Netflix’s Locke and Key – What’s the Difference?

published on July 2, 2020


The long awaited TV
adaptation of Locke and

Key has finally come to
fruition at Netflix

>> Aloha

>> And, according to the little Netflix
executive in our heads it's absolutely

binge worthy

>> You've watched six episodes already,
just let it ride, yeah, baby

>> The graphic novel series
ran from 2008 to 2013

It was illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
and penned by Joe Hill,

who continues his family's
legacy of generating nightmares

>> I'm proud of you, son


>> At face value, the adaptation
follows the comics very closely

Most of the changes can be boiled down
to Netflix's aim at a younger audience,

while also taking different narrative
paths to keep the fans guessing

>> The fans are going to love it and
you will too,

after I finish building this
Netflix shrine in your mind

>> So what do you say, Casey?

Shall we open up this adaptation and
poke around?

>> I think we better but
fair warning there are spoilers ahead

>> Hah!

>> It's time to ask what's the difference?

>> Season one pulls its arc primarily from
the first three volumes of the comics,

the Locke family suffers a tragedy when
the father Rendell Locke is murdered by

a troubled student

The family moves to Rendell's
ancestral home Keyhouse Manor,

where the Locke children discover magical
keys and an evil demon named Dodge who

terrorizes the family in search
of the mysterious Omega Key

>> It's still a story about grief and
loss, blending elements of horror and

fantasy with a dash of
mystery at the center

But the show removes the most
mature content from the books

The murder of Rendell Locke
is a perfect example

Rendell is shot through the eye,
Nina is violated by a second accomplice

Who later takes an axe to
the head while Tyler nearly

beats Sam to death with a brick

It's pretty icky

>> The show drops the sexual assault of
Nina, Rendell is shot through the stomach

and Nina clocks Sam over
the head with a hammer

>> I'd want to move after that

>> And so the family moves to Key House
Manor which in the show is located in

Matheson, Massachusetts

Well in the comic the town
is called Lovecraft

The town name in the comic of course
refers to the famous horror writer

HP Lovecraft, whose influence can be
found all over the comic book series

>> The town's name Matheson refers
to another of Joe Hill's heroes

Richard Matheson whose novels touch
on everything from haunted houses to

erotic ghosts


>> Hello there

>> The show generally features
the same characters but

the Locke family matriarch Nina
takes on a more investigative role

>> In her grief, she obsesses over
the why of her husband's death

looking into his past and
the mysterious deaths around town

>> We're still investigating Joe's death

>> It wasn't suicide

The show even invents a suspicious omega
mark shared by Rendell and his friends for

her to unravel

>> But Nina's main concern
in the comic is safety

She is mostly isolated in fear and
paranoia waiting for

her husband's murderer to return

Sure, she collaborates
with Detective Matuko but

he's the one trying to
solve the murder puzzle

Not like his Netflix counterpart

>> I don't want to sound dismissive,
but I've got to go with the evidence

>> What a useless bag of donuts

And while the show touches on Nina's
descent into alcoholism from the comic,

it adds a twist of irony by giving up
her sobriety Nina is able to retain

the magical events that otherwise would
have left her memory which is good for

investigation but
detrimental for her family

>> Kinsey and
her friends skew more pop culture nerd-

>> Wizard of Oz, Ninja Turtles

>> Rather than the punk
outcast from the comic

>> Take a hike San Francisco

>> Which opens the door for

some good old fashion teen hijinks
not at all present in the comic

Such as punishing the school bully

>> But

of course number one in
the bully department is Dodge

In both mediums Dodge is a corrupted
spirit from the past who escapes the Locke

well house and

uses violence and manipulation in
a Machiavellian quest for power

But the show gives her new abilities that
simultaneously make Dodge more powerful

and less imposing on one hand,
Netflix Dodge is

invulnerable to conventional weapons and
appears to have super strength

>> Hey whoa

>> Okay, stop rolling

Stop rolling, stop, aw, aw

>> But even with all that new power,

Netflix Dodge is unable to steal the key
from a member of the Locke family

>> You can't take them from us

>> Dodge has no such abilities or
restraints in the comic

Stealing, murdering, manipulating

Whether Dodge is a woman or a man,
he usually risks his or her own skin

>> Hey,
I don't know what the point now is?

>> Rendell Locke is dead

>> Season one unravels a present day
cover up that would not be possible in

the comics

It begins with the news of Rendell's death
and a man familiar to fans of the comic,

Mark Cho, who uses a key to destroy
himself along with his entire house

>> He was the most trustworthy of us all,

it made sense that he should know
where all the keys were hidden

That's why he killed himself so
no one could ever get inside his head

To protect the keys

>> None of that's in the book
since Mark Cho died back in 1988

And his friend Ellie couldn't be in on the
plan because adults don't remember magic

But that's pretty easy to change
with a quick line of dialogue

>> We found a way to remember

>> Magic

>> Speaking of magic,
let's talk about the keys

>> You love the keys

I do love the keys

>> Yeah I know you do

>> The majority of which make it
to the screen pretty faithfully

>> However the skin key and the gender key
from the comics are combined to create

the identity key in the show

>> And that's what you chose

>> The head key,

which is pivotal in both mediums has the
same ability but is presented differently

In the comic,
the top of one's head pops off and

materializes a miniature world full of
memories and anthropomorphized emotions

In the show however the key
opens a doorway into your mind

which is represented by
meticulously crafted sets

>> Am I just super high?

>> And since everything is life size,

the anthropomorphic feelings found
inside one's head pose morally

physical threat than their
miniature comic book counterparts

Speaking of size season one
does not include the giant key,

which plays a huge part in
the comic if you'll pardon my pun

Instead the show invents
the matchstick key and the mirror key

>> Mom

>> The mirror key traps one's
self in a reflective prison

It's a clever portrayal of
losing yourself in despair

>> Cody?

>> The matchstick key is
pretty self explanatory, but

its secret ability is to replace
the bloodier moments from the comic

For instance, Sam Lesser escapes prison
in the comic by introducing a guard's

eyeballs to a pair of scissors

>> Needless to say they did not care for
each other, but in the show wow, look,

whoa, look

It's magic

>> You're not going to make
me drink this alone, are you?

>> Regardless of whether you read
the comic, Netflix hopes to keep you in

the dark in their villain's full
scheme by changing Dodge's strategy

>> You have no idea what's coming

>> They even throw out a false lead
with Kinsey's friend, Zadie Wells

>> Could this be a reference to Zack
Wells, Dodge's alter ego in the comic?

>> By the end of the season,
it's revealed that Gabe is Dodge

By utilizing the identity key, the show
is able to combine the romantic triangle

between Kinsey, Scott and Gabe with Zack's
infiltration and seduction in the comic


>> Season one's climactic square
off between the Lockes and

Dodge's Army of Shadows is derived
from the comic's third volume


>> In the show, Dodge is defeated
all too easily by the Locke kids and

using the omega key they open
the mysterious door that corrupted Dodge

in the first place and throw her inside

(Sound) The season finale reveals that
it was Ellie who was tossed through

the door after Dodge changed her
appearance with the identity key

So rather than Ellie's gruesome demise
that occurs much later in the comic,

the show utilizes her end
as a bit of a misdirection

>> Didn't see that coming, did you?

>> It's a long while before the Omega
door is opened in the comics

Instead, Tyler uses the giant
key to defeat Dodge

Dodge simply just has to try, try again

>> Finally, the show sets up Season Two
arc that has the potential to

take the series into
a different direction

A demon escapes into Eve's body,
giving Dodge err, Gabe,

an ally in his quest for
dominion over the keys

>> While the comic does feature other
kids infected by the omega door,

it doesn't occur until the final book

So its possible the show has an altogether
different ending in mind for the series

>> Obviously Netflix hopes Locke and

Key will be another long running
hit like Stranger Things

>> Fans are going to love it

>> The show offers more
investigative opportunities for

our heroes to explore and
alters the villain's evil plan

>> Leaning into fantasy so that every
member of the family can watch and enjoy

>> Hey, kids,
it's me the Wizard of Netflix

>> Actually,
I think you've been in there long enough

>> Hey, hey, watch the suit

>> Let's just take you
>> Watch the suit

My second favorite suit

>> So what do you think of the changes?

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