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Bates Motel Season One: premieres 3/18/13 on A&E


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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   EricSchulz

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Posted March 11 2013 - 04:41 PM

iTunes had a six minute "teaser" to download free...I'm intrigued enough to at least check out the first episode....

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Posted March 22 2013 - 05:25 PM

Not as good as it should have been. I think the kid who plays Norman is interesting, but putting this in modern times is leading to a bunch of issues where the storyline just doesn't sell very well. I really disliked the attitude of "let's hide the body". If he was stopped in the middle of a rape, I can't figure out why they didn't just call the cops.

It seemed too contrived. I also don't like the use of the wayward brother who's hanging out in lala land.

 

This is one I will probably leave on my DVR and then just run through the whole season at once later.


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#3 of 15 ONLINE   Adam Lenhardt

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Posted March 22 2013 - 07:26 PM

Not as good as it should have been.

 

That about sums it up.

 

The recreation of Psycho production designer Robert Clatworthy and art director Joseph Hurley's sets for the motel and the house are a marvel. Certain shots, like the one facing the entry way from the top of those stairs, raise the neck hairs of our cultural memory.

 

But nothing designed original for the show shows any attempt at such acheivement. The Bates Motel of the film has been dumped into any undistinguished backwater in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Freddie Highmore is pitch perfect as Norman; if the show succeeds long term, he'll be the reason why. But the pieces around him just down seem to fit right. As you say, the contrivancies seem to quickly pile up.



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Posted March 25 2013 - 01:39 PM

Yeah, my biggest disappointment was that I didn't know it was taking place now, rather than in the 50's (if keeping with the timeline of the orginal movie).  Kind of a shock when I saw a smartphone being used!

 

Freddie Highmore is A) either doing a phenomonal impersonation of Anthony Perkins or B) has an uncanny resemblance regarding his voice and mannerisms.  LOVE him!

 

I'll see where it goes after a few episodes before deciding anything...



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Posted March 26 2013 - 01:14 PM

I predict a pretty quick cancellation for this. Although being a cable show they might give it more of a chance, but things aren't looking good.


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Posted April 02 2013 - 04:02 PM

Not sure who plays the sheriff but he sure looks alot like anthony perkins.



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Posted April 02 2013 - 04:16 PM

I'm not sure what they are hoping this to be...I was under the impression it was a prequel/backstory, but there are all these other stories being thrown into the mix making the whole thing kind of a muddled mess.

 

It's too bad, because I'm loving Freddie Highmore as Norman.


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Posted April 02 2013 - 05:45 PM

Yeah, Freddie Highmore is great.. but the storyline is all over the map


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#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Jeff Cooper

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Posted April 03 2013 - 08:15 AM

Not sure who plays the sheriff but he sure looks alot like anthony perkins.

 That's Nestor Carbonell, probably most recently best known for playing "Richard" on Lost, and The Mayor of Gotham City in the Christian Bale Batman movies.


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Posted April 03 2013 - 08:18 AM

Huh. In my head Carbonell looks nothing at all like Perkins. Has he been made to look radically different for this show?



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Posted April 14 2013 - 06:24 AM

This week's episode was pretty decent.  I REALLY wish they would delve deeper into the Norma/Norman relationship.



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Posted April 24 2013 - 04:25 AM

I've missed the last two; glad to hear it turned around.  It's on my DVR because Highmore is very good in this.. I'll put it in my weekend viewing


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Posted April 24 2013 - 10:13 PM

This has been renewed for season 2.I've been enjoying it.You can download the Asian Sex Ring girl diary off iBookstore. I have it, but have yet to look through it.I loved the line from this weeks episode, "The Truth"When Emma said to Norman, "I can't imagine the shock. the guy you were really into, turning into a monster."Wonder who she was really saying it to (or about) :)

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Posted April 25 2013 - 10:30 AM

You can download the Asian Sex Ring girl diary off iBookstore.I have it, but have yet to look through it.

 

Well, that's a little creepy... lol.


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Posted May 25 2013 - 12:56 PM

I finally had a chance to catch up and watch all of season 1.I thought it had a satisfying ending. Looking forward to season 2.

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