Read EW.com’s ‘Bates Motel’ Season Finale Postmortem: What’s Next for Dylan …and the New Part of Norman ‘Psycho’ Fans Will Dig – SPOILERS!

Norma Bates: [voiceover in police custody, as Norman is thinking] It’s sad, when a mother has to speak the words that condemn her own son… in the end he intended to tell them I killed those girls and that man… as if I could do anything but just sit and stare, like one of his stuffed birds…  Let them see what kind of a person I am. I’m not even going to swat that fly. I hope they are watching… they’ll see. They’ll see and they’ll know, and they’ll say, “Why, she wouldn’t even harm a fly…”

(From Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, 1960)

 

Don’t read this until after you’ve watched the Season Two finale of “Bates Motel,” unless you want SPOILERS!

That final shot of this season of Bates Motel, an intentional homage to the last shot of Perkins sitting in a room at a different police station in the film Psycho, almost gave me a chill… like watching that scene in the movie does every time. Creepy, and a great season finale. If you were really into this season of Bates Motel, don’t forget to watch the after-show, “After Hours at the Bates Motel” (or it might be the other way around, but you get the idea). There are lots of cool interviews (Highmore is not the only British cast member), trivia (the actor who portrays Dylan, Max Thieriot , was unwise enough to challenge Kenny Johnson, the actor who played his father Caleb and longtime arm-wrestling champion ranked #3 in the entire US, to arm-wrestling*), and even the fairly entertaining gag reel from this season. A&E is re-running the finale and the after-show on Tuesday, I believe-check your local listings, or Comcast on Demand.

Here’s another piece from EW.com-– this one more of a “reaction piece”. Seems a lot of people were horrified by that kiss, among other things. It was a little uncomfortable, but they didn’t get that passionate (thank God) and only would have really creeped me out if it had gone on another second or so… or there was tongue.  Bleh.  Some fans seem more upset about that kiss than the fact that Dylan’s father is also his uncle.

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*I did have a good laugh in the episode this season where Norman, who looks like he weighs maybe a buck-fifty soaking wet, tried to overpower Kenny Johnson’s character Caleb and stab him. If Norman had somehow managed to best him in combat, I’m not sure if I could ever have taken the show seriously again.

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Read EW.com’s ‘Bates Motel’ Postmortem: Norman’s Memory, Dillon’s [SPOILER], and ‘Burning Flame’ Between Norma and Romero

What we initially thought was probably going to be a stupid show (early in the first season) has really gained momentum, and we’re no longer content DVR-ing and watching Bates Motel later, but watching it when it airs. Vera Famiga just keeps topping herself with her performance as Norma Bates (and the supporting cast aren’t too shabby either), giving what could have been a one-note character many facets (our hearts actually broke for her more than once in tonight’s episode). We’re actually rooting for her… even though we know how it’s all going to end.

“Nice Town You Picked, Norma…” Bates Motel Review (Ep. 102) From The A.V. Club (Major Spoilers)

“Nice Town You Picked, Norma…”  Bates Motel / TV Club/ The A.V. Club.

 

Check Out The Bates Motel TV Series Review (First Three Episodes, No Spoilers)- Dread Central

It’s going to take more for us to get over seeing Mrs. Bates talking on an iPhone, but the show is still better than we thought – and we’ll keep watching for now! Dread Central, however, says it better than us. Click the big red link below to check out their review.

Bates Motel (TV Series) Review – Dread Central.

 

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SXSW Review: Bates Motel – Contains Some Spoilers On The Pilot (Shock Till You Drop)

Well, we supposed reviews would be something like this. Depending on how much time on our hands we end with, we’ll probably give at least the premiere a shot.

Shock Till You Drop (one our favorite names for a horror site, and the site itself is pretty kick-ass too) has the scoop below-click on the big red link to check it out!

Bates Motel premieres on Monday, March 18 at 10PM on A&E.

SXSW Review: Bates Motel / Shock Till You Drop!

AND, the official A&E Bates Motel site has kind of a neat set-up where you can explore the rooms and unlock clips – as well as the episodes and schedule!

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