gen: LOCK

  • TV Show
  • TV MA
  • By Micheal B Jordan, Gray Haddok
  • Reviewed by Jesse King

Racial Representation: 4

LGBTQ+ Representation: 4

Disability Representation: 2

Body Size Representation: 2

Gender Representation: 3

Socioeconomic Representation: 1

Mental Health Representation: 2

Religious Representation: 1

Own Voice: Yes and no. While the team is diverse, the story’s focus isn’t necessarily on social issues besides war and morality

**Contains Spoilers**

The main reason I wanted to put a gen:LOCK review is becuase of its diverse cast of characters. The main protagonist, Julian Chase, is a black man, who is also immobile after an accident, and the other main characters include Cammie, a small white woman, Kazu, a Japanese man, Yazamin, a middle eastern woman, and Val, a white non-binary person. There are also other characters in minority groups such as Col. Raquel Marin, a Peutro Rican woman, and Miguel Garza, a Hispanic man. While social issues are not the main conflict, as it is a sci-fi show taking place 50 years in the future about a war between 2 factions, I think it deserves some recognition for its diverse cast. A little bonus point, Micheal B Jordan, who voices Julian Chase and is a producer on the show, is trying to bring in a more diverse group of writers for the upcoming season 2. A big reason I wanted to put this here is because gen:LOCK is also part of #ChangeHollywood, a recent initiative launched by Micheal B Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, an initiative which aims to further inclusivity in film and television.


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