Posted by Sharon Seymour at Monday, March 18, 2013 42 CommentsBates Motel Reviews
Now, when I first heard about this Pilot, I was very very skeptical, having been a big fan of the original movies with Anthony Perkins. I'm not normally a fan of remakes/reboots etc but still with a strong cast I was happy to give it a try.
And boy am I glad I did.
However it's not until about 25 minutes in that the story really picks up.
Norman decides to rebel one night and this event is the start of everything. There is a shocking and quite graphic scene that will bind Norman and his mother for life. I'm not going to spoil it for you here but it's a very powerful few mintues.
We're also introduced to Zach Shelby, played by Nestor Carbonell, the local sheriff. He again only has a short role in the pilot but I think his character will be well received.
We also get to briefly meet Emma (Olivia Cooke), a schoolgirl with a chronic disease (I can't recall the name of it sorry), who meets Norman and we get the impression that they will become friends.
The mother/son relationship has a slightly creepy undercurrent during the show and we start to see how potentially this young, naive, likeable and innocent Norman Bates will somehow turn in the Norman Bates that we saw in the movies.
The pilot did it's job well, setting up the story and introducing us to the characters.
Overall I loved the pilot and could not wait to see more. The acting is really first class and the production quality is extremely high, matching that of most movies.
This will not be for everyone, but those who like a good story/writing, good acting and production values should enjoy this. It will be interesting to see how this is received critically and how the ratings hold up.
If you have any questions about the Pilot I will try to answer them in the comments below without revealing any major spoilers (although there are not many major spoilers to be told)
Here are some photos from the Pilot.
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