• Veronika Jel

REVIEW: ‘Locke & Key’ Season 2: Is it better than season 1?

After much anticipation, the second season of Locke & Key was finally released on Netflix. But how does it compare to season 1? Does it live up to our high expectations?

Locke & Key Season 2 - Image: Netflix

Locke & Key (2020) is a supernatural drama based on the comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. After the death of their father, the Locke family move to Matheson, Massachusetts, to live in their family home, Keyhouse. The house isn’t what it seems – it’s filled with magical keys that the Locke kids can use to get into all sorts of trouble.

But there is an evil demon, Dodge, lurking in the shadows. And she wants to get a hold of the keys...

Where we left off

Season 1 was very much about the Locke kids discovering magic. Season 2 starts with them already being comfortable with it. We see Tyler take his girlfriend, Jackie, on magic-filled dates. Kinsey spends a lot of time relaxing in her head.

All seems perfect. They defeated the evil Dodge and can now let go and have fun. Or at least that’s what they think. We know that things aren’t quite as rosy. After all, Kinsey’s new boyfriend, Gabe, is actually Dodge in disguise. How long before they catch on?

New characters

With a new season come new characters—some more memorable than others.

The most notable additions are Bode’s new classmate, Jamie, and her dad, Josh. They both quickly develop close relationships with members of the Locke family. Jamie becomes Bode’s best friend. Josh is Nina’s new love interest.

While neither of the characters is bad, they both feel like wasted potential. Josh comes off as mysterious and potentially dangerous at first – but there is little payoff. Jamie is brilliant. A loveable character and a good match for Bode. But we don’t get to see nearly enough of her.

Trauma and memories

One thing that this new season does well is themes. From the get-go, it’s clear what the main theme is: memories.

Jackie is turning 18 soon, and she’s starting to forget about magic. Tyler finds this difficult to deal with. Not only because his girlfriend keeps forgetting about their adventures, but also because he knows he’s next. His birthday is only a couple of months away.

He spends most of the season trying to find a way to keep his and Jackie’s memories. But should he be doing so? Jackie seems determined to grow up. And then there’s Duncan, his uncle, who is clearly traumatized because of his memories.

The show asks good questions. Is it easier to forget? Are you still you if you lose some of your memories? When is the time to let go?

By the end of the season, we know what Tyler decides to do. We know how Duncan feels. But somehow, brilliantly, the questions still remain unanswered.

Is it as good as season 1?

Season 1 set a high bar for all seasons to follow. Season 2 didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t quite reach the same levels as its predecessor. Maybe it’s because the novelty’s worn off now. Maybe we missed all the fascinating characters like Ellie, Sam, and Rufus.

Either way, season 2 was good. Really, really good. Just not quite as good as season 1.