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Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« on: March 19, 2013, 11:52:11 AM »
Anyone watch?!  I dvr'd but haven't checked it out just yet!  As always it sounds like some enjoy it, while others hate it.

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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 11:59:05 AM »
I watched it. I cannot discuss what I liked/didnt like about it until you watch it---or it will spoil things.

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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 02:42:38 PM »
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I enjoyed it for the most part. The kid is a spitting image of Norman. One this that annoyed me was the cop's sudden suspicion. But I guess it comes from the town's general feeling of the land being repossessed.

The mom is pretty convincing.


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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 06:34:43 PM »
I watched it as well. Hmmmm- no spoliers...
I had to get used to the premise and setting. It took a lot of getting used to! After that...I sat back and enjoyed the acting, which was very good. The storyline should be entertaining, and I think it's going to hold my attention. I really like the cast.

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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 08:12:09 PM »
I dunno. This was weird for me...but the weirdest thing was seeing and hearing cell phones! I'm not sure of the story of Norman Bates should be "contemporary." For one thing, who names their kid "Norman," anymore? The house looked good, and so did the motel...and the boy playing Norman did well hiding his British accent. But I really didn't like the actress playing the mother and really have to wonder just where they're going with this...I mean, beyond what we already know.

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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 08:23:43 PM »
100 and 10% better than I thought it would be.  Won't give any spoilers either.  The question now is, can they maintain it.  I'm even okay with the modern setting. 
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 09:29:25 PM »
I wasn't sure if I should mention cellphones- teehee But that's what I was hinting at when I said that I had a hard time getting used to the modern setting. It felt odd, but midway through I got into the groove. I think I'm gonna like that policeman that gave the mom the third degree. He seems like he belongs in the town.

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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2013, 09:39:23 PM »
I enjoyed it, it was a bit more graphic than i thought it would be. in a good way.
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2013, 12:04:07 AM »
You mean "American Horror Story-Motel"? 



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I'm sorry, this was not Psycho.  It was an interesrting story, regarding a mother with a high school student (and another son she was estranged from) who happen to buy a motel, and horror ensues.  This is quite different from the Robert Bloch book, or the Hitchcock film.  There was nothing at all about the film that has to do with the sense of isolation that led to an unhealthy relationship between mother and son, and the grief over Norman killing his own mother, leading to his issues that led him to attempt keeping his mother alive.  Many young girlsin his school found Norman cute, and it seems that his inability to deal with his attractiveness to women has more to do with his inability to  properly to respond to his sexual attractiveness to the opposite sex.  Maybe I would have enjoyed it more, if it wasn't supposed to be Psycho.  Unfortunately, I kept comparing it to the book and movie (which are both excellent , although somewhat different), and to me it just wasn't  "Psycho". 
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2013, 12:28:01 AM »
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Seemed like a weird mix of "Twin Peaks," "American Horror Story," and "Psycho IV: The Beginning." Didn't care for the contemporary setting, and really don't care for the whole upcoming Norman's half-brother tracking them down thing.
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2013, 09:15:47 AM »
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I really enjoyed it. I honestly expected it to have a lot less of that Psycho flavor than it ended up having. I think they struck a decent balance of old and new, really. On one level, I didn't expect them to dive head-first into Psycho territory in the very first episode of a series that A&E probably hopes will last a little while. And yet, interestingly, they found a way to bring it in that direction with (BIG SPOILER) the murder of that crazy guy, and the subsequent attempt to cover it up by Norma and Norman, which I really liked. Still, I don't expect them to keep that up for too long. This is a TV series, not a movie, so the key points of the Norman Bates history shouldn't be hit too quickly, IMO. Not that it should overstay its welcome and completely butcher the mythology instead of expanding upon it (I'm looking at you Smallville). I'm just saying, I don't think we should expect the next episode to be another rehash of the Hitchcock film, or of the novel.

As for the modern setting, it was weird to me too, and that makes Norman stand out even more. But the more I thought of it, the more I kind of liked the idea of it. It adds a little something to his sense of isolation from the rest of society. Like he'd rather be living in more innocent times than today. If used wisely, that could go a long way to bringing him toward the Norman Bates we're familiar with.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised. The acting is good, I think the roles are cast well. I'm just curious to see what happens next week, when the elder Bates son shows up. Hopefully it doesn't ruin all the good work they did with the first episode.
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 11:10:58 AM »
The cell phones threw me off as well. From the beginning, I assumed it was in the 60-70's?
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 04:28:02 PM »
The cell phones threw me off as well. From the beginning, I assumed it was in the 60-70's?
All the advance press stressed its contemporary setting. So far, this is being demonstrated with cellphones, iPods, and repeated use of the word "suck."  ::)
So, it appears part of Norma Bates' agenda is to prevent that highway bypass project from going through. That could be interesting. Just how far is she willing to go?

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Also, I can see where she'll be milking her rape for as much guilt as she can, helping to twist Norman up that much more.
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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2013, 05:13:46 PM »
Well---since spoilers have now beeen discussed: THAT RAPE SCENE WAS FAR TOO GRAPHIC for me. I also didnt much care for the "diary of illustrated bondage porn" or whatever the heck it was that ole Norman found when they pulled up the carpet.

I have a feeling that by the time the series has run its course, it will be compared more to the 1998 re-make of Psycho than Hitchcock's version. :-\

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Re: Bates Motel premiered last night (Mon. 18th) on A&E!
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2013, 06:02:03 PM »
I have a feeling that by the time the series has run its course, it will be compared more to the 1998 re-make of Psycho than Hitchcock's version. :-\
Other than seeing Vigo Mortensen's butt and watching Vince Vaughn whack it, it was essentially the same script. I think they even removed the reference to Julianne Moore's character being a lesbian, at the last minute. Other than wasting William H. Macy as Arbogast, the remake just felt to much like treading water in the baby pool, instead of swimming with sharks.

No, unless they get very, very creative indeed, I think it will just feel like a drawn-out version of "Psycho IV: The Beginning." Which, don't get me wrong, had its moments. But, it wasn't as good as "Psycho II" or "Psycho III."
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