Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Rant #1,202: Creepy
No, I am not talking about Donald Sterling now, but I could be talking about many others, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, Miley Cyrus, and countless politicians.
I am talking about a TV show that sends the creepsup my spine, and it is called "Bates Motel," on the A&E Network each week.
It just finished its second season, and I cannot wait for the third.
This is not just your average fringe show on a fringe network.
This is something really different, something that I didn't think I would like but was drawn to by its pedigree.
The show is based on some of the characters in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho,"--which itself was based on a novel by Robert Bloch--namely Norman Bates and his mom, who, as you know, he basically becomes by the end of the film.
This is a reboot, but a different type of reboot.
This one takes place during the current day, and Norman (Freddy Highmore) is a high school student who lives with his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) in the creepy house on the hill that overlooks the motel that they own.
This one does not take place in California, but in the Pacific Northwest, and brought into the present day, it also concerns things like rape, incest, and drugs--marijuana in particular. The whole town is bought and sold on weed, and Norma Bates' other son, Dillon (Max Thieriot) is very involved in this trade.
But the focus continues to be on Norman Bates, and how he turns from a high school kid like any other to someone who needs to kill.
I generally do not like reboots, and I went into this thing with a lot of trepidation. But the stories and the acting really won me over this time.
We all know the conclusion to this. Norman will eventually kill his mother and he will become her, a person having dual personalities. He has already arrived at that point through the show's second season, but he isn't there just yet, so succeeding seasons will see him move right into that role.
Look, I was curious, because I loved "Psycho." Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh cannot ever be replaced, and I think that is why the producers of this new show brought the story into the present time.
They knew they could not duplicate what Hitchcock did, and no, there haven't been any shower scenes in this show, not that one isn't coming.
Anyway, the show just finished its second season, and if you can, give it a try in reruns, on Demand, or via NetFlix.
I think you will be surprised as I have been at the quality of this show, even with the creepy themes.
There have been other reboots of "Psycho"--a horrid remake from a few years ago and several years ago, one with equally creepy Bud Cort as Norman--but I think they really hit on something here.
I rarely praise a new TV show, in particular one that is so adult in its storylines, but "Bates Motel" really does give me the creeps, and for that, I would highly recommend it.
Posted by Larry at 1:43 AM