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Netflix’s Locke & Key


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Im going to go ahead and assume we are all fans of the comic here.

And that we were all disappointed when the cable tv pilot got shelved a number of years ago.

Whelp, here we go, we finally get a screen version come February 7th!

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I am excite! So many good shows I either haven't started yet, am behind on, or are about to drop. Can't keep up!



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Carlton Cuse is the show runner, apparently, and while I would be a little nervous considering Lost got, uh, lost a few seasons in, but he has very popular source material to work with, and Lost was pretty great those first few seasons, so I am actually quite excite about this!

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Just saw the trailer (yeah, Im slow)... no way to tell how faithful to the books theyll be, but boy did they make it look just like the comic.

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Extremely similar, yeah! And they're bringing in Georgie from IT and the alien-superpowered teen from Falling Skies. I'm unreasonably optimistic about this.



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Just started episode 2.

Has it always been pronounced BOW-dee? I always pronounced it with a short e.

Im actually really glad they tamed down the backstory for tv.

So far, so good on keeping it pretty true to the source.

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I always pronounced it "boad" in my head because "BODE" is a preexisting one-syllable word and "BODIE" is pronounced "boh-dee".  The closed-captioning insists it's still spelled "BODE", so my pet theory is his entire family started pronouncing it wrong years ago on purpose just to get under his skin, and he got tired of correcting them all by age 5.

 

I kinda multitasked while watching the first few episodes, but eventually it picked up steam and held my focus, especially episode 9, which ratcheted up the tension quite nicely in time for the oddly simple climax. Aiming the show at teens and toning it down to TV-14 seemed like weird choices at first, but in hindsight it feels like a better fit. Gabe Roridguez' art was amazing, but the atrocities inflicted upon his Margaret Keane-eyed subjects could be extra jarring at times, bordering on just plain mean.  One reviewer complained the show was "more spooky than scary". but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

 

All the casting was absolutely spot-on.  I'm surprised Uncle Duncan's role was minimized.  I laughed at the cameos in episode 2 and 10.

 

I've forgotten some details about the original comics over the years since I collected them, but while I saw one aspect of the ending coming, they caught me off-guard going a few steps beyond that.  Reviews seem mixed enough that I have no idea whether a second season is likely, but I'd be fine with it happening.  The show reminded me how much I liked the Lockes.



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I don't like the kid playing Bode. I know you can't expect much from kid actors, but it's like he's just reciting lines and trying to cute. There's no substance at all to anything he does. Only three episodes in so far though.



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Just got through the episode where Kinsey first goes down in the caves... and I realized that Duncans about my age, and Rendell and Ellie arent that much older... and theyre the parents of the teen MCs. Im too old to use the keys. How sad.

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Im a little less than halfway into the last episodes and the kids are going into the caves... I have cave PTSD after reading this bit in the comics. I sure hope they clean this up, that was Red Wedding level tragic.

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Well, that was practically a happy ending, considering. And left it wide open for season 2, of course.



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