Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Review: 'Bates Motel: Underwater'

'Bates Motel:Underwater,' 2013, Universal Television. Written by Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin. Directed by Tucker Gates. Starring Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore. Rated TV-14 for    suggestive dialogue, language, sexual situations,and violence. Airs 10.00 p.m. on Mondays on A&E. Or watch full episodes at http://www.aetv.com/bates-motel/.

 Following her discovery of Deputy Shelby's (Mike Vogel) dead (and autopsied) body in her bed, Norma (Vera Farmiga) decides she wants to move again, this time to one of the safest cities in the U.S. Norman (Freddie Highmore) likes his school -- he's getting straight A's in all his classes, and his teacher, Miss Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy), says she thinks a story he turned in should be published. So Norman doesn't want to move. 

Meanwhile, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) asks Dylan (Max Thieriot) for a favour: she wants to visit her father's old office to gather some of his things. This turns out to be a bigger favour than either of them thought, as Gil, Dylan's boss, doesn't want anything to do with Mr. Martin, nor does he want anyone messing around, perhaps finding out things they shouldn't. Gil is a dangerous man, so they will have to sneak into the office at night and hope no-one catches them. 

Juno, Norman's dog, has been stuffed now, and is a constant companion for Norman when he's in his room. This is a nice glimpse into the man Norman will become; another such glimpse is Norman's dream about drowning Bradley. Norman has a lot of anger in him, and he's not getting any help for it. The dream worries Dylan, who asks Norman if he would ever want to hurt anyone. Of course, Norman says no -- but wanting to hurt someone and being capable of it are two separate things. 

Norma continues to have problems with Jake Abernathy (Jere Burns); not only does she believe (correctly) that he's responsible for putting the dead man in her bed, but someone sends her flowers with a note saying, 'See you 
soon . . . ' -- which of course gives her the creeps, considering what she's been through. She also spots a car passing by the motel and suspects Abernathy. But the police don't have much to go on; all of Abernathy's information, which he provided Norma with when he rented a room at the motel, is false. 

There was one odd moment in this episode (which otherwise we were quite pleased with): Emma (Olivia Cooke) eats a weed-laced cupcake. With relish, we might add. It seems a bit out of character without some sort of lead-up. Perhaps she was feeling rebellious. 

The episode ended with Abernathy forcing Norma to promise to meet him and give him the $150,000.00 he thinks she got from Kevin Summers (Earl Brown). The season is coming to a close soon, and we suspect it will end on a cliff-hanger. Hopefully, the series will be renewed.  


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