Locke & Key

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Emily Clark

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Following the tragic murder of their dad Rendell Locke, the Locke children (along with their mom, Nina) move back to Rendell’s hometown of Matheson, Massachusetts to live in the Locke family ancestral home: Key House.

Nobody knows the exact reason why Rendell left Matheson to begin with—not even Nina—but when the Locke children start finding keys around the house, the mystery begins to unravel.

If There’s a Key…

Each key has a magical power. One allows them to go anywhere in the world, another opens their minds to explore long-forgotten memories, and still another lets them change their appearance.

With each key that Bode, Kinsey and Tyler find, another piece of their dad’s past is unlocked. But unfortunately, the keys also draw some unwanted attention from a woman who wants them for herself.

The Lockes aren’t sure what the keys have to do with their dad’s death or why this strange woman wants them, but they do know this: The keys are their legacy, and they have to protect them.

…Then There Must Be a Locke

Don’t judge a lock or this show by its key. Netflix seems to be aiming Locke & Key at teens and perhaps even children, but it’s a bad fit indeed.

Despite some fun fantastical elements that amaze the Locke children, Locke & Key is surprisingly dark and scary. The magic that often leaves them in wonder also involves demonic possession and contributes to several violent deaths.

Language can be pretty harsh from both the adults and the kids. Teens engage in sexual activities and get drunk at parties. And there’s a plot point that centers around a recovering alcoholic. As the Locke family eventually learns, sometimes it’s better to keep things under lock and key. The same could be said of this show.

Episode Reviews

Feb. 7, 2020: “Welcome to Matheson”

A grieving Locke family moves back to Rendell’s ancestral home after his death. A mysterious woman trapped in a well tells the Locke’s youngest son Bode about the keys. He finds two of them, but quickly learns that the keys are dangerous after the well woman betrays him and nearly gets his mom killed.

A man stabs himself in the chest with a key that sets him on fire and destroys his house in an explosion. A teenager shoots a woman in the leg and kills her husband when he tries to disarm the boy. Tyler witnesses his dad’s murder. Kinsey and Bode hide from the murderer. Tyler threatens to “beat” his brother if he disobeys a rule.

Two people get trapped in a “prison of the mind” with the skeletons of other people who died after getting lost there. Creepy reflections move on their own. Magical keys “whisper” to Bode so he can find them.

A teenage couple makes out and they take off their shirts (we see the girl’s bra). A man kisses his wife on the cheek. Women and teenage girls wear tops with cleavage showing. A girl exits a bathroom wrapped in a towel. Teenage boys talk about sex. A boy tells his sister that her conservative outfit is very “saving it for Jesus.”

Teenagers drink at a party. A teenage boy tries and fails to light a marijuana joint. Someone describes a drawing room as a place to drink and smoke cigars. Someone talks about drunk women.

We hear several uses of the s-word, “h—,” “a–” and the British expletive “bloody.” God’s and Jesus’ names are both misused several times as well. A child uses his middle finger to say goodbye to people after his uncle tells him it has multiple meanings.

We see a taxidermized fawn. A girl is unsympathetic to the death of Mr. Locke.

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