BATES MOTEL Season Two Finale Recap: “The Immutable Truth”

     May 6, 2014

Bates Motel has always had a complicated relationship with the truth.  If characters aren’t covering something up, they’re in active denial about almost everything.  “The Immutable Truth” changed that, though.  Not only was it full of rewarding honesty, but it also …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “The Box”

     April 29, 2014

Bates Motel has always been interested in truth and consequences, usually in a twisted form.  Truths are buried, and the wrong people are given consequences they don’t deserve.  In addition to all of this, “The Box,” needed to reconcile a …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Meltdown”

     April 22, 2014

Though every episode of Bates Motel features a certain amount of damp and gloom, “Meltdown” was a particularly dark hour.  White Pine Bay seems to be in the midst of a very rainy week, and that darkness (the interior of …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Presumed Innocent”

     April 15, 2014

Bates Motel has reached a point this season where it’s teetering on the precipice.  There are three episodes left now until the end of the season, but “Presumed Innocent” was too early to start the descent into what is sure …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Plunge”

     April 8, 2014

In “Plunge,” Bates Motel starts the complicated unraveling of Norman.  There have been hints that have burst through the placid surface of how Norman would develop into the man known from Psycho, but the series has shown great restraint in …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “The Escape Artist”

     April 1, 2014

There were a few things that needed to happen for Bates Motel, even with such a limited number of episodes per season, for it to be able to continue.  Since there’s an obvious endpoint down the line, the question becomes …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Check-Out”

     March 25, 2014

Bates Motel‘s “Check-Out” was an episode about consequence.  The series has done a great job of weaving everything together, so that every action has a repercussion somewhere in the causal web of White Pine Bay.  It makes for tight narratives, …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Caleb”

     March 18, 2014

After cleaning house to start the season, Bates Motel began building up some new tensions and difficulties for Norma and Norman, as well as expanding the scope of White Pine Bay.  What makes Bates Motel more than just a sequel …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Shadow of a Doubt”

     March 11, 2014

So far this season, Bates Motel has been sticking closely by its theme of “what lies beneath.  Nothing is as it seems.  But even aside from the quirks of the people and the place of White Pine Bay, the show’s …

BATES MOTEL Recap: “Gone But Not Forgotten”

     March 3, 2014

Last year, Bates Motel proved itself a surprisingly strange and hypnotic entry to the TV landscape.  Not only did the series find a way to be much more than just a prequel to the Hitchcock film, but the performances (particularly by Vera Farmiga as …

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