It’s a sin to have not watched Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ and call yourself a cinephile. It is quite simply one of the greatest American films ever made; a landmark achievement that defined and set the standards for a genre. ‘Bates Motel’ is a TV series based on this movie, wherein its developers Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin, and Anthony Cipriano explore the lives of Norma and Norman Bates prior to the events in the film. Set in the fictional town of White Pine Bay, Oregon, the show is a contemporary prequel to the Hitchcock flick. The first season aired on March 18, 2013, and the fifth season concluded on April 24, 2017 on the cable network A&E.
The filming of ‘Bates Motel’ took place outside Vancouver in Aldergrove and Fraser Valley, British Columbia. The channel decided not to include any pilot episode and started by ordering ten episodes in chronological order for the first season. The series was renewed on June 15, 2015 for a fourth and fifth season, making it the longest-running original scripted drama series in A&E’s records. The spectacular performances of the protagonists and some high quality film-making led the series to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturn Awards, and People’s Choice Awards.
Bates Motel Cast: Who Are in It?
The show stars Freddie Highmore, who played the role of Peter Llewelyn Davies in ‘Finding Neverland’, as Norman Bates. Vera Farmiga enacts the character of his mother Norma Bates. Max Thieriot features as Dylan Massett, the older son of Norma, and Olivia Cooke portrays Emma Decody, Norman’s intelligent classmate and best friend who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Nestor Carbonell is also part of the main cast as Sheriff Romero. Nicola Peltz plays the part of Norman’s love interest, Bradley Martin, and Kenny Johnson appears as Norma’s brother Caleb Calhoun. In the final season, Rihanna donned the iconic role of Marion Crane from the original movie.
Bates Motel Plot: What Is it About?
The plot follows the life of the mother-son duo after they move from Arizona to Oregon, following the death of Norma’s husband. Norma purchases the Seafairer Motel in the town of White Pine Bay and renames it Bates Motel with hopes of starting afresh. However, problems soon arise after she gets sexually assaulted by the motel’s previous owner. Norma stabs the intruder to death, but instead of disclosing the incident to the cops, she, along with Norman, decides to secretly dispose of the body. The incidents draw the attention of Sheriff Romero to the Bates family.
We are then slowly given a wider view of the twisted dynamics of the family’s relationships, as Norma attempts to hide her younger son’s occasional hallucinations and blackouts. Norman starts school and befriends Emma, who is somewhat drawn to him. Dylan, Norman’s brother, arrives at the motel in the second episode. Even his relationship with Norma is troubled. As the series progresses, we see that Norman’s behavior becomes more and more disturbing, triggering a chain of shocking events that we saw in the Hitchcock classic. .
Throughout the four seasons, the plot revolves around Norman Bates and his transformation into a serial killer. We know that he murders Marion Crane in ‘Psycho’. But how did this happen? What were the incidents in the past that led to this? Seasons 1-4 focus on this very aspect, and it portrays a mother who fiercely tries to hide her son’s condition that makes him a threat to the society.