Unlock the enjoyment that is “Locke and Key”

By Hailey Pohl

What is the brightest way to start a new life? How about a dad being brutally murdered with a weird friend, Sam Lesser, in the prison ward.

Well, the Locke family didn’t have much of a choice. Directed by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, Andy Muschietti, and Aron Eli Coleite, characters Bode, Tyler, and Kinsey Locke packed up their lives to a new town in Matheson, Massachusetts with their mother.

There, they come upon a house, which their father had hidden away from them in an entirely secret life. Of course, this house is no ordinary house. It’s filled with magical keys, or so says the mysterious Lady Echo from a rugged well. Is she human? Is she a ghost? No, but she’s definitely got an attitude. 

Lady Echo, played by Laysla De Oliveira, isn’t the only odd character, there’s also the mother played by Darby Stanchfield. She’s a little haunted by her past. Well, then again who wouldn’t be if they had to watch their husband die. She’s met his professor, his old friends, and other fragments of his life, but she still feels a little lost. She can’t help, but to question herself,  who really was this man? 

The series continues following the youngest brother, Bode, as he finds the keys hidden around the house. They whisper to him. One key is able to take him anywhere and another can trap his enemies in a glass prison. However, one possesses the ability to unlock the human mind. How much power can an 8-year-old be trusted with? The character Bode is brought to life by Jackson Robert Scott. Scott is most recognizable for his role as Georgie in 2017’s horror movie “It”. 

Overall, this series is very similar to “Stranger Things” as it carries a lot of the same humor and whimsical sibling rivalries. It has it all from the magic to the whoa, and the mystery aspects. Keep in mind, this is a Netflix adaptation from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s comic book series “Locke and Key.” If you would like to read the book first, hold off on watching the adaptation. For now, every open door is an opportunity.