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Bates Motel: Meltdown

In typical Bates Motel fashion, we have to ruin a good streak of episodes with a total stinker of an episode. Seriously, what a piece of shit. With Cody gone we have a little less eye candy, one interesting character gone, and overall boredom with the show. 

Don't get me wrong, the amazing and beautiful Vera Farmiga is always fun to watch, but Norman is increasingly less fun. Part of me thinks Freddie Highmore isn't a great actor but instead just a little weird and awkward, like Norman. It's uncomfortable to watch him sometimes. I guess maybe that's the point. 

Bates Motel Review: Presumed Innocent

Things are heating up in the world of Bates Motel. Norman killed whats-her-name's dad, but he did it this time in "self-defense", a claim that may or may not be totally accurate. 

So, the interesting part of the show in my opinion is watching this young kid start to unravel. Lately it's really been diving into that whole idea. The blackouts are an interesting half-way point between being a pyscho killer/mom impersonator and his "true" identity of a weird high school kid. 

Bates Motel Review: Plunge

Hey, Bates Motel comes through with a good episode! Whodathunkit?

So Cody and Norman are carrying on as the world's least likely couple. Their makeout session is rudely interrupted by Emma and what's-his-nuts, who all decide to go swimming. Emma nearly dies, Norman loses his shit.

The Walking Dead Review: A

Ho. Ly. Shit. If nothing else, The Walking Dead knows how to deliver a finale. That finale was about as grande a finale as you could have hoped for. 

This review is going to be mostly a fanboy schpiel on how great it was, and it'll be chalk-full of spoilers so read at your own risk.

Bates Motel Review: Check-Out

I really want to like Bates Motel, but when it sort of straddles the line of soap opera/detective show, I find it difficult to get too involved. I want to see Norman being a... well, a psycho. I want to see weird incestual relationships between Norman and Norma, Norman losing his shit and freaking out. 

I get that the show is trying (and mostly succeeding) at making Norman sympathetic. It's trying to show how he got so weird and the weird family he came from. Finally we're getting some insight into that.

The Walking Dead: Alone

You didn't fool me, Walking Dead! I knew immediately that the beginning scene was a flashback. It was nice to see Glenn and Daryl together again, even if it was just a brief flashback instead of meeting up again for realsies.

As expected, we're moving away from character-specific episodes and into ones that sort of jump between groups. This time we're jumping between Maggie, Sasha, and... man... I can never remember that last guy's name. Bob? Anyway, it's between that group and Daryl and Beth.

Bates Motel: Gone But Not Forgotten

I was hoping Bates Motel would be more of a horror-based show, but it's turning into a soap opera of sorts. I think it's main pitfall is that every character, even the villians, are sympathetic.

Norman is a pyscho... obviously. He killed his dad and his teacher. He stalks poor Bradley. And yet, they paint him as misunderstood. He's not the total creep he was in the movies. And I suppose that's done partially on purpose.