The TV Series Review Vol. 4 No. 1: Discover the power of the keys in “Locke and Key”

Based on the popular comic series written by Joe Hill, Locke & Key is Percy Jackson, Stranger Things, and Card Captor Sakura, rolled into one.

In their ancestral home, the Keyhouse, the three Locke siblings discover a number of mysterious keys throughout the mansion. The keys lead them not only to the reason behind the death of their father, but to a destiny that was waiting for every generation of the Locke family. If the three Locke siblings are up for it.

Locke & Key SEASON 1 EPISODE 5 PHOTO CREDIT Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix PICTURED Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup, Jackson Robert Scott

In Locke & Key, I envision Netflix as the Techno Union in Star Wars with their weird algorithm, which dictates which series they would like to show its audience. Not that I’m complaining, Locke & Key has enough interesting stuff to make the viewer click the “next episode” button.

The story, at first, stay true to the comic series: the three Locke siblings went to live on their ancestral house called the “keyhouse” after the sudden death of their father. One by one, they discover the whereabouts of the magical, ancient keys and the power each holds. The concept is old but interesting if only the production has the imagination to bring the comic series’ story into the TV screen.

Under all the presented issues, the main theme is grief and memory as the Locke family wades into their father’s secrets. The storyline is at its best intriguing, and at its worst, too tiring to watch. Why on earth would the writers of the show spoon-feed the connections to its audience, like “hey this scene and this scene is connected! Cool, right?” Despite its irritating take to the story, Locke & Key is so much like those series the audience would fall into. So the algorithm is winning.

Geek Rate

ares-512Mortal Worthy (3 out of 5 stars). The first season is lacking action if you ask me as if Netflix is waiting for the audience so they could ask them “do you guys like it?” before going all out. There are many promises to this series. The powers of the keys are intriguing enough to make it up for its sub-par story. I look forward to more to come.

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