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BATES MOTEL-
« on: September 21, 2013, 09:07:40 PM »


Summary: The relationship between 17-year-old Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) and his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) is explored in this contemporary prequel to the movie "Psycho."
Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

On the surface, Bates Motel seems like a cheap idea motivated by the desire to cash in on the infamous Psycho name.
The show follows a young Norman Bates and his mother before the events of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. It's a series that shouldn't work, but it does due to the actors involved and the crisp writing overseen by Lost co-mastermind Carlton Cuse.
The show's first season, available now on Blu-ray, stars Freddie Highmore in the role made famous by Anthony Perkins. Highmore is brilliant at capturing Norman's lost young soul in a way we can both empathize with and, at the same time, become fascinated by. He's a very young actor, but he manages to capture the balance of innocence and hostility in Norman perfectly. He's very well cast and gives the show both its heart and its central horror. It's a lot of weight to be on the shoulders of such a young star, but he pulls it off.
The other central character to Bates Motel is Norma Bates portrayed by Vera Farmiga. We didn't get to see much of her in the Psycho movie, but here she is center stage. Farmiga captures the endless layers to her character and we almost feel like Norma could sustain, and deserves, her own prequel series.
You may be wondering how an entire series can revolve around just a boy and his mother owning a motel. Never fear. Cuse and company provide plenty of material including surrounding the Bates Motel with a very unusual and creepy town along with giving Norman a brother and a background story involving the death of his father. The story never feels stretched or inorganic.
Perhaps the most freeing creative decision the series makes is the biggest deviation from the Hitchcock universe. The show chooses to throw Norman into the modern day where we see everything from iPhones to new cars. The decision actually succeeds because it breaks the shackles the film would have held over the show. It's clear from the beginning that Cuse and company are not just making a prequel to Psycho. They are making a thrilling show about a lost boy and mother in a strange town inspired by Psycho.
Bates Motel is also one of the more thrilling shows on television. Perhaps it's the fact that Cuse is helping to run the series, but Motel expertly lays out its plots in the first six season-one episodes. The show always gives us just enough and holds just enough back. It's hard to imagine not watching Bates Motel all at once. It's made the way a suspenseful show should be.

*by ZACHARY LEEMAN- http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/09/15/Bates-Motel-Season-1-Blu-Ray-Review-Creepy-Revival-of-Psycho-Works


Norman Bates is a smart, quietly funny, handsome and sometimes shy seventeen-year-old boy with an intensely close bond to his mother. Norman is resistant to starting over in a new town, but begins to change his mind as he begins to spread his wings. We will see the young Norman's transformation into the iconic character depicted in Robert Block's novel, Psycho.


Norma Louise Bates is the resilient, intelligent, beautiful, complicated, mercurial and devoted mother of seventeen-year-old Norman Bates. A contemporary single mother, she is emotionally complex and utterly devoted to her son, constantly juggling her own needs and some hardcore baggage while trying to create a new home in a new town for herself and Norman.

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Re: BATES MOTEL-
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2013, 09:29:05 PM »
FUN FACt ABOUT ME AND BATES MOTEL.

Discover this series through my random searching on internet last july.
Upon watching the first episode, i found this series had its own dark and twisted plot (which im not a big fan of) and cannot help myself but kept watching it for unknown reason.  :sweatdrop: :sweatdrop: :sweatdrop:

even im not really a fan, i indeed recommend this series as it seem underrated but yet surprisingly worthwhile..




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