Locke and Key

Jackson Robert Scott in 'Locke & Key.' (Ken Woroner/Netflix)
Jackson Robert Scott in 'Locke & Key.' (Ken Woroner/Netflix)


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.


Netflix’s Locke & Key is based on a series of graphic novels of the same name by Joel Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. After their success with Umbrella Academy, also based on graphic novels, it seems Netflix is riding this train, and I hope they never stop because Locke & Key is another gripping and fun show to sink into.

After the Locke family witness the tragic murder of their father by a former student, their mother moves them across the country to his family home in Massachusetts. Keyhouse is in need of some refurbishing, and the Locke’s are in need of a fresh start.

The youngest son, Bode soon befriends a voice at the bottom of the well who tells him that Keyhouse has magic keys that allow the wielder to have special powers. She’s in search of the Anywhere Key so she can get out of the well. Bode, being a very trusting and therefore stupid child, learns very quickly not to befriend echoes which are trapped at the bottom of wells.

Bode has two older siblings, Kinsey and Tyler, who are very close to each other and who love Bode very much. The siblings have a strong relationship with each other, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have problems with each other either. The death of their father was brutal, and they were all witness to it, so they each carry trauma from that which affects not only themselves but their relationships with each other.

But now to the fun stuff: the keys. Only the children can hear the call of the keys and soon accumulate a number of them. And while initially, it’s all fun and games, they quickly learn how dangerous they are especially since Well Lady aka Dodge aka Lucas is after them. And even though she has to be given the keys willingly, she is not opposed to hurting children to get them.

The mystery of who Dodge/Lucas is was not one that I saw coming, and her motivation for getting the keys is not clear until the very end. The Gabe plot twist at the end was not very surprising because he is just suspiciously nice and too accepting of everything.

There are lots of mysteries to solve throughout it all to keep viewers on their feet and guessing throughout the ten episodes, and the show does a good job of pacing them and revealing it all. The mystery regarding Uncle Duncan’s memories and what happened with the original Keepers of the Keys is one that their father’s childhood friend, Ellie eventually tells the kids and it’s what helps them to pull off their final plan. Although, that doesn’t work out too well for Ellie unbeknownst to the kids.

The acting is excellent, especially from young Jackson Robert Scott who plays Bode. He is just the right amount of annoying yet lovable little brother. Even though he is naïve at the beginning with Well Lady, he learns from his mistakes and can hold his own even though his older siblings try to unnecessarily protect him and keep him out of it all.

The setting of small-town Massachusetts and Keyhouse itself are characters all on their own. The house is big and foreboding and holds so many mysteries but also answers for the Locke family and I’m excited to see what season 2 has in store for them.