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Bates Motel 2.5 “The Escape Artist” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

After I posted my extremely laudatory review of last week’s episode of Bates Motel, I received a very interesting comment on Facebook from the veteran horror director and screenwriter Alan Ormsby.  (Among Ormsby’s screenplays: the excellent Deathdream and  Deranged, a film inspired by Ed Gein who, as any Psycho fan knows, also inspired Robert Bloch to first create Norman Bates.) In his comment, Ormsby pointed out something […]

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Bates Motel 2.4 “Check-Out” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

As this week’s episode of Bates Motel came to an end, my immediate response was to say: “Now, that’s what I’ve been talking about!” Much as Norman Bates could never quite decide if he was himself or if he was his mother, Bates Motel has always struggled with whether to fully embrace the over-the-top potential […]

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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 1.7 “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 1.4 “Trust Me” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Last night’s episode of Bates Motel might as well have been called “Norman Bates Gets Laid.” Oh sure, a few other things happened during the episode.  Norman hallucinated, Norma criticized, Deputy Shelby smiled blandly while thinking evil thoughts, a disembodied hand turned up, Dylan learned the truth about the man that Norman and Norma murdered […]

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Bates Motel Ep. 1.2 “Nice Town You Picked Here, Norma.” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Norman Bates has a brother? Wow, who would have guessed? That was the main addition that last night’s episode of Bates Motel provided to the Psycho mythology.  Played by Max Thierot (who was so good in last year’s underrated The House At The End of the Street), Dylan is Norman’s half-brother.  He was born when Norma was 17 years old […]

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Bates Motel Episode 1.1 “First You Dream, Then You Die” (Reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

When I was in high school, I once wrote a short story for my creative writing class.  The story was basically about me and my friends shopping at the mall and it was full of quirky observations and funny dialogue.  I had a lot of fun writing it and, when I read it aloud, both […]