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Bates Motel 2.2 “Shadow of a Doubt” (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

I have to commend Bates Motel for directly referencing Alfred Hitchcock with the title of its latest episode.  Shadow of a Doubt is not only one of Hitchcock’s finest films but it’s also one that shares quite a few themes in common with Bates Motel.  Like Bates Motel, Shadow of a Doubt deals with  the way an outwardly placid surface can […]

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Bates Motel 2.1 “Gone But Not Forgotten” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Bates Motel is back! During its first season, Bates Motel became something of an obsession for me.  I started out skeptical that a television series that also doubled as a prequel Psycho was a good or even doable idea.  As I watched the wildly uneven first few episodes, I was occasionally intrigued and often frustrated. […]

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Bates Motel 1.10 “Midnight” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

(Have you seen this episode yet?  If not, you might not want to read this review.  Spoiler warning!) Well, we all knew that was going to happen, didn’t we? To recap: During last night’s episode of Bates Motel , Norman (Freddie Highmore) asked Emma (Oliva Cooke) to attend a school dance with him.  Emma bought […]

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Bates Motel 1.9 “Underwater” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

This week’s episode of Bates Motel was all about marijuana. No sooner has Norma  (Vera Farmiga) recovered from finding the decaying corpse of Deputy Shelby in her bed then she’s having to deal with the hippies openly smoking weed out on the motel’s porch.  Now, I have to admit that some of my best friends […]

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Bates Motel 1.8 “A Boy and His Dog” (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Last night’s episode of Bates Motel featured Norma (Vera Farmiga) trying to flirt her way to prosperity and out of trouble, Norman (Freddie Highmore) dealing with a therapist, Emma’s Dad (Ian Hart) waxing poetic about taxidermy, Dylan (Max Thieriot) pulling a gun on a pushy hippie, and Jake (Jere Burns) being brilliantly sleazy.  It was a […]

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Bates Motel 1.7 “The Man In Number 9” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Really, Bates Motel? After all that build-up and all the dramatic cliffhangers, that’s how you resolve the Deputy Shelby subplot? Last week’s episode of Bates Motel ended with the evil Deputy Shelby (Mike Vogel) getting shot by Dylan (Max Thieriot) and ending up lying dead at the feet of Norma (Vera Farmiga) and Norman (Freddie […]

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Bates Motel 1.6 “The Truth” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

(Warning: Spoilers Ahead) Ever since Bates Motel began, one of the central questions has been just who was responsible for the death of Norman’s father.  The implication from the start was that Norma (Vera Farmiga) was responsible.  After all, the series began with Norman (Freddie Highmore) finding his father’s body and Norma responding rather calmly […]