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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.10 “The Cord” (Series Finale)
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 10: “The Cord” (Series Finale)
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017, 10pm

Many of my favorite shows have sputtered to the finish making their final episodes something of a mercy kill. But not Bates Motel. Sometimes TV series hit the climax early and the final season just doesn’t have that special magic it once had. Not Bates Motel. No, Bates Motel is that rare exception: a series that like a fine wine got better with age. That makes tonight’s series finale even more upsetting. Over its five seasons the creators of the show somehow did something unthinkable: they took an untouchable classic (Psycho), by one of the legendary filmmakers of all time, and made it new, fresh, and dare I say… at times, better. At the forefront of the success are the duo of Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as Norma and Norman Bates. Farmiga was perfectly overbearing and overprotective as “Mother”; neurotic to a fault and yet through it all, a loving and devoted matriarch. Highmore is a revelation. This season he has co-written episodes, directed, and delivered an unnerving and consistently moving performance, one that deserves to be recognized with an Emmy nomination. He stepped into perhaps the most iconic role in horror history and created a new and altogether different Norman than Anthony Perkins did for Alfred Hitchcock back in 1960. Tonight, Norma and Norman have a final ride as the Bates Motel shuts down for good.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.9 “Visiting Hours”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 9: “Visiting Hours”
Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi
Written by Scott Kosar
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Ryan Hurst, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017, 10pm

We arrive at the penultimate episode of A&E’s Bates Motel, what has become one of my favorite shows on television. As excited as Bates fans are for the conclusion to Norman’s saga, one can’t escape this bittersweet feeling.

Warning! Spoilers below for Bates Motel!

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.6 “Marion”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 6: “Marion”
Directed by Philo Abraham
Written by Carlton Cuse & Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Ryan Hurst, Rihanna, Austin Nichols, Isabelle McNally
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 27th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

Approaching the series finale of A&E’s Bates Motel, we finally caught up to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic last week with the official introduction of Marion Crane (Rihanna). Unlike the original film, Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols) is already married and Marion is the unknowing other woman. Annoyed by a crap job with few prospects, she absconds with $400,000 and heads out from Seattle to White Pine Bay to be with her man. Except when Sam can’t sneak away from his actual wife Madeleine (Isabelle McNally), Marion is forced to take to refuge at… well, you guessed it. Norman (Freddie Highmore) is dealing with the possibilities of Romero (Nestor Carbonell) showing up at any second after escaping prison, and more importantly, he is struggling with the reality that Norma(n) has been taking over his body for longer periods of time. It’s the beginning of the end…

Spoilers below for this week’s Bates Motel:

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.5 “Dreams Die First”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 5: “Dreams Die First”
Directed by Nestor Carbonell
Written by Erica Lipez & Kerry Ehrin
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 20th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

As we reach the midway point of the final season of A&E’s Bates Motel, Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) is struggling to deal with the walls closing in around him. Mother (Vera Farmiga) refuses to let him make his own decisions, and after telling off Chick (Ryan Hurst), he ends up begging for his friendship. This after Chick gave Caleb (Kenny Johnson) a viking funeral! There’s a new sheriff in town who is starting to poke around, and brings warnings for Norman as Romero (Nestor Carbonell) has escaped custody. Then there is the trickiest of all situations, as Norman gets closer to local store owner Madeleine Loomis (Isabelle McNally), but alas Mother inevitably will ruin that. This week Nestor Carbonell steps back behind the camera, as we inch closer to Hitchcock and welcome a very special guest to the Motel.

Spoilers below for this week’s Bates Motel:

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.4 “Hidden”
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 4: “Hidden”
Directed by Max Thieriot
Written by Torrey Speer
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 13th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

Tonight on A&E’s Bates Motel, star Max Thieriot (Dylan) stepped behind the camera, and directed his first episode of the hit series, as we near the midway point of the final season. Last week saw the strange yet touching relationship between Norma(n) (Freddie Highmore) and Chick (Ryan Hurst) build. Chick has become almost a guardian for Norma(n), guarding both secrets and in the physical sense, KO-ing Caleb (Kenny Johnson) and locking him in the fruit cellar. When a crisis between Norman and Mother (Vera Farmiga) set Caleb free, he fled but was taken out by Chick driving down the road. Chick; always in the right place at the right time for the Bates Family. Meanwhile, Romero (Nestor Carbonell) escaped custody, but was left wounded en route back to Norma(n). Onward to Psycho we go…

Spoilers for tonight’s episode of Bates Motel below:

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.3 “Bad Blood”
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 3: “Bad Blood”
Directed by Sarah Boyd
Written by Tom Szentgyorgyi
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, March 6th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

The final season of A&E’s series Bates Motel is off to a roaring start with back to back fantastic episodes, as we inch closer to the pivotal moments where the series blends with Alfred Hitchcock’s original 1960 masterwork. Norman (Freddie Highmore) has completed his transformation into full “psycho” mode, blacking out and living long murderous periods as his mother. Meanwhile, Dyl-Emma is off with their new baby girl, trying to make a normal life for themselves. Norman is finding himself attracted to a very Norma-esque woman in town, who is married to a man Norman knows is canoodling behind her back at the motel.

Last week was a rough one for Caleb (Kenny Johnson). First he was sent packing; in the nicest way possible, by Dyl-Emma… mostly Emma (Olivia Cooke). He arrives back in White Pine Bay to seek out Norma (Vera Farmiga), unaware she’s been dead for months. When he finds out accidentally, he draws a v-line for Norman and the motel, knowing Norman was responsible. It’s there he uncovers Norma’s preserved body right before getting knocked out by Norman with the help of Chick (Ryan Hurst), who doesn’t exactly need any prodding to help take out Caleb. So much so that the sight of Norman dressed as Norma doesn’t faze him too much. Norma(n)’s response, “Well now you know Chick, I’m still alive.”

Spoilers for this week’s Bates Motel below:

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.2 “The Convergence of the Twain”
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 2: “The Convergence of the Twain”
Directed by Sarah Boyd
Written by Alison Evans, Steve Kornacki
Created by Anthony Cipriano, Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the last 2 episodes of Bates Motel!

Last week on Bates Motel, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) showed up on Dylan and Emma’s (Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke) doorstep, giving Dylan the mixed feels. Emma told Caleb to go. Norman (Freddie Highmore) was deep in his psychosis, living a happy life with the mother in his head, and snuggling with her corpse at night. The ruse created in his brain was that she was pretending to be dead. He found a wallet and figured out it coincided with a blackout. He met a cute married business woman in town, and hallucination Norma (Vera Farmiga) was jealous. “Norma” helped Norman get rid of the “missing” guy’s body. His phone rang and Romero (Nestor Carbonell) was on the other end.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Bates Motel 5.1 “Dark Paradise”
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Bates Motel
Season 5 Episode 1: “Dark Paradise”
Directed by Tucker Gates
Written by Kerry Ehrin
Starring Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
A&E
Air Date: Monday, February 20th, 2017, 10pm

Warning! Spoilers below for the 5th season premiere of Bates Motel!

When we last left Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) on Bates Motel, he had killed his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga), and threw away his meds to be reunited with her. He also dug up her body and put it in the basement. He almost pulled the trigger and ended it all, when the full psychosis kicked in complete with music, as Norma returned to live in the fantasy that they are happy together, forever. He did not tell Dylan (Max Thieriot) she was dead. Alex (Nestor Carbonell) freaked out in grief, knowing Norman did it, and was hauled off to jail for perjury, not the punch he gave Norman.

Spoilers below.

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Check Out Rihanna As Marion Crane In ‘Bates Motel’
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Yesterday, we showed you the official season 5 trailer for Bates Motel, and today we have 2 more of the A&E hit series, which give us an extended look at what’s in store for us in White Pine Bay.

Check out the two videos below.

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Watch ‘Bates Motel’ Official Season 5 Trailer!
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Bates Motel Season 5 Trailer

Dylan: “You shouldn’t be living here alone.”
Norman: “Living anywhere else is not an option.”

Creepy!! A&E has just released the official season 5 trailer for Bates Motel, after a couple of teasers last month. The story of a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), and his dysfunctional relationship with his mother and reality is in its last season. As sad as that is, we have one more juicy season ahead of us, and I plan to enjoy every second.

Check out the trailer below.

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