So that was gen:Lock, or as Mochi and others have called it, gen:ERIC. And it is a wonderful example of ambition exceeding grasp of a studio, with a lot of behind the scenes drama that would never have occurred had the ambition of the series not been so grandiose. Actors with several Emmy and Oscar nominations between them, plans for a tie-in comic, and who knows what else?
The problem is, barring all the behind the scenes horror stories, barring all the other drama, what we really have is a generic real robot show that when compared against the prequel to Gundam The Origin shows just how flat and boring Western attempts at the genre pale to their Eastern counterparts.
In eight episodes we know Jack crap about the Union, their motivations, why war was declared, something that the Origin manga answered in its prologue. We have...Rooster Teeth’s usual QUALITY. Here’s an idea, instead of going out of your way to hire Arya Stark, look at how the Japanese have made CG animation work. There was no reason not to invest your money in that and hire the usual VA pool instead of getting Killmonger.
So we don’t know anything about the world, the animation is ass, and the celebrity voice cast wasn’t even advertised save some vague statements. David Tenant is acting his ass off as per usual but everyone else doesn’t have two craps to give about this animu crap.
The end result isn’t incompetent. It’s just thoroughly mediocre and was blown up into something it was never meant to be. And the writers performed the classic screw up of saving explanations for a second season that will never be made.