military organization comprised of highly skilled pilots, scientists, and technicians who operate the Holon suits. They form the backbone of the gen:LOCK program, which enables a human to transfer their consciousness into a Holon suit and become an advanced weapon.

The main protagonist of the series is Julian Chase (voiced by Michael B. Jordan), a former fighter pilot who was presumed dead after an incident in the field. However, he is revealed to be alive and joins the gen:LOCK program to fight the enemy.

With his sharp reflexes and outstanding combat skills, Julian is paired up with four other pilots - Kazu Iida (Koichi Yamadera), a skilled Japanese samurai; Valentina Romanyszyn (Maisie Williams), a Ukrainian orphan; Cammie MacCloud (Dakota Fanning), a 16-year-old hacker, and Yasamin Madrani (Golshifteh Farahani), the head technician of the gen:LOCK program.

David Tennant voices Dr. Rufus Weller, the inventor of the Holon suits, who serves as a mentor to the pilots. He is passionate about creating the perfect harnessed to interface with the human brain and helping the gen:LOCK program achieve its goals.

As the story progresses, the team discovers that the enemy has been using gen:LOCK technology for their nefarious purposes, and the team must find a way to stop them from taking over the world using their superior harnessed technology.

The animation of Gen:LOCK is breathtaking and is a testament to Rooster Teeth's commitment to the craft. The Holon suits are designed beautifully, and the action sequences are visually stunning. The series is a perfect blend of traditional hand-drawn anime and computer animation.

The pacing of the show is excellent, with each episode providing ample character development and progresses the plot forward. The humour is injected to break the tension and to offer much-needed levity, but it never overpowers the narrative.

One of the best things about Gen:LOCK is the diversity of its cast. The show features characters of various ethnicities, genders, and identities, offering representation to an often marginalised demographic. However, it never feels forced or pandering the way many other shows have done. The diversity is organic and meaningful, adding an extra layer of complexity to the characters.

Gen:LOCK is a must-watch for all sci-fi fans. It has everything you could ask for in a science-fiction adventure - immersive world-building, compelling characters, stunning animation, and pulse-pounding action sequences. The themes of identity, camaraderie, and sacrifice are dealt with in depth and resonate well with the viewer.

In conclusion, Gen:LOCK is a remarkable animated series that stands out in the crowded space of sci-fi-adventure shows. The talent involved in creating the show, both behind and in front of the camera, is evident in every frame. It is a true testament to the potential of animated storytelling and proves that live-action is not the only medium to tell meaningful, engaging stories.

gen:LOCK is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (16 episodes). The series first aired on January 26, 2019.

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Touch What's in Front of You
8. Touch What's in Front of You
January 1, 2021
As the Twilight ravages New York, Chase and the members of gen:LOCK face a fatal decision that could finally seal humanity's fate.
7. Twilight
January 1, 2021
As Miranda and Chase head to New York to face off against the Twilight, Cammie and Caliban near a breakthrough that could help Henry crack gen:LOCK's code.
The Third Way
6. The Third Way
January 1, 2021
As the gen:LOCK team prepares for their raid on RTASA, Miranda hatches a plan to appeal to Chase's emotions while General Marin confronts the Polity's latest plot.
The Grand Guignol
5. The Grand Guignol
January 1, 2021
General Marin's ruthless tactics come into question while the gen:LOCK team mourns one of their own. Later, Cammie's search for answers leads her to Babylon.
Together, Together
4. Together, Together
November 25, 2021
As the battle to reclaim the Anvil approaches, Cammie clashes with her teammates, while Val bonds with Kazu. Later, Chase uncovers a dark truth.
Buried Pain Grows Poison Trees
3. Buried Pain Grows Poison Trees
November 18, 2021
While General Marin orders a much-needed reprieve, Chase considers the complex implications of his discovery, and Miranda angles for a promotion. Then, a figure from the Polity’s past emerges from the shadows.
The First Strike
2. The First Strike
November 15, 2021
In 2068, the war between the Union and the Polity begins with a shocking strike on a major stronghold. As Yaz joins the resistance movement, Chase confronts a shocking truth.
When the Leaves Began to Turn
1. When the Leaves Began to Turn
November 4, 2021
As the Union's Holon army nears the Polity's final stronghold, Chase preps his team for what could be gen:LOCK's last stand.
Where to Watch gen:LOCK
gen:LOCK is available for streaming on the Rooster Teeth website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch gen:LOCK on demand at Max and Amazon Prime and Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    January 26, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (1,724)