Locke & Key (S2) | Review

Netflix’s adaptation of Joe Hill (Horns) and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s graphic novel came as a nice surprise for me, mashing up horror, mystery, and fantasy. Season one ended on a nice cliff hanger the trailer looked cool but I didn’t know what to expect. stars Emilia Jones (Brimstone, High Rise), Connor Jessup (American Crime), Jackson Robert Scott (It, It Chapter 2), Hallea Jones (The Boys), Griffin Glock (American Vandal), and Darby Stanchfield (Scandal, Mad Men).

Last season: Three siblings who move into their ancestral estate after their father’s gruesome murder discover their new home’s magical keys, which must be used in their stand against an evil creature who wants the keys and their powers.

Premise: As the Locke siblings face old threats in new form things are ramping up fast in their fight against evil.

Review: Last season left us with the knowledge that Dodge’s plan actually worked, they fooled everyone by using the identity key to turn Ellie into them, so the Lockes sent Ellie through the Omega door, and it also turned out that Dodge is also Kinsey’s boyfriend Gabe. Having had the Omega door opened they now have help in the form of a demon who now possesses Eden and some whispering iron – the metal used to forge new keys.

Story-wise this season flows much better than the first, elements that felt like filler have now come full circle and gained a somewhat deeper meaning.

The beginning of the show is very suspenseful, and somewhat whimsical, but at the same time you can feel the darkness creeping in the edges. Then when that first piece of darkness comes it’s a bit jarring – I’m talking about the dad’s storyline. I love how it unfolds, the mystery is peeled layer after layer masterfully. And the effect that storyline has on each character involved is well written and portrayed.

Locke & Key S2 is very easy and pleasant to watch. It’s a fantasy thriller with a perfect amount of horror and drama.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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