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.

TV Review: ‘Those Who Kill,’ ‘Bates Motel’ on A&E (Variety.com)

OK, so we’ll be skipping “Those Who Kill,” and watching Season Two of “Bates Motel” to see Vera Farmiga’s performance, which was the most entertaining thing about Season One. Seeing Kenny Johnson (who, as longtime super-fans of Shawn Ryan’s “The Shield, we’ll always remember as Curtis “Lemonhead” Lemansky, we’ll watch in anything*) as a new addition to the cast won’t hurt either, and there’s no possible way this can be as painful to sit through as the few episodes of the final season of Dexter that he played a federal agent in.  We still worry about Bates Motel fucking up the mythology of Norman and Norma Bates, though.  It wouldn’t have killed them to make it a period piece; so far nothing crucial to the plot or characters that required the show being set in the present.  Norma still encounters plenty of sexist bullshit while trying to run a hotel while being female, so it wouldn’t be THAT big of a difference.

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*Okay, my husband will watch Kenny Johnson in anything good, I’m the one who’ll watch him in anything because I’ve had a crush on him since 2006. Uh, have you seen that smile and those ARMS? Also, the last season and the last few episodes of Dexter were so bad that if I could go back and do it again, I’d just sit the whole thing out. It wasn’t worth the waste of my time no matter how sexy any guest star was. Make that the last two seasons. Sheesh.