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Bates Motel Season 2: Who is Norman Bates?

Son or Monster?

By Robert T. Trate     March 07, 2014
Source: A&E


Bates Motel Season 2 on A&E
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A&E has shared a new video with Mania for the second season of Bates Motel. Check out "WHO IS NORMAN BATES?” below. This week Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy) by auditioning for a play.  There is also a new player in town has Dylan and Remo on edge.

Episode 2, titled “Shadow of a Doubt”, airs this Monday at 9pm on A&E.

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jorson28 3/8/2014 3:58:18 PM

 I found the first episode of the season less than satisfying, and as most of you should know, anyway, "Shadow of a Doubt" is the title of another Hitchcock movie.  What always bothered me about this show is the same that bothered me about "Hannibal," which is the obvious fact that they're cashing in on the cinematic version of the "original" material.  Granted, Bloch's original novel is basically the same story that's in the movie with Anthony Perkins, but though not nearly as glamorous, I would have rather seen them take on the story of a Norman Bates more as he is in the books than in the movie.  I have trouble believing that there is sufficient reason for this Norman Bates' problems.  Not only does he seem to look and dress fairly normally and even have relations with several women/girls, but at this point, his mother is really anything but the possessive witch that even Hitchcock's movie depicts her as becoming.  In the books and the movie, Norman eventually kills his mother because she was that way in life, and he does so at a very young age - not too much older than he is in the show.  The original Bates character was, of course, modeled in part on Ed Gein, who was actually a model prisoner after being caught.  Much of his pathology stemmed from certain specifics surrounding his upbringing which really are not in evidence here, including the seclusion and social isolation of being raised on a Wisconsin farm in the early 20th century.   Thus, I'd hate for the show to end with the explanation for everything being that, well, Norman was "mentally ill" and though it wasn't obvious at first, he inherited it from his mother.  

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