Bates Motel is a beautifully crafted story detailing the start of Norman Bates' early years at the notorious motel. Norman and his mother Norma are given full backgrounds and really bought to life. Freddie Highmore is simply stunning as the twitchy, slightly unhinged teenager and Vera Fermiga is perfect as his dominant controlling mother.
A superb cast of supporting characters offer various sub plots all with interesting consequences. Nothing is wasted here. from the actors to the settings to the various story strands, everything is given full attention and real care has gone into evoking the foboding atmosphere that Psycho portrays.
The series explores various themes but it is the relationship between mother and son that holds the weight. At first it seems Norman becomes a killer due to his controlling mother but it quickly becomes apparent that it may not be as simple as that. Its a curious story thread that has a lot of potential for further exploration.
A stunning first series that shows some huge potential. A real classy production with fascinating characters. The motel itself is a joy to get lost in and for fans of Hitchcocks masterpiece there are so many fun references to look out for.
The only downside is the series is too short. Cutting it off after 10 episodes is criminal when the show is this gripping. A real gem.
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