Stuff tends to get pretty weird on Bates Motel. Catch up on all the anxiety- inducing moments before the Season 2 premiere of Bates Motel on. Bates Motel, the modern day prequel story to Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller “ Psycho,” started with graphic violence, a rape scene, and incestuous undertones. Norma trying to make Norman jealous by sleeping with another man is a little extreme for even Norma in my opinion. I cannot imagine a cable.
Beyond and before that, Bates Motel is good, a complex and chilling drama with an enticing and essentially odd appeal. Even in their new timeframe, Norma is familiarly demanding, passively and otherwise, and Norman is as nervous and eager to please as you've seen him before. Highmore evokes memories of Anthony Perkins' Norman, the handsome and shy one who vaguely flirts with Marion Crane, with just a hint of fiery rage behind his eyes.
He is humble and tongue-tied with his new classmates he and his mother move from Arizona following his father's untimely death at the series' startbut he's capable too of trashing his room and sneaking out to a party where the DJ plays Radiohead. He longs for his own voice, but is also that loving son who wants to do the right thing as his mom defines it.
That mom is here young, blond, and even sexy. Farmiga gives Norma multiple layers, from the supportive, genuinely loving mother to a brutally manipulative Lady Macbeth who uses reverse psychology and twisted logic to convince Norman that his obedience to her is only sensible. Norma believes her own stories, that victims deserve what they get, that her ends justify her means; mother and son do have a new business to run, after all, and so she insists they keep focused -- on each other. It also follows Norman's efforts to live apart from his mother, a process that looks doomed to failure.
Bates Motel isn't Hitchcock, and doesn't try to be.
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But the show does make intelligent use of what you already know about Norma and Norman in their efforts to "start over," as she says repeatedly. And it works up a suspense all its own: This arouses "Mother"'s ire, and she threatens to kill Marion if Norman lets her into the house. He defies her and has dinner with Marion, who takes pity on him and gently suggests that he put his mother in a mental institution.
He angrily rejects the suggestion, however, and insists that his mother is perfectly sane. After Marion retires to her room, Norman becomes "Mother" and kills Marion in the shower. When Norman regains consciousness, he disposes of Marion's corpse in a nearby swamp, covering up what he believes to be his mother's crime.
Marion's employer hires private investigator Milton Arbogast Martin Balsam to find her, and he goes to the motel and questions Norman.
Norman mentions that Marion had spoken with his mother, but he refuses to let Arbogast see her. Suspicious, Arbogast goes to the house, where "Mother" kills him as well.
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Bates' corpse while searching the house; moments later, Norman attacks her as "Mother", only to be subdued by Sam. Norman is then arrested and institutionalized, and the "Mother" persona takes complete, permanent control of his mind.
Psycho II[ edit ] In the film Psycho II unrelated to Bloch's novel of the same nametwenty-two years later, Norman Bates, now supposedly cured, is released from the institution and returns home. He soon receives notes and phone calls supposedly from Mrs.
Norman offers Mary a room in his house, and she reluctantly accepts. At about this time, a series of mysterious murders are committed by a woman with a knife to people who come to the motel and the house. Norman's sanity begins to unravel, as he starts to believe that his mother is committing the murders.
Bill Raymond Robert Loggiashows him Mrs. Bates' corpse and reveals to him that Mary Samuels is actually Mary Loomis, Sam Loomis' daughter, and is plotting with her mother, Lila, to drive him crazy again in order to get him recommitted for Marion's murder; they both dress up as Norman's mother and appear through the window of her bedroom.
Mary believes that the murderer is hiding in Norman's house, and when Norman explains to Mary that the murderer might be his real mother, she speculates that he might have been adopted.
The murderer eventually kills Lila. When Mary and Norman return to the house, Norman receives a phone call from Dr. Raymond; in his mind, however, the phone call is from his mother. Mary, disturbed, tries to convince Norman to stop answering the phone by dressing up as his mother, complete with a butcher knife. Mary accidentally kills Dr. Raymond, who has come to the house to catch Mary, and Norman tries to hide her from the police.
Mary discovers Lila's corpse hidden in a pile of coal, and, convinced Norman is the murderer, tries to kill him. The police intervene just in time however, and shoot her dead.
Spool visits Norman and reveals that she is his real mother, and that Norma Bates was actually his aunt; Spool had been put in a mental institution shortly after giving birth to Norman, and her sister, Norma, had adopted him and told him that he was her son. Spool then reveals that she had committed the murders in order to protect Norman. He bludgeons her to death with a shovel, and carries her corpse up to Mrs.
Bates' room, where the "Mother" personality takes control of his mind once again. Emma killed John in a jealous rage after Norma stole him away from her, and abducted the young Norman, convincing herself he was the child she had with John. Emma was arrested and institutionalized, and Norman was returned to his mother. By this point in the series, Norman has begun murdering young women again under the control of the Mother personality. He finds some hope for redemption when he meets and falls in love with a young woman named Maureen Coyle Diana Scarwidbut "Mother" eventually wins out and kills her.
Tracy finds Norman and tells him the truth about his parentage, and Norman destroys Mrs. Spool's corpse, attempting to break free of "Mother"'s control.Bates Motel: The Evolution of Norma and Norman - A&E
He is arrested and sent back to the institution, but proclaims that he is finally free. The Beginning[ edit ] The fourth and final film in the series, retcons the revelations of the second and third film, supplying that Norman's father was stung to death by bees, removing all references to Emma Spool and retelling much of Norman's and his mother's past from the original film. It is implied in the film that Mrs.
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Bates suffered from schizophrenia and borderline personality disorderwhich Norman inherits. Norman has been released from the institution and is now married. When Norman finds out that his wife, Connie Donna Mitchellis pregnant, he decides to kill her to prevent another of his "cursed" line from entering the world.