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A review of the Locke and Key Netflix Series

2-11-20


This website is supposed to be fun, and I realized I hadn't done any fun reviews lately, so here we go.

Locke and Key is an imaginative new Netflix coming-of-age mystery series about the Locke family. It's based on a comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. It has scary elements that probably make it unsuitable for children under nine, but those same scary elements are part of what I believe will draw adults to it.

In the first episode, the newly-widowed Nina Locke moves to Keyhouse, the run-down ancestral home of her dead husband, with her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode (pronounced like Bode plot, for you engineers who may be reading this). We learn that Nina was shot and her husband murdered by a man demanding that the husband tell him "everything he needs to know about Keyhouse". Both the husband and his brother hate the house and want nothing to do with it. Many people in the town surrounding Keyhouse are aware that it is some kind of supernatural place, and they appear to be afraid of it.

Right away, this series reminded me of another Netflix series, called The Haunting of Hill House, which I also recommend, if you aren't afraid of scarier horror movies. I had trouble sleeping for a night or two after watching it. A little googling showed me why I was reminded of The Haunting of Hill House. It's executive producer, Meredith Averill, is also the executive producer of Locke and Key.

In the first episode, the supernatural occurrences begin when Bode squeezes between the iron bars of the locked (no pun intended) stone well-house that sits 50 yards or so from Keyhouse. Supposedly no one has been inside for years. Intrigued by the stone well in the center, he peers down into the darkness trying to see to the bottom. But he can't. He shouts, "Hello! Hello!", and his voice echoes against the stone. "Is anybody down there?!" Why he would wonder if anyone is down in the well I don't know, except he is a small boy of seven or eight, and small boys wonder about a lot of things. He shouts again, "Hello! Hello! Are you my echo?!" This time a sinister female voice answers from down in the well, "Yes, I am your echo... Bode." He runs from the well-house in terror.

This is our introduction to the villain, played by a rather attractive woman in her mid twenties, whose real name I was unable to find. Apparently, she knows about the keys that the house contains, and she wants them.

We soon learn that Keyhouse contains many hidden keys. These keys have supernatural powers when they are inserted into a lock. These powers include the ability to teleport the owner anywhere in the world that he has seen before, the ability to astrally project his spirit out of his body, and the ability to go inside his own mind and see and experience his memories. Some of the keys also do bad things, very dangerous things, things that can kill you. Perhaps, this is why they can only be found by a small child. Who else would want to mess with them?

As Bode finds the keys one-by-one, he and the rest of his family must contend with the villain who is trying to get them. We also learn in the fourth episode that, apparently, in order for a key to work for someone other than the person who found it, the finder must willingly give the key to the other person.

The end of episode 4 is as far as I've watched so far, and it seems like a good place to stop. Part of the fun of this series is it's slowly-revealed mysteries, so revealing spoilers would definitely spoil the fun for anyone who wants to watch it. I'll just say that this series struck me as something that has the potential of becoming a children's classic, like Peter Pan. It's that good.



--Tie






  

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