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TV Review - Bates Motel Season 2 Episode 3

Bates Motel

Steve Taylor-Bryant cracks the door on his Motel room and peers into the goings on in White Pine Bay once more with 'Caleb'...


After her singing audition last week Norma (Vera Farmiga) has a new friend in the form of casting director Christine (Rebecca Creskoff) who herself is a strange character who seems to be hiding something. After finding out Norma didn’t get the lead role, Christine quits the production. Christine invites Norma to a party she is holding and Christine's brother George (Michael Vartan) seems quite smitten.

Norma is making friends everywhere it seems, with the new friend in Nick Ford (Michael O'Neill) who applauds Norma's stance against the local small minded politicians and is also against the by-pass. What Norma doesn’t know yet though is Nick is Blair's father. With the apparent suicide of Bradley being believed by everybody, Emma (Olivia Cooke) organises a memorial beach party in her honour and Norman (Freddie Highmore) decides to attend with Cody (Paloma Kwiatkowski) after deciding he needs more female orientated company, which brings the topic of sex back into Norman's life, a subject that makes him very uncomfortable.

Dylan (Max Thieriot) is still trying to find ways to deal with Zane (Michael Eklund) and is growing ever closer to new guy Caleb (Kenny Johnson) which horrifies Norma. She screams at Dylan that Caleb is her brother and he raped her, a fact that disgusts Dylan and he doesn’t want to know, especially the revelation that Caleb is in fact Dylan's father.

This third episode keeps up the strong beginning of the season so far and introduces some more interesting characters into the pot. The introduction of Caleb is a story that can only get more fascinating as we see how Norma copes with the incestuous rapist returning to haunt her. Norma having a wider circle of friends intrigues me, especially when they all seem to have so much to hide that from a story arc point of view can only be a good thing.

The casting of Kenny Johnson as Caleb is a remarkable move when you consider that not only is he a great actor, he also looks like Dylan (Max Thieriot) and so that makes the father revelation all that more believable. Freddie Highmore as Norman is still incredibly understated in his performance as the character develops slowly and the touching of the note in his pocket when Emma talks about Bradley's suicide was incredibly touching.

It’s all going to kick off soon and I cannot wait.

8/10





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