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The Arrow Reviews: Bates Motel, Episode #5

Apr. 16, 2013by: The Arrow
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EPISODE 5: Ocean View.

CHECKING IN: Norma (Vera Farmiga) is in jail; Norman (Freddie Highmore) and Emma (Olivia Cooke) see their investigation into the sex-slave thing come to fruition while Dylans (Max Theriot) foray into the criminal world has its first true hick-up

THE ROOM: And it erupts! For four episodes the happenings in BATES MOTEL have been boiling and in this Episode 5 it overflowed to gripping results! Am really digging the contrast that comes with Fred Vogels character of Deputy Shelby and it was jacked up to a higher level here at the end of the episode. I mean the dude obviously genuinely cares for Norma, put his ass on the line to help her out, hence upping my sympathy factor for him, but yet, at the end something sinister was confirmed about him, and it threw me for a loop the loop. I knew it was coming but was hoping that the show was messing with me and that I was wrong. No dice! I cant wait to see where theyre going to go with this sordid plot line come the next episode! How the hell is pretty boy Deputy going to justify that shite to Norma? Put your best pimp hat on and slap on primo cologne Shelby, youre gonna need it to wiggle out of this one!

Moreover on this round, Norma showed us more of her true wacked out colors. Up to this point, Ive liked Norma, yeah shes neurotic and yeah shes a little too close to her son for comfort, but she seemed like a good person, trying to do the right thing with the limited toolbox that she has. She's also damn hot! But in this episode the coo-coo was out of the nest and I turned on her (Vera Farmiga is constantly fantastic in the role, had to say it again). Talk about a selfish and emotionally manipulative bitch! I couldnt believe how she treated Norman, who on his end just wanted to support her. Norma will only get worse from here on end, till Norman snaps that is and... we know the rest.

The direction the Dylan and Norman relationship went greased me right as well. That scene with them on the motorcycle (backed up my a sweet score) and Normans glowing face, enjoying the moment (obviously his first time on a bike) was touching to say the least. Sadly, this will go to shits. Norman is stuck in the middle between Dylan and his Momma and as per the convo both brothers had, we all know that when he will be forced to choose one side or the other, Dylan will get the axe (and I say Norma will do it), in my opinion of course. Am just talking here. Big props to Max Theriot BTW, his perfomance here was bang on, he conveyed the nuances that his chacater now has to a T. Good for him!

On the flip side, am still sticking to what I have been saying in my past Bates Motel reviews; theres too much CRAZY drama going on in this show and now I can also say that its unravelling maybe a little too fast for its own good. I would milk the varied plot lines a bit more, build on them further before letting them reach their curves, but thats just me. Am just scared that the show will lose the momentum it has and possibly enter a ludicrous zone in terms of how many bad things can happen to a small group of people in one freaking town?! Maybe I just need to re-wire my brain, Ive never been one to watch soap operas, so am not in the groove of that format of storytelling, clearly Bates Motel is ALL ABOUT that jive. Am working on it...

With that, I gotta to give it to the show so far, I am fully invested in the characters (Freddie Highmore is truly amazing as Norman Bates, I am really attached to him), the situations and I mucho care about whats going to happen next. It also still manages to suprise me (all about the BANG/SPLAT Dylan witnessed) which is always swell! I look forward to Bates Motel every week! Alas, this may be my last quasi review of the show (not really reviews, just me talking about what went down and giving my two cents), the shares and comments are low on these, so I may cancel the column. How this one does will define that! Well see! Either way, till next Tuesday Bates Motel! Get my room ready! I am here to stay!

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Why wont Bradley (the girl Norman bedded) answer his calls/texts? My theory: Norman killed Bradley, shes dead. Anybody with me on that?

Check out the promo for next week's episode THE TRUTH here!

You know the BATES MOTEL site Norma was looking at in this episode? Its actually online HERE!

RATING ON 10

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3:35PM on 04/16/2013

I will drown a basketfull of kittens if you stop doing your Bates Motel Writeups

It was your review of the first episode that actually got me interested in watching the show. (not a big fan of remakes and prequels). I look forward to reading your take on the episodes each week Arrow. They go hand in hand with the show for me at this point. Stopping the article would make the Bates Motel ride a lot less fun! Please carry on!
It was your review of the first episode that actually got me interested in watching the show. (not a big fan of remakes and prequels). I look forward to reading your take on the episodes each week Arrow. They go hand in hand with the show for me at this point. Stopping the article would make the Bates Motel ride a lot less fun! Please carry on!
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1:40PM on 04/16/2013
Great review. I thought the whole first season would be about Keith summers disappearance and Norma would get arrested on the season finale. They have balls having it happen so early.

Great review. I thought the whole first season would be about Keith summers disappearance and Norma would get arrested on the season finale. They have balls having it happen so early.

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1:39PM on 04/16/2013

By all means...

Don't cancel this column, as I looked forward to seeing a different perspective on one of the few television shows I like (this and Hannibal are the only current shows I watch). Please, though, fix the grammar, guy. I don't think I've seen so many sentences outside of Twitter, Facebook, SMS messaging, or blogs that have started with "Am" instead of "I am" and there's numerous others. I'm just the douche with that I guess. BUT TO GET BACK TO THE POSITIVE, don't give up on these reviews, guy.
Don't cancel this column, as I looked forward to seeing a different perspective on one of the few television shows I like (this and Hannibal are the only current shows I watch). Please, though, fix the grammar, guy. I don't think I've seen so many sentences outside of Twitter, Facebook, SMS messaging, or blogs that have started with "Am" instead of "I am" and there's numerous others. I'm just the douche with that I guess. BUT TO GET BACK TO THE POSITIVE, don't give up on these reviews, guy. We're here, we're reading them, we're just as intrigued as you are. I hadn't thought of the Bradley being dead ordeal, but it would sure make for something interesting. And I also agree, and have the past couple of episodes that they're going to write and direct themselves into a corner and they're going to have to try harder to get themselves back out. Already having another season approved leaves me dumbfounded, not because the quality of the show, but because there's so much going on that, like I said, they're going to lose themselves in to "cancellation" territory.

Keep writing these, just write better!
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1:15PM on 04/16/2013

Don't cancel the column #4

The show is great and you should continue to give your thoughts on the series. I love how the characters have been fleshed out thus far, Norman Bates is one of those characters whose fate you know but you're liking so much you're hoping he goes a different way. But we all know he wont, I dig dynamics like that. They may be going all out too soon, let's just hope they have more gas left in the tank.
The show is great and you should continue to give your thoughts on the series. I love how the characters have been fleshed out thus far, Norman Bates is one of those characters whose fate you know but you're liking so much you're hoping he goes a different way. But we all know he wont, I dig dynamics like that. They may be going all out too soon, let's just hope they have more gas left in the tank.
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12:59PM on 04/16/2013

Dont cancel the colum yo!

I look forward to your thoughts each week on this show. I don't think Bradley is dead, I think she's just a slutty girl going through a rough time who found comfort in an unsuspecting Norman who will now get attached only to find out he was a used by her. This will end badly for Bradley.
I look forward to your thoughts each week on this show. I don't think Bradley is dead, I think she's just a slutty girl going through a rough time who found comfort in an unsuspecting Norman who will now get attached only to find out he was a used by her. This will end badly for Bradley.
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12:57PM on 04/16/2013

Don't cancel this homie.

I think this show is great. My Mondays have been kicking ass with wrestling, The Following and Bates Motel. I do agree that there is a good chance Norm offed Bradley. But sadly I feel as if there is also a chance of a downward spiral in Norman's high school life which may be a result in a whole making fun of Norman situation. Hopefully she's been killed though. haha. I'd rather see that then writers venturing into Carrie territory. As for cancelling the article, I hope you don't. I
I think this show is great. My Mondays have been kicking ass with wrestling, The Following and Bates Motel. I do agree that there is a good chance Norm offed Bradley. But sadly I feel as if there is also a chance of a downward spiral in Norman's high school life which may be a result in a whole making fun of Norman situation. Hopefully she's been killed though. haha. I'd rather see that then writers venturing into Carrie territory. As for cancelling the article, I hope you don't. I enjoy reading this weekly and think it's cool to review a show. It gives this series a special appeal worthy of this site. Makes the show standout like the Walking Dead articles.
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11:59AM on 04/16/2013

Hey

Don't cancel the column, dude. I enjoyed reading what you write every week after watching the episode myself. I agree that too much shit is happening so fast but I'm enjoying it still nonetheless. I agree with you, whether Norman did it or not, I think Bradley is dead...or tied up somewhere. haha.
Don't cancel the column, dude. I enjoyed reading what you write every week after watching the episode myself. I agree that too much shit is happening so fast but I'm enjoying it still nonetheless. I agree with you, whether Norman did it or not, I think Bradley is dead...or tied up somewhere. haha.
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