Bates Motel

The Bates Motel – Season 2 Coming March 3rd

image I had my doubts we would ever see the second season of Bates Motel since it’s been 9 months from the last time we heard anything about Norman. But fear not, there is a new season and it should air on March 3rd, 2014. That’s about three weeks away and I’m looking forward to more antic from Norman and his crazy mother, Norma.

When we last left things it had all gone to hell. Norma was in the midst of some deranged payoff with Jake, but Sheriff Romero comes to save the day. Norman goes to the winter dance with Emma, but eyes keep lingering on Bradley, who is more than likely going to sleep with his brother. After a bit of a scuffled with the currently Bradley boyfriend, Norman ends up walking home, but gets a lift from his English teach Miss Watson. Oh the naughty things going on in Norman’s head and throw us all off his mother is there (or is she) telling him the situation needs correcting.

And we all know that doesn’t end well.

It’ll be good to catch up with the old gang and see what kind of fine mess they can get themselves into. Scary that Norman’s delinquent brother Dylan is the sane one in the family.

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Bates Motel – The Season Finale – S01E10

I just finished watching the last episode of the season and this is one mixed up family. They are so out of control there is no way they put the “fun” in dysfunctional. If you haven’t watched the season or the episode then you better look away now.

This episode was strange, awkward and a wee bit shocking. Not to mention the sexual elements that may or may not be hanging there. It’s the night of the Winter Formal and Emma has all but asked Norman to take her to the dance. We all know he really wants to take Bradley, but more than likely she’ll do something quite naughty with Norman’s brother Dillon before too much longer.

The night is off to a truly bad start as Norma decides to unload her life’s story and discuss her early days of being molested. On the night of the Winter Formal? Gadzooks mom!!!

But as soon as Emma appears, looking quite lovely by the way, Mom is all smiles and rainbows and says they need to go have a good time. Not only does mom interject herself into the night she all but destroys any chance of high school romance between these two. But of course, that was the plan all along.

The night goes poorly as Norman gets dumped by Emma because he can’t stop looking at Bradley and Norman takes a shot to the head by Bradley’s boyfriend because he can’t stop looking at Bradley. Norman isn’t subtle that’s for damn sure.

Walking home from the dance in the rain, Norman is picked up by his English teacher in her sassy Fiat 500. Oddly, she is wearing quite the revealing red dress and he makes no qualms about staring at her cleavage. Things are heading toward a newspaper headline of sexual scandal when Norman’s mother appears and shames him for staring at his teacher in the mirror of her bedroom as she undresses.

Next thing we know, Norman is running home and everything seems to be fine. Or is it?

This show is so uncomfortable it’s damn near funny. Norman has a thing for his mom as well as for Bradley. I think he’s actually torn over which one of them he wants to sleep with more. Emma is looking to have some experiences in her life and have some good times despite her condition. Too bad Norman won’t play along. Bradley felt sorry for Norman, or at least that’s the story she tells for why she slept with him, but oh there is so much more to that story. She plays coy, but she’s pulling strings to no end. And Norma can’t seem to have a decent relationship. The men she has sex with all end up dead. And it’s pretty obvious her relationship with Norman is a Psychological field day!

Honestly, I’m not sure what more they could throw into this show. We have Asian sex slaves, Oedipus complex, corrupt cops, a mysterious broker of human cargo, a massive drug cartel right in the middle of the city, a teacher who is perhaps one step away from becoming indecent with her student, several counts of murder and a hotel that people simply refuse to check into.

This show has it all! It’s creepy and it’s kooky. I think for something on A&E, this is pretty damn good back story. I hope there is another season coming. They really have the makings of something deliciously creepy here. Between this and Hannibal, I’m having fun.

Anyone else? Been watching Bates Motel? How do you think it went? Where do you think we’ll go from here?

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Bates Motel – The Series

imageHere’s another prequel featuring a very strange character we’ve all come to know. Welcome to the early childhood of Norman Bates, son of Norma Bates and awkward high school student who is somewhat starting his life over as he and his mother take over a hotel business in the aftermath of Norman’s father’s death.

Norman is just trying to fit in, but as we quickly see there is a lot of dysfunctionality going on in that family. It’s seems dad was a touch on the abusive side, Norman suffers from blackouts and can easily be thrown into an insane range when his mother is threatened. Not only is Norman the typical horny teen, he also seems to have a penchant for Manga and his mom. After finding a mysterious book under the carpet of a room they had to renovate to remove the bloodstains, Norman spends many hours going over the somewhat torture-porn tinged pages.

But wait, there’s more. We have Bradley who gives Norman a taste of that which he craves followed by a cold shoulder. We have Emma who’s willing to fill that void. We have cops who are versed at looking the other way when it comes to certain crimes and pot fields. And we have the estranged brother who has nothing kind to say about dear old mom, but is still willing to open fire to protect her. Oh yeah, Norman has seen some violence in his day.

And he seems to have gotten himself caught in the middle of some Asian Sex Slave ring and the mastermind wants to continue his business at the new hotel – if only he can find his special book.

This is a wild story that beginning to spin a pretty tricky web. This is another series where the same plot continues from episode to episode. Each one dugs us deeper into the muck and sheds light on all sorts of problems in Norman, his family and what is to come later.

This makes a fine partner to Hannibal. They are both working toward an end we already know and show the twisted path of what it takes to get there.It’s a pretty crazy ride if you’re willing to keep your eyes open.

Anyone else checking into the Bates Motel? What do you think so far? Do you think A&E has enough content to make a few seasons of this show?

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