Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Bates Motel: Quick Pilot Episode Review.
So tonight marked the world premiere of the new series "The Bates Motel" on A&E. I kept seeing ads for this,and was impressed that Vera Farmiga was cast in the roll as Norman Bate's mother. The trailers gave this really sort of creepy vibe and while I never expected it to be on par with Hitchcock's original. I still wanted it to be a good thriller.
Yes the following review may contain spoilers. You have been warned in case you care.
Norman Bates(Freddie Highmore) discovers his father's dead underneath a shelving unit that may have caused a few bruises, but didn't look that heavy to kill anyone. When he tells his mother about the death, she appears to be very calm about the whole thing.. Cut to a year later when mother and son move into a brand new home, and get the hotel that comes with it. On their first night, they meet up with a man(W. Earl Brown) who yells at them, and says that this is his home and that they shouldn't even be here. The next day while waiting for the bus, Norman meets up with a group of hot girls who decided for no freaking reason to take him in their car to school with them. Seriously ladies,what the fuck are you thinking. You hardly know this guy and your going to put him in your car and have one of your friends straddle him while you ride to school. Yes, a part of me was angry because shit like that never happened to me when I was at school ,and I doubt it happened to any of you either, so I'll quit bitching. The very same night the same girls ask if Norman can come studying with them. Mother of course disapproves , but Norman sneaks out anyways. Only to discover they have taken him to a party instead. Back at the house, Mother(her name is actually Norma,) gets attacked by the same guy who was yelling at them earlier. She is beaten,handcuffed to the table, and begins getting raped when Norman steps in and knocks him out. Norma tells her son to get some supplies to tie him up and while he's gone. She stabs the man dead. Now both mother and son have to work together to hide the body. While they are doing the clean up that the police show up and wouldn't you know. One of them has to use the bathroom where the body was just recently stored in the bathtub. Uh Oh! Whew, well that was a close call. I can't believe they got away with murder on the first episode. I didn't see that one coming. When they do drop the body into the river I was hooping for a quick homage to the first one and just have the body float for a minute before it actually sinks but it doesn't do that.
I really like Vera Farmiga because she brings life into a famous character that's never really had one before, and seeing her origins is really fascinating. Freddie Highmore is good as Norman and has many of the same little mannerisms that Anthony Perkins had when he was being the nice guy. This is suppose to be a prequel to the 1960 original because the house and hotel look like the ones from that feature. However with the use of cell phones, computers and other modern devices. It makes it look like a prequel to the Gus Van Sant Version instead. I will give this one at least two more episodes before I can fully judge it.