Bates Motel, A&E’s immensely successful drama based on Robert Bloch’s epic novel Psycho, has been given the green light to go Code Blue for another season, and the fans couldn’t be more delighted. The series takes a look at the events leading up to where the 1960’s film begins, starring the frighteningly handsome Freddie Highmore as the lead character Norman Bates. Highmore portrays an awkward, fumbling youth whose socially stunted personality is overshadowed by an overbearing mother who, after the “accidental” death of Norman’s father, decides to pack it all up and purchase an out-of-the-way motel to provide for the both of them. Norman doesn’t do well with the move, and he learns that the blackouts he has been having during moments of high tension are more than they appear to be.
Dylan: “You came at me with knife.”
Norman: “You’re joking, right?”
After they arrive at the infamous Bates Motel, Norman and his mother Norma, played by Vera Farmiga, (Orphan, The Conjuring), take in an unwanted stray, Norman’s half-brother Dylan, (Max Thieriot), who quickly realizes that not only is Norma completely insane, but that she may have been the reason Mr. Bates is no longer around.
With a strong supporting cast and intricately woven story plots, Bates vividly shows every strand on the spiderweb of Norman Bate’s mind and how each one slowly snaps away to reveal the bloody monster we have all grown to know and love. But how does it compare up to the original Psycho?
While rated as one of the greatest films of all time, the curtain call for the premiere of Psycho couldn’t hold a candle, or should I say butcher’s knife, to the Bates Motel season debut of over 3 million live and same-day audience. As for critical review of the show, Bates is living up better than most of the other prequels we have had to deal with. Enough to make Alfred Hitchcock proud.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a whopping four and a half stars, and IMDb awards the show with an 8.2/10 based on over twenty-seven thousand votes. Not bad for a show we know will turn into the shower scene of How I Met Your Mother when young Mr. Bates gets a little older.
The fact that Bates Motel was offered another season this early into the second one reflects the immense popularity of the show, which faces off against similarly themed shows such as Hannibal and The Following, which boasts everyone’s distant relative Kevin Bacon. With over 6.8 million total viewers pushing it to the #1 spot on a large list of A&E hit shows, nothing short of global disaster will slow the murderously delicious romp of young Mr. Bates, and the competition knows he’s got the sharpest edge of them all.
Bates Motel Renewed for Season 3 by A&E http://t.co/7yfjuoDsg1
— E! News (@ENews) April 8, 2014
Good news, Bates Motel fans – the show has just been renewed for a third season http://t.co/O4AeXClhWn
— Digital Spy (@digitalspy) April 8, 2014
Watch the Bates Motel Season Two trailer below:
Up for some bloody fun Bates Motel style? Color yourself creepy with Inquisitr’s Halloween coloring book: http://inquisitr.tumblr.com/post/54439626964/horror-coloring-book-features-images-from-psycho
Can’t wait to know what is going on with the Bates family? Check out the Season Two spoilers:http://www.ibtimes.com/bates-motel-season-2-spoilers-norman-freaks-out-shocking-new-sneak-peek-video-episode-6-1568493