Directed by Mairzee Almas
Starring Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott, Petrice Jones, Griffin Gluck and Hallea Jones
We are still early on in the season of Locke And Key Season 2, but I kind of hoped that the plot would move on at a bit of a quicker pace. The relationships have been developing which is nice to watch, but I want something more interesting to happen with the main story. At the moment, there is no real danger for the Locke family to be concerned about, they are still trying to solve their own problems – how to remember magic after turning 18 years old.
ERIN HAS COME TO STAY IN KEYHOUSE IN LOCK And KEY SEASON 2
We begin with this episode 23 years in the past and we see what happened to Erin (Joy Tanner). Cut to the present day and Erin is now better and coming to live in the Locke house for a while. Erin recognises Duncan (Aaron Ashmore), who is incredibly frosty forwards her. Erin seems like quite a complex character who is very traumatised by what she has gone through. Erin wants the kids to stop using the keys, but they say no. I like this character and Joy Tanner does okay in this role. I just wish there was some more urgency in the character. She seems to be laid back, but there is no urgency in how she tries to convince the Locke children, she gives in way too easily.
CONNOR JESSUP PERFORMANCE NEEDS SOME IMPROVEMENT
We learn that Erin has been able to remember magic because she and a group of people made a special key. However, she firmly believed that she shouldn’t have created it. Tyler (Connor Jessup) is desperate for this key, so we can assume that we will see him looking for the key in the oncoming episodes. At the moment I’m not really enjoying Connor Jessup’s performance as Tyler. His character feels too one dimensional and he just comes across as really winey.
Also considering he is the oldest Locke sibling he comes across as quite immature. I haven’t really been enjoying watching this character at the moment. I hope Jessup’s performance improves and his character becomes more enjoyable to watch. His character has an interesting story going on, as he needs to find a way to remember magic but he has no drive to do anything. It feels like Tyler is just waiting for the answer to come to him, instead of looking for it himself.
DOES JOSH HAVE A BIGGER ROLE TO PLAY?
Nina (Darby Stanchfield) and Josh (Brendan Hines) go on a date in this episode, and it was nice to see how much these two characters share in common. I have been enjoying Brendan Hines as Josh. I do feel like this character has a bigger role to play during this season. He little glances to the camera, there feels like that there is a lot more to learn about this character. The strange mini Keyhouse he has felt like too weird of a coincidence. I’m interested to get to know this character better.
SCOTT AND KINSEY HAVE BETTER CHEMISTRY
The love triangle deepens in this episode. As mentioned in my previous review, I wonder if Gabe (Griffin Gluck) is starting to believe in his lie and is falling for Kinsey (Emilia Jones). It is obvious that he is getting jealous of Scott (Petrice Jones). However, Scott and Kinsey clearly have much better chemistry than Kinsey and Gabe. I found it interesting that after the fight between Scott and Gabe, Kinsey still didn’t even seem the least bothered that her boyfriend got hurt. Her immediate thought was that it wasn’t Scott’s fault.
We end this episode with Erin, wanting to give Duncan his memories of magic back. I hope in the next episode we get to see this process because I feel like it could be a very emotional moment. I don’t want the writers to just brush over this important plot point.
LOCKE AND KEY SEASON 2 SO FAR HAS BEEN HIT OR MISS, THE WRITING NEEDS TO IMPROVE
The writing has been really hit or miss in this episode. At times it feels really fake and just doesn’t flow. This episode was ok, I do feel there are some pacing issues. I want the plot to pick up and for the Locke children to get involved. I’m a little bored of watching Gabe and Eden (Hallea Jones) trying and failing to make a key. I understand that making a key is an important element of this season, especially with all the talk of a key on how to remember magic after the age of 18.
I had high hopes for this second season and at the moment, I feel really let down. I want the acting performances to be better and the writing needs some vast improvements. Each episode needs some more direction with the story. This third episode felt slow. The ending was interesting, but it felt like it took too long to get to that point. I hope the next episode is better.
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