Originally airing on Rooster Teeth’s FIRST platform, the animated web series Gen:LOCK will make its Adult Swim debut tonight. The show is set in a dystopian future where an international coalition known as The Polity fights a hostile invading force known as The Union. The show follows the Gen:LOCK program and its members, who participate in the development and testing of an experimental technology that allows for individuals with unique mental makeups to have their minds uploaded to giant suits of mecha armor.
The first season premiere makes its television debut on Saturday, August 3, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Adult Swim. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the show on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming subscription services:
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim is one of 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Gen:Lock on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch episodes up to three days after they air even if you didn’t record them.
In addition to a Netflix-like on-demand streaming library, Hulu also offers a bundle of 60-plus live TV channels, which includes Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Gen:LOCK on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which has new episodes available after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
PlayStation Vue–which doesn’t require an actual PlayStation console to sign up or watch–offers four different live-TV channel packages, all of which include Cartoon Network/Adult Swim.
You can start a free 5-day trial of PS Vue right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Cartoon Network/Adult Swim on your computer via the PS Vue website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation (3 or 4), or other supported device via the PS Vue app.
If you can’t watch live, PlayStation Vue comes included with cloud DVR.
‘Gen:LOCK’ Premiere Preview
Created by Gray Haddock, Gen:LOCK follows the the members of a program named Gen:LOCK which offers an experimental technology that allows for people with unique mental make ups to have their minds uploaded to giant suits of mecha armor. The series originally aired on Rooster Teeth’s FIRST platform, but Adult Swim is airing the series on its block of programming called Toonami.
As Comicbook writes: “In Gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of mecha—giant, weaponized robot bodies. These daring recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost. As Julian Chase leaves behind his life as a fighter pilot to become the first candidate for the program, he finds his endurance, as well as his very identity, will be tested beyond anything he ever imagined.”
The series stars Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, David Tennant, Koichi Yamadera, Monica Rial, Asia Kate Dillon, and Golshifteh Farahani among others. Jordan voices Chase, the Vanguard pilot and “All-American guy” from Brooklyn who lost much of his body in the Battle of New York at the start of the war. Chase then becomes recruited into the Gen:LOCK program and becomes the first successful Holon pilot. Since his physical body is confined to a preservation tank, he mostly interacts with others through holographic projections or his Holon.
The series has received mostly positive praise, citing both the anime-inspired animation quality and the performances of the lead cast. Dave Trumbore of Collider wrote, “If the first two episodes, packed with action, heart, and humor, heartbreaking twists and back-stabbing turns, don’t grab you, then clearly Gen:LOCK is not the show for you.”
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