Monday, May 16, 2016

TV Show Review: Bates Motel (Season 4)

Bates Motel concluded its fourth season tonight with more creepiness on the part of Norman Bates as he reels closer to the serial killer of the Psycho film series. Freddie Highmore as Norman and Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates are at the top of their game. Highmore is extra weird saying "Mother" and capturing the essence that Anthony Perkins captured so long ago under the direction of Alfred Hitchcock. 

This season saw some large changes and a big twist in the last two episodes so I don't recommend continued reading if you don't want spoilers for this season. Norman's mental status deteriorates much more rapidly in this season as his murder rate rises. Any woman that finds herself alone with Norman is in danger, even Norma. Sheriff Alex Romero played by the smoldering Nestor Carbonell has fallen for Norma and desperately wants to protect her from her insane son.

Overall the biggest twist was Norma's death as Norman flooded the house with carbon monoxide. The marriage pushed Norman over the edge and couldn't stand the thought of losing his mother. Even though she agreed to leave with him, he still decided to murder her and also attempted suicide. Romero saved Norman but didn't revive Norma in time. 

The other storylines have wound down with Dylan and Emma moving off though that could come back. Norman's brother Dylan, (Max Thieriot) and Emma (Olivia Cooke) had fallen in love as Emma recovered from her lung transplant surgery. This story looks to be concluding as the show nears a finale to the entire series, which could be season five. 

There are plenty of questions left like that guy from out in the woods who saw Norman pull up Norma's body from the grave, Sherrif Romero being persecuted by the DEA and Norman's complete breakdown. I managed to catch up on this show this year on Netflix and watch the new episodes on A&E. I would recommend this show for those who like strange murder mysteries and deeply complex characters. Carlton Cuse helped create Lost and he knows how to craft a story with the proper beats and cliffhangers.

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