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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 2.3 “Caleb” (reviewed by Lisa Marie Bowman)

Well, that’s certainly icky. Regardless of whatever else may have happened on this week’s episode of Bates Motel, it will always be remembered as the episode where things got even ickier than before. I’m talking, of course, about the revelation that Dylan’s (Max Thieriot) father also happens to be his uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson).  I have to […]

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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 1.7 “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 […]

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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 […]