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Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« on: February 07, 2020, 10:26:11 PM »
This has finally come to fruition and is available in it's entirety on Netflix. Although I watched it through other means.

I loved reading through the comics about 4 years ago, although I do remember losing interest after a while as the keys became more stupid (eg. one which turned the user black, as a vehicle for the writer to make some kind of half arsed racial statement)...and never continued with it. But those first 5 or 6 volumes I enjoyed immensely. My memories of the specifics beyond the main narrative are a bit hazy now, so watching the first 4 episodes earlier I couldn't really remember how much it was deviating from the comic story wise.

Inevitably it has that American Television sheen to everything meaning it's not quite how you perceived it in comic form. The art in the comics, although very good, had a kind of harsh and ugly aspect to it, which of course is lost here where even people who are meant to be dorky outcasts are fairly attractive. There's one kid, Kinsey's love interest Scot, who's incredibly miscast; he's meant to be some quirky dorky misfit who loves horror films but is played by a very handsome cleancut kid who's gone to RADA.

As for the kids themselves, Kinsey and Bodi are pretty spot on in my opinion...but Tyler I swear was quite a kind of dark and brooding character, sporty but also kind of a bit heavy set and quiet. Here he is just a good looking jock type.

It was always going to be hard to get the balance right tonally...the premise is so fantastical but easier to swallow in comic form whereas here, the premise of "there's a magic house with magic keys that give you different powers" means that at times you can't help but feel like you're watching a kids/teens show (particularly as there's a lot of high school drama additionally added that I don't remember from the comics) at times. In contrast it have more violent scenes but feels nowhere near as gritty as the comic could.

All in all though four episodes in I've enjoyed it; and it's just fun to see what key they'll use next just like in the comics.

Re: Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 09:03:40 AM »
Started this last night (vetting it for 14 year olds). I loved the books so was hoping they wouldn't mess it up; they seem to have done okay so far. It has that Riverdale/Sabrina sheen, thankfully (from my point of view at least) they made the father's death more palatable for a younger audience.

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Re: Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 11:42:35 AM »
How did the dad die in the comic? I can't remember.

Hope they have the key that turns doors into giant dog mouths. What daft bastard made that one, and why?

Anyway, the comic - I didn't love it as much as everyone else did, but it was all right. Probably won't watch this unless everyone is raving. Did they make the punk kid at the school British? I could never figure out if he was supposed to be a Brit or just an Anglophile.

Re: Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 03:07:35 PM »
How did the dad die in the comic? I can't remember.

Hope they have the key that turns doors into giant dog mouths. What daft bastard made that one, and why?

Anyway, the comic - I didn't love it as much as everyone else did, but it was all right. Probably won't watch this unless everyone is raving. Did they make the punk kid at the school British? I could never figure out if he was supposed to be a Brit or just an Anglophile.

Pretty sure that's the guy I mentioned being horribly miscast. The actor theyve hired is completely at odds with the character hes meant to be portraying; think that would be clear to someone who hasnt read the comics

So far I think it's relatively safe for teens; by the nature of its premise it really works as a young adult type piece of tv, and I'm not too bothered that theyve played to that. Just shake about making it so Riverdale sheeny and not a bit more arty and twisted

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Re: Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2020, 03:28:48 PM »
So this isn't about a comedy double act?

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Re: Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2020, 03:39:19 PM »
Apparently not.

Re: Locke & Key: tv series finally out
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2020, 12:07:43 PM »
I love the comics and was looking forward to this. So far I don't mind the casting or any of the changes they made, but it all ultimately feels a bit hollow. It's not amazingly written either, and the Mum character is rubbish... but I'll finish it.

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