Based on the graphic novels written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodríguez.
WOW. There are episodes, and there are episodes. That was an EPISODE.
Locke & Key has remembered that it's meant to be a supernatural horror series, and delivers a tense, gripping episode that sinks its claws into you in the first scene, and doesn't lose its grip until the credits roll.
And, I think the reason for this episode being as strong as it was is quite simple.
There were no Savinis.
There were no irritating love interests.
There were no bumbling police chiefs.
The majority of the episode is laser-focused on the Lockes, Sam Lesser, and the mysterious Echo/Dodge/Well Lady/My Future Wife.
And, in what I believe is actually a first for this show... the Locke Kids managed to get through the whole episode, without doing anything stupid!
In fact, they all had at least one scene, that surprised and pleased me, with how they conducted themselves.
So, take a bow kids. There will be no idiot of the episode, this week.
The general plot for the episode is simple. After his breakout during last week's shocking finale, Sam Lesser arrives at Key House to retrieve one of the Keys. But which key does he want, and more important, why?
Along the way, much will be revealed. About the Lockes, about their departed father, about Dodge, and most of all about Sam Lesser, the dipshit whose ill-thought-out actions started all this off.
It very much feels like the point of this episode is to flesh out Sam's character. Up until this point he's been very much the boogie man of the series. Seen only in brief scenes, either waving a gun around in flashbacks, being creepy in school, or locked up in the present day.
But now, he's more than that. He's not just some plot point, a McGuffin in an Origin Story. He's a character all his own, with his own story, that I think was meant to elicit some measure of sympathy.
Can we really hate Sam, once we know his tragic past?
Do we not understand him a little more, once we see how he's been lied to so often, even by his friends, the Lockes?
Can we not forgive him, for falling for Dodge's charms?
No, we can't.
Dude is still a total tool. And a character thoroughly devoid of redeeming characteristics.
But here's the funny thing. While this episode does nothing to make me like Sam, it does use him as a plot device, to further a few character arcs for the Locke Kids. One scene in particular, between Sam and Tyler, is incredibly well played and features some really great acting from Connor Jessup.
Overall, a very strong episode, well written, and featuring some solid performances from all involved. The show feels like it's starting to unfold now as important information is slowly trickling out, and the end game is emerging. We got some very interesting lore regarding the magic of the Keys, some powerful character driven moments, and even a few pulse-quickening action scenes. Honestly, not really sure what more we could have asked for!
But now, the drama is concluded, the dust has settled and we have to ask ourselves... What will the price be, for this tumultuous evening?
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to find out!