[tps_title]#10: BATES MOTEL (Season 1)[/tps_title]
“This is crazy, Mom”
Some might recognize young “Psycho” Freddie Highmore from the 2005 remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s more likely, however, that you don’t. It’s a vast disparity between the young, kind-hearted Charlie Bucket and mama’s boy Norman Bates. If looks could kill (and at this point we’re not exactly sure), Highmore’s scary thousand-mile stares are certainly up for the contest…
The premise of Bates Motel is one that shouldn’t work, but does. The acting on the show is one of many great things it has going for it. Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) and Freddie both nail the odd, creepy, yet loving mother-son relationship. A great addition to the dynamic is Norman’s brother Dylan, played by a wonderful Max Theriot. Dylan Massett is the exact opposite of Norman and Norma – a rough “bad boy” on the outside, but a good-hearted, loving and protective brother and son on the inside. The character serves as the moral center of the show, often (hilariously) calling his family out on their weird behavior. I’m not exaggerating when I say he might be the only completely sane character on the show, which is where Bates Motel loses some points. It’s established early on that underneath the pretty facade, the town of White Pine Bay is run by all kinds of baddies (huh, metaphor), but, frankly, it feels like too much, too soon. That being said, Bates Motel’s highly dramatized storytelling is an important part of the show, and it still makes for a thrilling and entertaining watch. The loving hugs of female companions have saved Norman from psyching out so far, but we all know they won’t for long.