The Bates Motel-Series Three-Episopdes Nine & Ten-some notes and dialogue with final review at the end. Minor Spoilers only. Was on in the UK on Universal Channel number 137 on Virgin Media TV-also available on Netflix I believe.

Bates Motel

Nb.  proper title is Bates Motel but all postings have been in the name of The Bates Motel.


Episode Nine

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

A fair few troublesome happenings really.

Norman has a visitor.
Norman to the visitor:
“This is the one place you can’t be, you’re dead here!”
Yes.  I thought she was dead.
There’s been so many.  I lost track.

And Norma goes to visit Bob Parris who has a very nice place.  With two giant fishes, dried, in stands in the (glass) vestibule.

Bob to Norma:
“You think I’m the bad guy?”
“I think you’re much worse than me.”
I think you may be right Bob.

Chuck to Caleb:
“You’ve got the gift of wit, I’ll give you that..”

Ah.  Emma and Dylan together are so sweet.
Well they’re not together yet but they could be.

Oh dear.  Norman’s got that look in his eye. Again.  Or rather eyes.

Caleb to Dylan:
I’ll be up at the old  logging road, up on the ridge”
Poor Dylan.  He has a face made for sorrow.

Norman to Norma:
“You’re the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and the last thing at night”!..

So I am worried about Norman’s visitor who is hanging out with him.  When she’s already officially dead.

I’m also worried about a rather large ( and deep) something in the front the the Bates Motel.

Yes Mother..”


Final Episode Ten

Some notes and dialogue on first watching.

Norma to Dylan:
“Most people are very disappointing.”
“Try not to let if get to you..”

Emma and Dylan together are like a hero and heroine in Wuthering Heights.  Emma even has a hooded top/ snood.  Violins have been playing for a while now. They seem so right.

Norma and Norman are both lying to each other now.
“I just ran up those stairs cause I felt like it,”

Norma and Sheriff Romero: Ahh.  If only.  They are both so (very) complicated.

Then Sheriff Romero does what I thought he might do.  To save Norma.  But then Romero always has the surprising move.

I’m gonna stop now.  It is the last episode after all..

Oops.  Well I saw that one coming.
Official OMG.  For a lot more than that bit above.

Norma to Norman:
“We’ll always be together..”
“There’s a cord, between our hearts, remember?”
 Yes, mother..”



So I find it hard to write a review for a series so long after it ended.  However for the Bates Motel, as with the series Gotham, I can still see them in my mind’s eye.  Whatever that is.

So I’m thinking that if I can conjure them up like this, the scenes and pictures, then that is a good test of a drama.  That you can remember it.

I think or would like to think that Hitch himself, Alfred Hitcock, the master of horror would be pleased with the prequel to his Psycho.  i do hope so.  Well if there are really film directors in heaven.  But I digress.

Liking indeed rating highly as I do-the Bates Motel may well be a personal preference.  Not everyone might feel the same way.  However Bates Motel, whether your cup of tea or not: is still an assuredly excellent creation.  In terms of filmic style, pure painterliness (of it’s scenes) and absolutely exquisite acting throughout.  By all.

Norma, as described in the notes along the way: being one of my all time favourite dramatic heroines on TV.  Sheriff Romero too of course is a fascinating and fully fleshed out character.  Well as fleshed out as his stoical nature and countenance will allow.

The interplay between Romero and Norma right from the beginning of the series has been fascinating to watch and beautifully played.  As an evolving story.  This is a story-line played out a little before it actually happens in time.  that is to the viewer’s eyes.

Since all the actors and actresses are so good at emoting and along with a realistic script; they are able to communicate to us as the viewer, the future outcomes possibly predicted by their actions and emotions now.  If that makes sense.  We see things coming basically.

Dylan and Caleb are wonderfully rounded characters too. Dylan with his face made for sorrow and innocent heart.  Caleb, wandering alone and self-sufficient in his camper-van.  Braving his hellish past.

Then there is the fascinating psychological story of the deconstruction of Norman’s psyche.  How he becomes what he becomes.  Or perhaps he has always been this way.


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