Locke and Key - Netflix
I've been looking forward to this series for about ten years after reading the comic, so suffice to say I was pretty, pretty hyped for it to premier on Netflix yesterday. I've only watched one episode because the series is such a favorite I just really don't want to rush through it and then be waiting for more. Same reason I haven't watched the new season of the Expanse, yet. It's like a fine wine that you anticipate opening.
First episode (no spoilers) was very good, in my incredibly biased opinion. I was ready to hate it from anticipointment, and I definitely did not. It's great that Joe Hill was involved with writing it for television. (Also co-written by some guy named Aron.) Up front, I gotta say this will never be as good as the comic, because the nature of sequential art just allows for different pacing and visual transitions, and Gabriel Rodriguez did some amazing things in that series.
This first episode effectively introduces all of the major characters that will be involved in the story and, more importantly, juggles pretty well all the different tones that the story hits. It balances teenage drama, little kid adventure, family in crisis, and horror elements, and I think the script and cinematography in this first episode effectively delivered on all of them.
I'm really struggling to write a review because I don't want to spoil stuff or rant about the minute and major differences in the adaptation, so I'll just cut this off by saying WATCH THIS SHOW, or maybe just buy the comic, and then come back and discuss it, lol.