Review: Locke & Key

At last, Netflix has released a new season of one of their popular series.

Season 2 of Locke & Key was released last week. Darling Hubby and I binge-watched it this week.

If you haven't heard about Locke & Key, it's a Netflix original series that deuted last year.

Locke & Key, the TV series, is based on is an American comic book series written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, and published by IDW Publishing.

Quick 2 Cents

Imaginative with a compelling storyline. You'll want to watch this from Season 1, Episode 1 in order to understand the mythic world created in Locke & Key.

Each episode builds upon the previous ones, and the cliffhanger at the end of Season 1 will make you immediately want to begin Season 2. Of course, there's a cliffhanger, but don't let that deter you. Even the cliffhanger is satisfying in a humorously macabre way.

The Premise

The story shifts back and forth from current reality to memories of the past. A guidance counselor is murdered by a studient. Trying to move forward and leave the past behind, his widow moves their three children from Seattle back to Massachusetts where her husband grew up.

To their surprise, the family home is a Victorian mansion with as many secrets as there are rooms. Magic lives in Keyhouse, but the children—2 teens and a youngster—are the only ones who realize it. Adults can't. In fact, their conscious minds rationalize every odd occurence.

From that jumping off point, the story expands wtih dramatic highs and lows and magical events. As with anything "special" there's a price to pay, and they learn the price can be high.

Throw in a portal to another dimension, a psychopathic killer, demon possession, teen love and angst, and those in the know recognize that the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Locks and keys abound in this series. You'll find yourself wishing you had some of these keys.

Spoiler Alert

Check out the list of all of the keys and what  they do on the Locke & Key Wiki.

The Cast

Connor Jessup as Tyler Locke, the oldest of the 3 kids.

Emilia Jones as Kinsey Locke, the daughter who's the middle child.

Jackson Robert Scott as Bode Locke, the precocious youngest child who seems smarter and more intuitive than anyone else in the series.

Darby Stanchfield as Nina Locke, the long-suffering mother who hasn't a clue.

Laysla de Oliveira as Dodge whose beauty hides her evil heart.

Griffin Gluck as Gabe, one of the boys who falls for Kinsey.

You'll recognize many of the other members of the cast which is believable in their roles.

Bottom Line

Compelling story with great visual imagery, imaginative storyline, believable characters, some great special effects, and a narrative that makes you beg for more. 

All of it makes you overlook some of the inconsistencies you'll note as well as elements "borrowed" from other media.

Takeaway Truth

Absolutely 2 thumbs up. You'll want to watch the whole 2 seasons again in order to catch some elements you may have missed with the first watching. You'll like this!


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