When Netflix finally released the first season of Locke & Key. After nearly a decade of failed adaptation, it felt like a bittersweet victory. Yes, the characters are perfectly chosen, and Keyhouse himself is a hero. Still, the tone is so different that it loses some of its original charm and suspense. Even if some changes in the story suggest a better Season 2.
As the new season rolls with these changes, it’s a compelling, suspenseful. And sometimes even touching show about the memories and fears of growing up. With a much-hated villain and some great sets. But when he contemplated going back to starting material. The season ended up feeling rushed and under-prepared. With another bittersweet part of having good ideas and not-so-great performances.
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Evil has triumphed, and you are not alone. The demon Dodge manages to make the Lockes believe. That they were sent back to Hell, where they came from. But instead takes the form of their friend Gabe (Griffin Gluck). Who is now a supporter in Eden (Halley Jones).
Who was infected by a demon at the end of the season without Locke knowing? Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones) and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) believe that they are free from evil demons.
While the first season changed the comic’s phantasmagoric. And eerie tone in favour of a Harry Potter-like wish. This season replaced Hogwarts for Narnia. As the first season focused on the terrifying realization that you’ll eventually grow up and forget the wizarding world.
And special locks around the lock housing. As the adult brain surrounds itself to ignore the magic around them. It’s treated as a death scene in a slasher movie. With sound designs suggesting you like the theme music for horror villains and extreme close-ups. That put horror in the faces of reprogrammed characters against their will.
No matter how strong the locks are, time can’t catch up. And Locke & Key finds a lot of emotional baggage in the character’s despair that needs to be explored to prevent this from happening.
It’s hard not to miss Tyler’s quest to find Jackie before he turns 18. Similarly, Duncan (Aaron Ashmore) gets a more significant role with the heartbreaking story of what is lost when his memories are stolen from him as a child, which is for the best. Action this season is leading.
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The season as a whole feels darker, scarier, and more dangerous. It sheds more light on Keyhosue’s story and brings the Locke family closer. To their final battle against a dark foe. But the horrors don’t stop worrying about getting old. The trip to the protagonist’s head turns into a nightmare on Elm Street.
The giant spiders crawling over locks and people dying gruesome deaths. Although it’s still not clear enough for young viewers to see the show. This is Locke and Ki’s Order of the Phoenix in many ways, and the story is much darker. The characters don’t know why, and evil is building its army.
This works because the show finally allows Dodge to be as evil as possible without being vulnerable to absurd humour. In contrast, Eden is the one who turns jokes like a villain. And allows Dodge to be just as threatening as his comic book counterpart. Griffin Gluck does a great job linking Leisla De Oliveira’s performance. As last season’s Dodge woman as she embraces the evil creature. While walking the fine line between a great Disney villain and a sadistic psychopath, she makes it look effortless.
Eden is far from the only change in the source material, and when Locke & Key breaks the need to keep up with Joe Hill and Gabrielle Rodriguez’s story in time, it comes up with some exciting and fun concepts that make the show worth watching, whether or not you care. Are die-hard fans or casual viewers.
This season expands on the Keys’ origins in ways only shown in the comics and how they were made, and who was able to make them. These changes make the world of the series more complete and detailed, as this season makes more frequent flashbacks to explore Mattison and Keyhouse’s past and what it means not only for the present but also for the future of the series.