Critical Condition: Bates Motel

Bates Motel (SoHo, 8.30 Wednesdays)

“The new season picks up some time after the fourth-season episodes, which climaxed with Norman killing Norma … Norman is nuts, and, as in Hitchcock’s movie, imagines that she’s still alive. And so we are treated to [Vera] Farmiga’s wonderful performance as a pushy, sarcastic, sexy, needy, and ferally strong woman imposing her will on her son. In [Freddie] Highmore’s equally impressive performance as an intelligent, polite, devious fellow, Norman has now fully surrendered to the mental illness that’s been nibbling away at his mind … Bring on more madness, and let’s hope Bates can sustain its wild ride until the whole series comes to a smashing conclusion!” — Yahoo TV.

“The way Norma is formally presented is truly impressive: Directed by Tucker Gates and written by Kerry Ehrin, the first two episodes highlight Norma’s unnerving presence with ethereal movement grounded only by Norman’s mind. How and when she appears is dictated specifically by his well-being, but his understanding of his mother conveys her sense of self clearly. There’s a still combative nature to their relationship, even if its motivations are slightly tweaked to fit Norman’s views of his mother.” — IndieWire.

“In its fifth and final season, Psycho prequel series Bates Motel will finally catch up with the timeline of its cinematic precursor. What the show’s creators choose to keep or change from the original film looks to be half the fun of this season, making it especially exciting for fans of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 seminal masterpiece and grandfather of the slasher genre.” — We Got This Covered.

“In this final season, the show seems better focused because now all the plots feature Norman at the centre. Sheriff Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell) seeks revenge on Norman for Norma’s death. Norman’s half-brother Dylan (Max Theriot), now married, is intent on avoiding Norman. And a new woman in town makes the mistake of taking an interest in Norman, who gets tangled up in her faltering marriage.” — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“This final incarnation of Bates Motel still has all the strengths of the earlier years, but now with a real sense of shape and purpose. It definitely benefits from the amount of time we’ve spent with these characters — Romero in particular was a satisfying peel of the onion that now makes him a worthy antagonist for Norman — even as they make the rambling quality of the prior seasons feel even more frustrating in hindsight.” — UPROXX.

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One Response to “Critical Condition: Bates Motel”

  1. It’s good that seasons 1-4 of Bates Motel are also on Netflix, it’s an excellent show :)

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