Although Rooster Enamel has primarily been recognized prior to now decade for its animated collection RWBY, the studio’s 2019 CG present gen:Lock made sufficient of an impression that HBO Max acquired the collection and gave the greenlight for a second season. In between motion set items involving the color-coded Holon mechs, the writers of the sci-fi collection used Michael B. Jordan’s Julian Chase to discover how expertise adjustments one’s humanity, and what it means to be an individual when you possibly can digitally add your mind into a large robotic.
Proven through the present’s 2021 San Diego Comedian-Con panel, gen:Lock’s trailer for season 2 is an endurance check for Chase. Preventing the Union empire with the opposite gen:Lock pilots means combating Nemesii, Union mechs all powered by a stolen digital copy of his mind. And for somebody who already can’t add themselves again into their human physique, the self-murdering is beginning to put on on him.
“Killing your self time and again and once more. I don’t even know what to do with that,” narrates Chase within the trailer.
With every struggle bringing extra Nemesii, it’s simple to see how he sounds so uninterested in combating himself on a regular basis. And it’s solely the start. “Chase has these low factors the place he doesn’t care about something,” admitted Jordan. He joked that Chase wanted remedy, and he wasn’t actually mistaken.
Although not talked about within the panel, the trailer made clear straight away that Chase’s crew can be extra very important than ever. Since final we noticed Cammie (Maisie Williams), Kazu (Koichi Yamadera), Val/ (Asia Kate Dillon), and Yasamin (Golshifteh Farahani), their bonds have solely grown, and the power to share their minds with each other has given all of them a novel connection to one another. As Chase goes to “new lows” within the season, Jordan additionally promised that his spark and emotional connections would slowly return. Like in any anime, the facility of friendship is the important thing.
Digging deeper into its characters appears like one of many core targets for gen:Lock season 2, as Dakota Fanning stated that her character Miranda Value would get her personal “intense” arc that’ll name her values into query. “We see her get pulled into completely different instructions,” Fanning defined, “and the interior wrestle she has along with her profession and her relationships.”
Although it appears like a tease concerning the dynamic between Miranda and Chase, who she dated previous to his obvious loss of life, it’s value remembering that she got here to be a drill sergeant for the opposite gen:Lock pilots. And to Fanning, her empathy is what’ll get Miranda by means of the season. “She’s an excellent particular person, and she or he tries to make choices which can be moral and true to herself.”
For as a lot as gen:Lock bought proper in its first season, the world-building was nonetheless a bit underbaked. The present by no means correctly defined what the worldwide battle was about between the Union and the Polity, the faction the characters struggle for. New showrunner Dan Dominguez promised that for season 2, the edges will grow to be extra clearly outlined within the first episode. He even went additional in calling the Union a hyper-religious state run as a “post-capitalist theocracy,” and calling the Polity an oligarchy of secular capitalists.
It was simple for the Union to be painted as evil in season 1. Not solely had been they slowly conquering the planet with a military of tanks and nanotech-using foot troopers, they had been inserting spies to steal gen:Lock expertise. However the objective is to raised flesh them out and their chief, Brother Tate. On that entrance, Dominguez used the oft-deployed phrase to explain the character: “Everybody is bound they’re the hero in their very own story.”
By means of the eyes of the gen:Lock crew, and Rob Sinclair (Blaine Gibson), a possible gen:Lock pilot attempting to flee Union territory after being kidnapped, the portrayal of the battle and the Union will hopefully be proven a little bit extra evenly. Minus the half the place they tortured Chase’s digital mind and made an infinite military of him.
Gen:Lock season 2 premieres on HBO Max this fall.