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How Locke & Key Covers the Complexities of Trauma, Concern & Habit


Netflix not too long ago launched the third and ultimate season of Locke & Key, tailored from the graphic novel collection created by Joe Hill. A coming-of-age supernatural horror collection, the story centres across the Locke household and their ancestral dwelling Keyhouse, which is full of hidden mystical keys.

The collection stars Darby Stanchfield as Locke household matriarch Nina Locke, Connor Jessup because the eldest youngster Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones as center youngster Kinsey Locke and Jackson Robert Scott (Georgie from the most recent adaptation of Stephen King’s It) because the youngest youngster Bode Locke.

Not solely is the collection a thrill to observe, nevertheless it additionally dives deeply into advanced, but vital ideas, resembling trauma, worry and habit in a really uncooked manner (warning, there are some spoilers forward so please learn on at your individual discretion).

One of many issues I maybe preferred most in regards to the collection is the way it addresses trauma and loss. Even earlier than the collection begins, the Locke household faces the demise of patriarch Rendell Locke. Let me be extra particular: varied flashbacks reveal that Rendell was murdered, by one in all his college students, in entrance of the household – with Tyler watching helplessly from exterior the entrance door, Kinsey making an attempt to guard Bode, and Nina additionally getting shot earlier than managing to knock the perpetrator unconscious. Because the collection begins, the household uproots their life from Seattle to the small city of Matheson, Massachusetts, the place Keyhouse awaits them. Nonetheless, within the first season, they proceed to be haunted by recollections of the traumatic occasion, with sounds and pictures from their every day lives reminding them of the tragedy.

Don’t get me unsuitable – I really like the supernatural components of the collection. Every magical secret is uniquely designed and has its personal means. There’s the Wherever Key, which lets you journey via any door you’ve seen earlier than, and the Head Key, which lets you enterprise inside your individual head. The Head Key’s particularly distinctive because it permits you to revisit your recollections, put issues inside your head you can later recall and actually “meet” your feelings (worry, happiness, and many others.), that are personified by a model of your self. And naturally, we will’t overlook in regards to the demonic entity who goes by the title Dodge and who can also be searching for the keys for their very own sinister causes.

Nonetheless, we will’t overlook the truth that the present additionally conveys lots of actual, relatable materials about advanced matters and feelings. The notion of ache and trauma as one thing we might reasonably overlook emerges all through the collection. On the earth of Locke & Key, adults don’t bear in mind magic, however the Reminiscence Key permits individuals to retain their recollections of the magic of Keyhouse and the keys. On the finish of the second season (spoiler alert!) Tyler’s girlfriend Jackie dies after being become a demon by Dodge (and a failed try to show her again). Thus, Tyler decides to not use the Reminiscence Key on himself so he would overlook his recollections of magic and the ache of shedding his girlfriend. Nonetheless, within the third season, Tyler modifications his tune, as he finally decides to make use of the Reminiscence Key, reasoning that having the recollections again will permit him to know his ache.

I additionally like how the collection conceptualizes worry. As the primary season begins, Kinsey is haunted by her father’s homicide, discovering herself paralyzed by worry. Finally, she decides to make use of the Head Key to actually take the worry out of her head and bury her worry – which is a dwelling, monstrous illustration of her – within the yard. She begins to take dangers because of being fearless and she or he goes after what she desires; nonetheless, within the second season, she realizes how a lot she is lacking with a whole emotion faraway from her head. She is ready to summon her “worry monster” to return to her and reinsert her worry again into her head. This helps her confront her fears and transfer on, particularly when she realizes that her former boyfriend “Gabe” is definitely Dodge in disguise. Kinsey’s character arc illustrates worry as a typically unwelcome however finally helpful presence in our lives.

Additionally interwoven within the collection are Nina’s struggles with alcoholism, which she is fighting even earlier than the occasions of the collection. So, we will see how issues intensify for her following the homicide of Rendell and the following relocation of her household to Keyhouse. Issues get much more difficult when Sam Lesser, the coed who murdered Rendell, reveals up at Keyhouse within the seventh episode of the primary season, threatening the household and demanding a number of of the keys. This ends in her falling off the wagon. Over the course of the following episode, Nina begins to spin uncontrolled as her youngsters watch, not sure tips on how to deal with it. Finally, Nina clashes together with her youngsters, smashing the urn with Rendell’s ashes on the ground. Though Nina can bounce again, her habit comes again to hang-out her within the third season when, utilizing the Head Key, she relives among the most painful errors she made because of her habit. In a scene that’s tough to observe, Kinsey comforts her mom about the truth that she’s spiralling into her former damaging self, simply with out the alcohol. “You haven’t taken a drink, however you’ve nonetheless discovered a strategy to relapse,” Kinsey says.

Locke & Key is a good supernatural collection, full of magic, household secrets and techniques and plot twists. However, above all, what I really like in regards to the collection is the way it combines the magical components of magical keys, demons, and a mystical world with reasonable portrayals of real-word ideas, resembling trauma, worry and loss.

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