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The Arrow Reviews: Bates Motel Episode #6

Apr. 23, 2013by: The Arrow

EPISODE 6: The Truth. 

CHECKING IN: Shelby’s (Mike Vogel) dark little secret catches up with him while we learn a new “truth” as to Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) past.

THE ROOM: Holy meatballs Batman! Talk about a game changer! After Episode 5, I knew that things were gonna go buck-nuts at the cozy getaway that is Bates Motel, but I didn’t think it would be… well… so final in terms of the Shelby subplot. I have mixed feelings about how they went about it to be frank (or Tony, hey-ho). The manner in which the chain of events unraveled was nail biting and fairly emotionally charged to say the least. I was literally on the edge of my seat during this Episode, somewhat conflicted as to whom to root for. On one end, I dig the Bates clan, but on the other I had an affinity for the Shelby character too. Yeah I know, he had a thing for Asian sex slaves, but a man’s got to have a hobby right? Who am I to condemn the dude? All kidding aside, even with the skeleton in his closet, Shelby made for a compelling character. I believed he was genuinely in love with Norma and that he wanted to turn a new leaf. I was rooting for him to leave the bad stuff behind him and walk into the sunset with his lass. No dice!  I am in mourning…

As for the truth that was revealed at the end of the episode, well I called it in my review of Episode 4, so I can’t say it was much of a shocker for me. With that, the revelation slyly changed the dynamic at hand here. Dylan (Max Theriot) has an all new respect for Norma (Vera Farminga), they’re on the same side as of now and I anticipate that the point of focus in future episodes will be Norman’s mental "problemo" and Norma and Dylan covering up for him. Oh, and the sex trade subplot? It’s not over in my opinion, too many loose ends. I expect them to build on it further. Maybe we’ll find out more about the WHY behind Shelby’s actions! I hope so!

On a random note; I like that this show is creating its own back-story in terms of the iconic Norman Bates character, hence playing with my expectations. Actually as of this Episode, I’ve separated Bates Motel the TV show from the PSYCHO franchise. They are two different realities, kind of like parallel alternate universes. The Norman in the films had his own back-story in PSYCHO 4: THE BEGINNING (which I so need to see again). This Norma and Norman are playing their own zany ball game. I am not sure why it took me so long to make that split, but after a Walter Hill type shoot-out going down in the Psycho house in this Episode (awesome action scene by the way, had me by the couillons); they have finally become two different animals to me.

In closing, although I am saddened that the Shelby subplot is now over, I am anxious to see where the show will go next! If you think about things logically, after EVERYTHING that’s happened, Norma should pack her bags and her son (s) and get the f*ck out of dodge. I mean it’s ridiculous! They just moved there and look at all the drama they’ve been through already! Take a hint and book the hell out! But we all know that won’t happen. Yes this show can almost be called Norman’s Creek by way of Twin Peaks and I am okay with that. I am more than willing to suspend disbelief to keep having a blast with this highly entertaining, moody and incredibly well acted show every Tuesday! I’m not checking out anytime soon! Are you?

RANDOM THOUGHTS: I loved how manipulative Norma got with Emma. Recognizing her need for a mother and playing on that to cover her and Norman’s ass. That was a strong moment.

Speaking of Emma, did you know the character has a blog that you can follow it HERE! She talks about her feelings as to what is happening in her life.

Hottie Bradley Martin dead or not? I said she was last time but just changed my mind. If she’s not dead, which would make sense for the show to have more juice moving forward, she will be sooner or later. What do you think?

A heads up to Mike Vogel fans. He is one of the leads in the upcoming TV Stephen King adaptation UNDER THE DOME which will premiere on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 10PM on CBS. Just an FYI.

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1:05PM on 04/23/2013

Fun episode.

This episode was very white-knuckled. Tense and sharp. I do agree that the whole subplot coming to an end so soon is odd, but how much longer could they drag that one out with Norman on the heels of it and Emma chomping at the bit to get more? The aspect of Dylan and Norma's relationship going under construction may be a part of what this show needs, as long as he still remains somewhat defiant against her still crazy antics.

I don't know what to think of Bradley now. After last week
This episode was very white-knuckled. Tense and sharp. I do agree that the whole subplot coming to an end so soon is odd, but how much longer could they drag that one out with Norman on the heels of it and Emma chomping at the bit to get more? The aspect of Dylan and Norma's relationship going under construction may be a part of what this show needs, as long as he still remains somewhat defiant against her still crazy antics.

I don't know what to think of Bradley now. After last week everyone had me convinced she was dead, but this episode there wasn't even a whisper. I'll forgive that just because the fact this episode seemed to cover somewhere between a 12 hour to 24 hour period.
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1:10PM on 04/23/2013

Fun episode.

This episode was very white-knuckled. Tense and sharp. I do agree that the whole subplot coming to an end so soon is odd, but how much longer could they drag that one out with Norman on the heels of it and Emma chomping at the bit to get more? The aspect of Dylan and Norma's relationship going under construction may be a part of what this show needs, as long as he still remains somewhat defiant against her still crazy antics.

I don't know what to think of Bradley now. After last week
This episode was very white-knuckled. Tense and sharp. I do agree that the whole subplot coming to an end so soon is odd, but how much longer could they drag that one out with Norman on the heels of it and Emma chomping at the bit to get more? The aspect of Dylan and Norma's relationship going under construction may be a part of what this show needs, as long as he still remains somewhat defiant against her still crazy antics.

I don't know what to think of Bradley now. After last week everyone had me convinced she was dead, but this episode there wasn't even a whisper. I'll forgive that just because the fact this episode seemed to cover somewhere between a 12 hour to 24 hour period.
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2:51PM on 04/23/2013
My theory on Bradley: It was a one night stand for her, Norman will want more and it will get weird, until he kills her. OR, Norma will get jealous of Bradley and kill her herself. I opt for theory number 1 the most, but with this show, who knows!
My theory on Bradley: It was a one night stand for her, Norman will want more and it will get weird, until he kills her. OR, Norma will get jealous of Bradley and kill her herself. I opt for theory number 1 the most, but with this show, who knows!
1:52PM on 04/23/2013
One of my favourite new shows on television. It's utterly brilliant :D

I will say that Emma is actually becoming my favourite character.
One of my favourite new shows on television. It's utterly brilliant :D

I will say that Emma is actually becoming my favourite character.
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3:08PM on 04/23/2013
This has turned out to be a very solid show that is fast paced and full of action. I mean we all know what Norman turns into and we didn't need 3 or 4 seasons to get there.
This has turned out to be a very solid show that is fast paced and full of action. I mean we all know what Norman turns into and we didn't need 3 or 4 seasons to get there.
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3:11PM on 04/23/2013
Sorry double post. It wasn't showing up on my phone.
Sorry double post. It wasn't showing up on my phone.
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3:11PM on 04/23/2013
I think that a prequel like this where the movie is a Hollywood legend, you have to change things up in a way. Not to mess with the character or Hitchock's version but to keep the newer younger viewers interested.
I think that a prequel like this where the movie is a Hollywood legend, you have to change things up in a way. Not to mess with the character or Hitchock's version but to keep the newer younger viewers interested.
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9:06PM on 04/23/2013

Great tv

Loving this series. Episode 6 was one of the best hourlongs I've seen from any series this year.
Loving this series. Episode 6 was one of the best hourlongs I've seen from any series this year.
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8:37AM on 04/24/2013
Definitely bummed Vogel is out. I thought it was a little cheesy how he finds out his Asian sex slave is staying in the motel. Norma couldn't have come up with a decent lie while they were in the room getting it on? She's been a pretty good bullshitter up until this point. The girl answers the door? She was basically a motionless zombie when Norma last checked in on her earlier. Oh well, Still another great episode and I guess all good things have to come to an end right? It's all cool Vogel
Definitely bummed Vogel is out. I thought it was a little cheesy how he finds out his Asian sex slave is staying in the motel. Norma couldn't have come up with a decent lie while they were in the room getting it on? She's been a pretty good bullshitter up until this point. The girl answers the door? She was basically a motionless zombie when Norma last checked in on her earlier. Oh well, Still another great episode and I guess all good things have to come to an end right? It's all cool Vogel will be a lead in Under the Dome. I'll definitely be checking that one out because of him. You called the ''Norman killed his dad'' angle some reviews ago so I wasn't surprised at the revelation here. Things are now all setup nicely for Norman to start being Norman so to speak.
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3:21PM on 04/24/2013
For a show I thought would be pretty drab and pedestrian at best this is a show I look forward to every week. I cannot heap enough praise on the Farmiga (though the rest of the cast is also great).
As for Bradley, I agree could go either way. But there's already hints what Norman thinks happened may not actually have occured that way (unless Norma is fucking with him) so maybe it didn't happen at all? Also could it actually have been Norman that killed Summers and blamed it on his Mother -
For a show I thought would be pretty drab and pedestrian at best this is a show I look forward to every week. I cannot heap enough praise on the Farmiga (though the rest of the cast is also great).
As for Bradley, I agree could go either way. But there's already hints what Norman thinks happened may not actually have occured that way (unless Norma is fucking with him) so maybe it didn't happen at all? Also could it actually have been Norman that killed Summers and blamed it on his Mother - fits with the movie lore of "Mother" commiting the crimes. Either way works and I wouldn't be too shocked. Glad to know I'm definately getting a season 2.
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