Locke and Key is a brand new show debuting on Netflix this February. After watching the trailer I was truly captivated by the premise. It is a light supernatural mixed with a healthy dose of adventure.
After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse(Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.
The show starts on the emotional backbone of the father’s death. This allows the audience to build a connection with the core characters. It takes its time to flash out the 3 siblings, Tyler, little Bode, and their middle sister Kinsey. We catch up with them they deal with the aftermath of the fathers passing b moving to another town. A fresh start in the house where their dad grew up. And within this mansion lies secrets waiting to be unlocked. This is a show about magic with a dash of supernatural. As with any supernatural show, the secrets the house presents at first are all warm and fuzzy. However soon Bode finds that not is shimmer and shine.
Bode the heart of this would-be franchise, is the first to find a key. The key allows him to use any door to take him anywhere in the world. Immediately he dubs it the anywhere key and tries to show his siblings to no luck. Of course, circumstances soon has his brother and sister firm believers. As the three try and find more keys, the big bad slowly begins to emerge and is also after the keys. This is when the show shifts into 5th gear.
The Core Cast
Locke and Key at its base maybe all by the numbers at its core, but the premise maketh the difference and dear old Bode is one of those characters is loveable at first sight. He is a cute kid with a larger than life personality that just begs for camera time. His brother Tyler is the typical stoic teenager, that doesn’t want to be here. His character feels rather bland at first but slowly develops into something much better. Kinsey is the fresh face teen girl with big dreams and a big heart. She is very timid though and is the one to go through the biggest character development. The teens acting seems off at first but as they settle into their roles become much more believable. luckily this happens early on. However, then there is the mother whose acting remains just as wooden as the cupboards in Locke Mansion.
Bode, on the other hand, is the heart of the show, he has this spark and charms that sucks you in. Tyler the older brother has traces of his mother’s acting but unlike her, he does become a bit more likable as we move through the episodes.
As I mentioned above, the show takes a while to build up the basis of the series. Information is revealed in drips, however, the reveals are very rewarding. The end game isn’t even touched on till the penultimate episode. This was a good move. All too often the endgame or the idea of it is pushed in mid-way through the show. Then we have the cast chasing down McGuffins in order to take down the bad guy. This time, however, is actually different. The heroes here are pretty much on the defensive most of the journey. Locke and Key sneaky tricks you into detective mode. Essentially you are discovering the secrets of Keys along with the protagonists.
Midway is when the show really finds its groove, with some amazing plot twists and reveals that it will have you munching on your popcorn faster than a kid chasing an ice-cream truck. Improved acting aside, the story manages to build its mythology firmly and even lay seeds for the inevitable next season. The villain is a nice mix of mystery and cunning and the heroes are grounded as they soon have their newfound friends aiding them. The small-town setting works well and the clever visual effects bind it all to make a wonderful show.
The show is not without faults but wins you over quickly with its charm and mystery adventure. It feels like a mature version of Scooby-Doo in tone and well who doesn’t like Scooby. I am already psyched for the second season.