Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Review: 'Bates Motel: What's Wrong with Norman'

'Bates Motel: What's Wrong with Norman,' 2013, Universal Television. Written by Jeff Wadlow. Directed by Paul Edwards. Starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. Rated TV-14 for suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations, and violence. Airs 10.00 p.m. EST Mondays on A&E. Or watch full episodes at http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/. 

Things are heating up for Norman (Freddie Highmore) and his mother (Vera Farmiga) as the police get a search warrant for their house. The police find the victim's belt in Norman's room; he was keeping it as a souvenir for reasons he can't explain. (One of the first clues we get that Norman isn't normal.) 

Norman keeps busy helping Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke) find out what happened to the girl in the book Norman has. He also passes out in class, for unknown reasons. He's having disturbing thoughts about his teacher (Keegan Connor Tracy) and can't remember coming at his half-brother (Max Thierot) with a meat tenderiser. He is slowly discovering, as we are, that something is very wrong. 

Norma, meanwhile, makes a dinner date with Deputy Zack Shelby (Mike Vogel)  in an attempt to smooth things over on the belt front. Norman doesn't like this, and he has an hallucination in which his mother tells him to find the belt,  which Shelby has hidden somewhere. What he finds instead is quite the revelation. 


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