'Bates Motel' captures audiences

It is always a huge risk to start a new series on television, especially when that series is based on the background of a famous fictional character. The outcome of its performance and ratings are unknown and can sometimes do the opposite of what the producers expected.

However, this is not the case for the new series, “Bates Motel,” which recently premiered on A&E. Three million viewers tuned in during the premiere on A&E on March 18, sky-rocketing the expectations for the series. The show follows the lives of psycho killer Norman Bates and his mother Norma before he branded a knife.

After his father’s sudden and mysterious death, Norman and his mother move into a worn-down motel in the small town of White Pine Bay, Ore. for a fresh start.

Norma believes they can have fun running the motel together, until one small incident turns their dream home into a magnet for fear and chaos. Add the suspicious and secretive townspeople into the mix and A&E has a heart-racing drama on their hands.

We have all come to know little Freddie Highmore, who brings Norman’s character to life in a charmingly frightening way. Highmore has played many youthful and innocent roles in movies, such as “Finding Neverland” and “August Rush.” Yet his most recognizable role is sweet Charlie Bucket from the new adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”

Who would have ever thought that innocent little Charlie Bucket would grow up to play such an eerie role as Norman Bates? As creepy as his character may be, Highmore brings a loving personality to Norman, making it difficult not to adore him.

Norman’s loving personality revolves around his mother, Norma, played by Vera Farmiga who has starred in “Safe House” and “Orphan.” Farmiga brings “motherly instincts” to a whole new level. Though her character and Norman are very close, she smothers him to the point that he is pressured to stick by her side no matter what the cost.

“Bates Motel” never disappoints fans when it airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. on A&E. The suspense and drama grip viewers every week, leaving them counting down the days until the next episode.
There are only five episodes left until the season finale, but it is easy to catch up with previous episodes on A&E’s website. “Bates Motel” has also been renewed for a second season in 2014. This television show is highly addicting with new drama unfolding amongst characters every week. I highly recommend “Bates Motel” if you are looking for a thriller that keeps you wanting more. After watching just one episode, I guarantee you will be hooked.

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