If you are in the northern part of the world, we are in the dark year, the coldest evenings, when going outside seems like a fool’s errand and the most interesting work sinks our teeth into the mysterious, especially brutal, mysteries. , and revenge. Of course, YA fiction delivers.
Based on Jonathan Stroud’s adult spiritual novel, for Netflix Lockwood & Co. it brings the energy of a young house, which we need in the winter Hit the Block director Joe Cornish. As we have seen in the places where they tend to attack, the Cornish series also puts young people at the forefront of the threat, the best fighting chance we have against the evil forces.
Lockwood & Co. includes ghost shooting and several murder mysteries.
Netflix is building on the idea that young adults love spooky mysteries, boasting its latest YA detective series: guess what. The Irregulars or Enola Holmes.
Riding the coattails of long-time favorites, mystery solvers Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and the gang of Scooby-Doo, Lockwood & Co. joins a series of events that see teenagers thrown into adult research projects that require ass-kicking and a sprinkling of supernatural events.
Netflix’s ‘The Irregulars’ is a thrilling adventure inspired by Sherlock Holmes with a spooky twist.
Live in a world filled with “The Problem,” a global problem where ghosts can (and do kill) people by simply touching them, Lockwood & Co. joins the young psychic investigator Anthony Lockwood (Cameron Chapman), who runs his own hunting agency in London, fighting ghosts with his trusted friend George Karim (Ali Hadji-Heshmati).
When teenage magician Lucy Carlyle (Ruby Stokes) joins a small organization, the three work together on this magical Scooby Doo.(Opens in a new window). But Lockwood has masks in his closet (probably, literally), and Lucy’s powers may be greater than anyone can handle.
ghosts = evil
But why all the spirits? The show’s story is told in the opening credits through headlines: millions die from ghosts, curfews are imposed, “economic shocks” are taking place, and resources including iron, silver, and minerals are considered “our best possible defense.” Modern equipment has fallen dramatically, and electrical appliances have been in short supply. At this time, young people are found to be more sensitive to ghosts than adults and are trained in special schools to eradicate these “guests” from the world of the living. And with this land Cornish enjoys ample time to build.
Lockwood & Co. they build a world that wants ghost hunters.
Lockwood & Co. it is fully functional in world building within the world crisis. Based in the UK, the series features England’s historic retreats, classic pubs, country castles, and thatched cottages in the city’s best neighborhoods. It’s something The Irregulars it was also enjoyed, as the real streets of London are filled with true stories of murder and death, which makes it attractive for writers to write more ghost stories.
Being a series instead of a movie, Cornish is able to spend time on details, such as what happens in ghost hunting schools, different types of ghosts, electronic devices and tools necessary to fight against ghosts, why other industries such as iron are developed. , which ghost hunting organizations are the best.
But Cornish is also able to make the investigation of Lockwood, Lucy, and George multi-layered, connecting other mysteries that at first seem unrelated. Witcher side want.
Despite being at the forefront of the Challenge, the youth always despise the elders in the party as “less than,” refusing to give them any respect. “There’s no backbone, your generation,” says Saunders, the owner of a grave-digging company. But young people are very aware of their money, although they are under the supervision of the government Department of Psychical Research and Control (DEPRAC), a common authority, led by the great thinker Inspector Barnes (Ivanno Jeremiah).
“Honestly, adults don’t have a job,” says Lucy, to a senior customer. “Because of lack of interest. They just get in the way.”
However, as a director, Cornish has full faith in the young people that they are better equipped to deal with the impending doom than the jaded adults. Children in this reality are forced to grow up faster than they should, to have businesses, to be like real soldiers, to interrogate suspected criminals. It’s in their language, their manners, their wonderful Victorian decor. They use ancient technology to study evidence and contain magical objects in museum glass cases. Newspapers are used for job ads instead of websites, everyone uses ’80s cell phones instead of cell phones, and VHS tapes are still useful.
Hayley Konadu as Flo Bones
Lockwood & Co. it doesn’t just immerse the audience in the post-epidemic situation without dragging systemic inequality with it, however. Like the tales of a young British policeman The Irregulars and Enola Holmes, the series has a test of class at its core, luck and power still go hand in hand even though the world is filled with deadly ghosts (it never ends). Outcasts, bandits, and treasure hunters like Thames’ excellent Flo Bones (reality show played by Hayley Konadu) take advantage of the city life that makes it impossible, while wealth frees those in the most dangerous jobs.
Flo said: “We all live by dealing with the dead.” Slaves of the system controlled by the rich. At least I’m free.”
The cemetery is a business in itself, with newly created jobs including a night watch (“low wages, very low life in the business”) designed to keep visitors, and the ghostly apparitions are either people “too afraid to rape or too noble to don’t need it.” Although Lockwood calls his organization “the experts of mansions” – of course mansions in the country are not the only houses full of ghosts, but maybe the owners have a lot of money to tear them down.
Lockwood & Co. brings to life three ghost hunters.
At the heart of Lockwood & Co. it’s a well-known organization and only its employees: well-known owner Anthony Lockwood (Cameron Chapman), trusty 2IC George Karim (Ali Hadji-Heshmati), and newcomer Lucy Carlyle (Ruby Stokes). Within our original trio, there’s a bit of a Harry/Hermione/Ron dynamic, especially with the growing chemistry between Lucy and Lockwood and the talk of George’s third wheel. Within the walls of this institution, they are happily living with them, enjoying all the challenges that come with sharing a house: running into each other’s rooms in different areas without pants, toasting, or sitting around the kitchen table with cups. . of tea or beer bottles, writing thoughts on the tablecloth.
Ruby Stokes as Lucy Carlyle.
Haunted by her past and the ghosts that inhabit her head, Lucy is a complex, wonderful protagonist Ghost Whisperer(Opens in a new window) of the workers, and Stokes lets him wrestle with his growing powers and gives him a no-nonsense view of posh prices. Stokes takes on the daunting task of convincing audiences that it’s all in their heads, joining a long, brave TV tradition from Alyssa Milano’s Phoebe Halliwell. Treated to Allison Dubois for Patricia Arquette in The average. It’s not an easy feat, but Stokes delivers it with confidence, aided by his signature Cornish sound design. The Last of Us‘ “submissive practices.”
Ali Hadji-Heshmati as George Karim.
George and Dr. Lockwood’s Watson, his Rupert Giles, the group’s learned expert. Played with nerdy deadpan glee by Hadji-Heshmati, George discovers the answers and true power of Jonathan Creek. Meanwhile, their boss Lockwood, played by Chapman as a big businessman in the body of a teenager, is a mysterious young man of old money although he tries to look like he is not – “We owe George, I’m actually a serf.” Lockwood manages the series to match the long-standing trend of the audience: to keep the independent business of the protagonist open against all odds. But to make things interesting, the series plays the Mr. Rochester card, including the forbidden closed door in Lockwood’s second bedroom.
Cameron Chapman as Anthony Lockwood.
Lockwood & Co. it seems to inhabit the coming-of-age crowd, reimagining the horror scene for young adults in a way that would please another Wednesday Addams. One thing I would caution is that every part of the Lockwood & Co. they are involved in many dark causes of death, so they are very dangerous for young people. But released in the deepest, darkest winter months of the northern world, Lockwood & Co. It’s the kind of show that jobless adults can enjoy too: a magical detective story that involves magical powers and personal secrets to be revealed. Take a large cup and a blanket and settle into it.
Lockwood & Co. streaming on Netflix starting January 27.(Opens in a new window)(opens in a new tab)