Ever since the well-received first season of A&E's 'Psycho' prequel/reboot 'Bates Motel' ended back in May, fans have been clamoring to know when the hanging plot threads will be resolved. Well, A&E has now finally given us the answer. The 10 episode second season of 'Bates Motel' will premiere on Monday, March 3.
In the interest of full disclosure, I wasn't quite as in love with 'Bates Motel's first season as most people. As a huge fan of the 'Psycho' film franchise, I found some of the changes to Norman and Norma's respective backstories to be a bit nonsensical, and the way showrunner Carlton Cuse seemed to be making the show more about the secrets of White Pine Bay than about the Bates family rubbed me the wrong way. I tuned in to see the evolution of Norman and Norma Bates, not to watch 'Twin Peaks' lite. In truth, only the performances of Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot were keeping me tuning in.
That all said, something happened by around the half way point of the season: the show got better. All the major storylines kicked into overdrive, stuff actually began happening on a regular basis, and the primary focus finally shifted to the sordid lives of the title motel's occupants. Nestor Carbonell's character finally got something to do, other than sit in his office and talk to Norma. 'Justified's Jere Burns turned up in a terrific guest role. Norman Bates finally starting acting like the character from the films, flying into violent rages, hallucinating his mother, and (possibly) committing his first murder.
Going into Season 2, things are definitely looking up for 'Bates Motel.' For those who still need to watch Season 1, it is currently available on DVD and Blu-Ray.