Bates Motel: Season 5
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Bates Motel: Season 5

No matter how great a television series might be the cold reality is at some point in time there is a cancellation notice waiting to be issued. The question that matters to the creative people that invested so much of themselves into the project as well as the fans who have faithfully supported the series emotionally bonding with the characters. Pragmatically, when the end is inevitably near what matters most is the manner of how the finale is presented matters most. During the early days of television, many shows would just fade off into obscurity relegated to a footnote in some informative volume of TV history. then. Someone had the idea of concluding the story, tying loose ends together and giving the story a reasonable conclusion. This avoided the insulting action of an abrupt end, much like tearing the last chapters out of a well-written mystery novel. Then, series defied the prevailing wisdom was challenged and the hit drama. ‘The Putative’ ended with millions of fans intently watching as the mysteries that drove the series were finally resolved. Not every show receives this respectful treatment, but when it occurs, it is wonderful. The most recent example of a series including a final chapter is under consideration, ‘Bates Motel.' From its inception, everyone involved realized the tactical implications inherent in this specific story. Foremost among the concerns is the fame, or rather infamy, of the main character. Norman Bates regarded as one of the screen’s best-known serial killer of all times. The portrayal of this murderer iconically performed by Anthony Perkins in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, ‘Psycho.'

Some many details of the story considered immutable that the writers may have some degree of freedom in telling the story and nuances of the character development, one thing was certain, the story of Norman and his mother would have to include her murder. She had to eventually become a preserved corpse anchoring the personality that crushed and directed Norman’s life. Any deviation from this would result in an uproar from the fans that would be entirely justified. During the first for seasons of the series, many significant additions and alterations infused into the various major and minor arcs. That al important moment finally arrived when the prequel had caught up with the story known by all horror fans. Thankfully, all involved maintained a great reverence for the source mater as well as the popular culture interpretation and the final season was engaging, intriguing and thoroughly entertainment up to the final moment before the last credit roll and fade to black. The conclusion was not the ending most would have imagined, but it did fit perfectly with the way this story was presented. I was completely amazed and pleasantly surprised by the creative choices that molded these final ten episodes.

Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore), has always been close to his mother Norma (Vera Farmiga). Many might say too close to his mother. Their constant emotional codependency was upsettingly clear.From the vantage point of the audience, it remained obvious their relationship bordered all too close to incestuous. A disquieting feeling increased as the series escalated even though the eventual outcome is known and unassailable it requires writers, directors, and performers of exceptional abilities to engage the viewers and foster within them continually need to know what will happen next. The people involved here was a dream team worthy of the most intense offering on premium cable. That [laces the basic cable host of the show, A&E, above most networks in their tier. The season was set two years after the demise of Norma. During that period Norman was successful in maintaining the façade of grieving son doing his best to move on. The psychological strain of burying his true sense of loss eroding his cocoon of denial and grief. One element of the story’s treatment here is the detailed account of the mental and emotional disintegration of Norman’s already fragile psyche. Bound to his mother by acts of violence, at the hands of an abusive father and Norman’s complicity in freeing them from that hell, deformed the usual mother-son bond into a malignant co-dependency. This affords the audience a plausible, albeit unhealthy etiology for Norman’s psychopathic behavior and his dissociative state. Norman blamed his mother for the violence and death surrounding him. Norman perpetrated These actions in the guise of Norma. Unable to face holding his mother responsible split his personality. The ‘Norma’ persona acted, obtaining revenge, removing obstacles and covering criminal behavior. The ‘Norman’ component of his fractured mind, was horrified by ‘mother’s’ behavior engaging in further antisocial actions to cover up or atone for his mother’s crimes. In the later seasons,’s the dissociative persona became increasingly prevalent and dominant. This season is the culmination of a narrative that has been building with an amazing craftsmanship for years. While some series have met an untimely cancellation, this instance is an example of bringing a story to a timely and organically formed conclusion. There was nothing to be gained by continuing the examination of these characters.

As Norman spirals inexorably into the final stages of is insanity, the fine line between him and his mother is all but erased. Secretly, Norman has kept the corpse of his mother preserved in the basement. The delusion perpetuated by Norman is his tenuous tether to appearing to be normal. He continues to run the Motel coming across as the polite, although quirky young businessman. He holds this image while in town during the occasions when he must engage in social or business related interacts, while picking up some items for the Motel Norman meets Madeleine Loomis (Isabelle McNally), who owns the hardware store along with her husband. Madeline bears a striking resemblance to his mother fostering an immediate attraction. She reciprocates his friendly overtures mutually acknowledging interest in taking the burgeoning relationship further. This simple plot device of Norman’s temptation by a real, living woman is a time-honored method of developing young characters. The genius demonstrated here lies in the execution and how seamlessly it dovetails into the furthering of the story and the requisite connection to the existing mythos. Marion Crane (Rihanna), rents a room in the motel in preparation of an assignation. In a scene that is a part of cinema history, Norman uses a peep hole behind a picture to watch the beautiful young woman in the shower. When her lover arrives, it is Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols), Madeline’s husband. The feeling Norman has transferred from his mother boil over and in the guise of Norma he stabs Loomis to death in the shower.

Many of the names used in the film are repurposed here with surgical precision. The fundamental utilization of the characters is altered, but the familiar names serve as a continued reminder of the connection between series and film. This greatly helps the audience accept the alterations from what they most probably view as canon. From an emotional perspective, the series was impeccable in the way characters were driven enhancing them as finely drawn human beings. Norman had a love interest, Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), who has chronic and terminal respiratory issues. Romance never worked out for Norman, but he easy contended with the ‘friend zone.' His half-brother, Dylan Massett (Max Thieriot) falls in love with her at the time of this season married Emma and moved away to start a family. Her medical problems were alleviated thanks to a lung transplant Dylan financed through an illegal endeavor. He has since embraced a lawful life. A history of physical and emotional abuse is demonstrated through Dylan’s father, Caleb (Kenny Johnson). The boy was a product of incestuous rape, Caleb is Norma’s older brother. Th series is a satisfying conclusion to one of the best translations of a significant movie to television, concluding with the style and intensity it always manifested.

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Posted 09/28/2017

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