Bates Motel Episodes 1 & 2

I’ve been really looking forward to this show ever since I first realized it was going to be happening. So, when it premiered I was a bit dismayed. I didn’t really like the first episode all that much. And, no, it had nothing to do with the more modern setting and modern technology. I actually DO like that about the show. It was one of the things that made me excited about it.

However, I thought the reactions to things were off. Like, Norman realizing something was wrong even before he noticed anything off in the house. Norma’s reaction to her husband dead on the floor. NOBODY thinking to check if he was still alive or to call 911 or anything. I mean, even you think Norma killed her husband (which is entirely possible as far as I’m concerned), I would expect her to fake concern and confusion.

Also, the rape scene with Keith Summers was off, as well. It didn’t really seem to serve a purpose except for shock value and to make the audience uncomfortable. I realize that his death may play a complicating role in her and Norman’s lives in that town soon, but there were a lot of situations they could have put her in that would have made more sense to the story instead of having him rape her.

I’m not against rape scenes in television or movies, or even books. So long as they serve a purpose and are organic to the plot and don’t seem like they’re just there to shock the audience and nothing more.

Also, another thing that bothered me about Norma being raped was that…not for a single second did she ever act like a rape survivor. It was like it never happened and didn’t even bother her. Which I found extremely odd. I realize that people react in different ways to horribly traumatic events like that, but when you add rape into a show it’s important to show that it isn’t just no big deal. That it has real and complicated emotional consequences for the person who was raped. If they had done that, I might have been able to just overlook the fact that the rape itself seemed to serve no actual purpose.

Now, the confrontation in the yard, the break-in, and the murder of Keith Summers? Yeah, those posed a purpose. I’m not saying they didn’t.

But, I mean, it was just stuff like that that sort of made the first episode seem off to me and made me dislike it a bit. It made me disappointed to the point where I was worried about the future of the show. If the first episode was THAT off, I wasn’t sure what that would say about the rest of the show.

That being said, I have to say that I’m glad I decided not to give up on it. I said I’d give it a few more episodes, maybe an entire season, to see if it picked up and got any better. And I’m glad that I did, because I really liked episode 2 a lot.

Everything was just right for episode 2, as far as I’m concerned. Nothing stuck out that bothered me or seemed particularly off about the episode. There were things I liked or disliked regarding characters, but it was just the typical, “this character is a douchebag, I don’t like them” sort of thing. Stuff that isn’t bad for the show, because we need douchebag characters! :p

For example, Norma’s oldest son Dylan. I was hoping that we’d get to see him show up in the show, although I was a little surprised to see him so soon (not that that is a bad thing, I was just not expecting it…being able to surprise me is a good aspect). Dylan is a douchebag character. He treats his mother like crap. He’s outwardly hostile and rude to both her and Norman, although more to her than to Norman.

I realize that he dislikes her because she fooled around with someone else behind his father’s back, and she shows no actual remorse for it. Or, at least that’s how it sounds. And because when she had Norman (by the same guy she was fooling around on his dad with, married or not that pissed him off it seems) the new baby was immediately the clear favorite. Which is probably why he’s not too fond of Norman, either. Norman is the favorite and he sees Norman as a kiss-ass who likes and always sides with Norma. Or at least, that’s probably how he perceives it.

And this is actual family stuff, this makes sense. There’s nothing weird about the fact that he hates Norma for these reasons and that that projects a bit onto Norman for being the favorite. Feeling betrayed, abandoned, etc. is not weird for a son in this position. Moving away without telling him and making it as difficult as possible for him to find them, whether she did that with him in mind or not, definitely didn’t help since he is quick to throw that in her face every chance he gets.

And he’s right to say that when you’re down and out you should be able to call on family to help you. To give you a place to stay and food to eat until you get back on your feet. In this day in age, it’s also not weird to expect to at least be able to ask for a loan (although, I get the feeling that he has to do this quite a lot and perhaps doesn’t ever pay her back and likely may not even intend to since he dislikes her so intensely).

However…none of that means he’s not a douchebag. He is wrong to assume that just because she’s his mother and that’s his family that he can treat them like trash under his boot in their own home (after he has clearly been on his own for some time and seems to be a legal adult). The last time they saw each other, he apparently called her a bitch and told her to go to hell. Now he’s treating her horribly in her own home while enjoying a warm bed, food whenever he wants it, a roof over his head. A safe haven. When he admittedly has nowhere to go. And he expects money from her. And he wasn’t too pleased to find out that she expected him to at least help out around the house and motel while he was there. He expected to get ALL of this not only for free, but while he was doing his level best to be a jerk and to disrespect her in her own home. That’s not okay.

I would have thrown Dylan out the second I realized he was not going to act like a civilized human being toward me in my own home. The guy is her son, but he’s also an adult who has made it clear he hates her and dislikes having anything to do with her. She made an attempt to let him stay, but he did his best to ruin it for himself.

I do NOT think he was out of line to beat up Norman in the kitchen, though. Norman had every right to be angry upon realizing that his brother had their mother listed under The Whore on his phone. But, that does not give him the right to attack Dylan for it. And when he did, Dylan had every right to defend himself, which is exactly what that was. And when he thought it was over and turned his back Norman was going to hit him in the head (probably extremely hard) with a meat tenderizer. That is such a dangerous thing to do that it could have killed Dylan or rendered him brain damaged. And I don’t doubt for a second that Norman was hoping to kill him in that moment. You don’t attack someone with a meat tenderizer, aiming for their head like that, if you aren’t intending to do some serious and permanent damage. Have you ever picked one of those up? For such a small kitchen implement, they’re kind of heavy. They’re supposed to be.

So, as far as I’m concerned Dylan did nothing wrong in the kitchen when he beat up his little brother. He was defending and protecting himself. Nothing more, nothing less. And he seemed rather unnerved by the entire ordeal. Not sure if that was intentional on the actor’s part, but that’s the way it came off to me. Especially after he realized that Norman had come after him with what amounts to a grooved hammer, intending to strike him in the head with all the force he could muster.

It was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Norma, though. The thing that finally had her telling him to pack his stuff and go. Although, I think she’d probably just been itching for a reason. She had plenty of them, if you ask me, but those were mostly slights against her personally and not against Norman. And this way she can say that she kicked her oldest son out of the house for Norman. That she doesn’t care what happens to her, but if it’s negatively impacting Norman then out goes the trash. Whatever or whoever that trash may be.

I don’t think she was lying for a second when she told Dylan she hated him earlier in the show.

While I think Dylan is a douchebag, he seems to be carving out a place for himself in that town, whether Norma is aware of it or not and whether she likes it or not. So, I’m hoping that despite his having to leave he’s still going to be a regular on the show. At least for a while this season. He’s the type of character that I love to hate and who isn’t so black-and-white.

Another character I’m not too fond of is Emma. All of the girls Norman’s age in that town seem to have personal space and boundary issues, but Emma seems to have them in spades. This might just be me, though. Maybe I have a distorted or otherwise weird concept of boundaries. But, she seems to think that she’s entitled to be allowed to take things that belong to Norman, even if it’s just borrowing, just so long as she asks first. It doesn’t occur to her that he might say no or that it might make him uncomfortable.

For example, she doesn’t know him very well but she sort of forced her way into studying at his house. He was clearly going to suggest another venue, but she interrupted him with a demand to meet at a specific time at his house anyway. And then left. When she got there, after they went upstairs, she found that notebook that he’d found and kept hidden under his bed. When she found it, she immediately wanted to open it and look at it regardless of what it might be. It could have been his personal journal, but she didn’t seem to care.

When he told her it was nothing and wanted it back, she immediately refused, moving it out of his reach and opening it to read it anyway. She didn’t care that this made him uncomfortable. And then when she asked to borrow it, she was already reaching for her backpack to put it in there AS she asked. She wasn’t waiting for him to give her permission or not.

If Norman were less socially awkward, she might not be able to get away with acting so rudely to him. But, he clearly likes to please people and he wants to fit in and he wants friends and he perhaps even wants a girlfriend or at least for a girl to like him in that manner, whether it’s Bradley or Emma. Just so long as someone deems him worthy to spend time with and to be interested in, although I don’t think for a moment that he feels they necessarily go hand-in-hand or that he’s entitled to that.

Now, clearly we can infer a lot about the future based on the movie Psycho. And we can see that his penchant for murder is already developing. And he’s got a torture kit under his bed, from the looks of it. A small one, but it’s there. He’s more into what he sees going on in that little book than it might otherwise appear. And we do know that at some point his attachment to his mother ends up going beyond just the usual mama’s boy thing.

Maybe I’m inferring too much from what we’ve seen in just two episodes so far, but it looks to me like he’s already on his way to becoming the serial killer we know of in the movie.

Still, this is stuff that the viewing audience is aware of and NOT something that anybody in the show is aware of, which is important to keep in mind.

Anyway, while I was disappointed with the first episode, I really liked the second episode (even the characters I dislike are awesome) and I hope that that’s a good indication of whether or not I will like the rest of the season. 😀

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New SyFy show: Defiance – Trailer

I just found this trailer a moment ago. I haven’t heard about this show until just now, but it looks pretty awesome! I like the fact that there are obviously all these different species and races of people even though it seems to take place right here on Earth, presumably in the future. Like a Star Trek taking place on Earth type thing! Sorta. You get what I mean! :p

This show’s premiere date is currently set for April 15, 2013. That’s a Monday, folks, so hopefully everybody’s Monday is gonna get a little brighter! 🙂

Not that it isn’t already bright, what with The Following and Deception, but hey…the more the merrier!

Supernatural 8×17 Extended Preview: Goodbye Stranger

I don’t usually post a lot of episode previews, extended or otherwise, on here but I thought that since Supernatural is in a bit of a hellatus (which is made less agonizing by SinCon in Las Vegas, Nevada going on at the moment) that I would go ahead and post this. We’re all looking forward to when it returns!

From this preview, it does look like some pretty awesome stuff is going to go down. Cas returns, Crowley comes back, even Meg shows up. We’re getting close to the end of the season, I think, so it stands to reason that we’re getting into the real meat of this season’s big issue. It looks like we’re getting into the real action right off the bat when the show returns.

Supernatural returns March 20, 2013 with episode 17 of Season 8, Goodbye Stranger.

In addition to the extended preview above, have some promotional photos from Goodbye Stranger, as well, from BuddyTV.

BBC’s Sherlock Series 3 Begins Filming

Finally, now that fans have nearly died frothing at the mouth to find out when we’re going to get more of BBC’s awesome show Sherlock, there is a confirmed date.

March 18, 2013 will be the day that filming for series 3 finally begins!

The delays have mostly been due to the fact that Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are highly sought-after (and highly talented) actors. But, now things are worked out so that their schedules can be worked around while filming for s3.

This news comes from Sherlockology.

Supernatural Shake

I’m sure by now everyone’s seen this, but I just wanted to put it up here in case.

I also just one to take a second to mention that I absolutely love that Jensen’s the one doing this and Jared’s just kind of totally oblivious off to the side messing with what looks like a phone. :p

This is gold, people! Pure, hilarious gold.

Teen Wolf season 3 premiere revealed

I just read an article I found on my Twitter TL that says we finally get a confirmed date for when Teen Wolf returns to MTV. I have to say, it’s about time! I’ve seen the fandom lately and people are going nuts with all of this withdrawal!

Teen Wolf returns for s3 on June 3, 2013!!

It feels like it’s going to take forever to get to June, but hey…it’s better than August or September! Not that that was ever a possibility. Most fans had already figured out the most likely return date would be sometime in June. I’m just really good at panicking. Like, if it were an Olympic sport I’d totally win every time.

Still, it’s great that we finally have a confirmed date for the return of Teen Wolf. Some fans on Twitter have already started a countdown for how many days are left before we get the first ep of s3 (104 days).

Recap: Supernatural 8×10

There are spoilers contained within this, so please be warned of that. If you have NOT seen this episode yet and do not want to be spoiled on what happens, then please do not read any further. If you do, I won’t take your complaints about it seriously. Because, you’ve been warned.

I just want to say right now that I absolutely love this episode. I still wanted to smack Sam (repeatedly), but it was an awesome episode anyway. I think that this episode ushers in the brothers getting back to business, back to the way they usually act as brothers. There might still be some tension and such, but I think it’s finally on the proper track.

First of all, am I the only person who saw this episode’s beginning and thought Sam and Dean were both arguing about women? I mean, Sam’s issue was a woman, but the issue he had with Dean was Benny. Nothing could get back to normal as long as Sam was hung up on getting back together with Amelia, but Sam was pretty much saying the same thing to Dean about Benny.

Dean: It’s either me or the chick.
Sam: It’s me or the vamp.

Seriously. To me their whole argument seemed like two brothers who were both fighting over the fact that each one hand a romance in their life that was getting in the way and neither could get over. Either they both get rid of their partners, or they both go separate ways.

Now, I realize that’s mostly my fangirl talking. I probably slipped my Wincest Goggles on by accident (yes, those are totally a thing). But, the show is also known for throwing fangirls a few bones here and there (no pun intended, I promise) as far as the popular slash pairings go. And while Wincest has not been the most popular pairing since Destiel came along, it’s still a close second. Wincest and Destiel fangirls are that show’s bread and butter. And the writers have, pretty much since the beginning, played it up a little bit just for fun.

Remember in the earlier seasons before Castiel came along, the gay jokes about Sam and Dean were a running gag in the show. And they still are to some extent. They pop up every once in a while to this day. And let’s not even get started on the Destiel hints and jokes.

Are either Wincest or Destiel (or both!) canon? Well, there’s some debate on that. I don’t believe so (no matter what Misha Collins says!) but the writers DEFINITELY have fun with acknowledging the fangirls who enjoy those pairings. And the cast seems to get a giggle out of it, too.

Anyway, back to the actual episode at hand here!

I wish I could say that I was totally shocked that Sam’s bitchfest could not be lessened even by getting laid. He has a big fight with his brother over Amelia (and Benny), then later Amelia shows up because Don (her not-actually-dead-after-all husband) is out of town. We have no idea why, she sort of only vaguely answers that question by saying he does that a lot since he got back. Is she implying that he’s still working through a lot of stuff and leaves town a lot to be alone and clear his head or whatever he has to do to be okay, or did he take a job that requires him to travel? We don’t know.

However, Sam is still in town!! And she naturally goes right over there (probably without Don’s knowledge…I’m not convince Don even knows Sam is in town again in the first place) and they bone. Because, I mean, what else is there to do except cheat on your husband?

Seriously, I can give her a pass for being with Sam in the first place. She thought her husband was dead and never coming back. I can understand her confusion and mixed feelings after Don suddenly returns, hale and hearty (well probably some mental issues, because it’d be weird if he was sans those considering what he’s been through, but work with me here!). But, this is just all-out cheating on Don at this point. As far as Don knows, Sam’s out of the picture and Amelia’s with Don again.

I guess I’m only assuming he has no idea that Sam’s in town and that his wife went over there to have sex with him (because it happened awfully fast for someone who didn’t plan that particular activity or at least wasn’t hoping for it to happen). Especially since she made a point of saying that Don was out of town.

I’m not too invested in her character, though, so I don’t really care that she’s cheating on her husband.

But, as I said, even getting laid didn’t help Sam’s personal bitchfest that he had going on. Now that Dean had left again, leaving Sam right there to do whatever he wanted and make whatever decision he wanted, Sam seems less interested in staying with Amelia.

He and Amelia talk about how they’re going to deal with this love triangle they’ve got going on. Amelia’s ultimatum (which we heard teased so much for this episode) is unsurprisingly that Sam needs to leave and never come back OR stay and be with Amelia. All or nothing, either he’s in or he’s out, but there’s nothing in between because it just complicates things and hurts too much.

So, they come up with this idea that in two days after they’ve had a while to think everything through, they’d show up after she gets off work at the motel room again. If they’re both there, then great. She’ll leave Don and be with Sam for good. If not, then they’ll go their separate ways for good.

Simple! And I know what you’re thinking. Something is going to happen to waylay Sam, he won’t get there in time, she’ll assume that his absence is his answer (like they agreed) and it’ll be a huge misunderstanding that Sam will forever regret but be unable to fix and angst-angst-angst.

How do I know that’s what you were thinking? Nah, I’m not a mind-reader. Don’t worry. That was just simply my first thought when I heard her lay out this weird plan of hers.

And sure enough, Castiel needs help. He has to rescue Samandriel, the cute and adorable angel in the Weenie waiter outfit. This is important to him, but Dean won’t even hear of dragging Sam into it. His response is that Sam is gone and that’s final. And it doesn’t matter anyways, because they don’t need Sam.

Cas only brings it up twice as far as I remember, but he doesn’t drop it just because he’s stopped talking about it. He realizes that getting through to Dean via conversation is not going to happen. So, after they go to see Kevin and he sends Cas on a supply run so they can make some more demon bombs (which actually turn out to be more like emergency flares shaped like very long pipe bombs — totally AWESOME), he comes back with an extra essential.

Yep, Sam. He somehow talked Sam into returning with him. At some point, while they’re alone together, Sam and Dean get into another awkward bitchfight (which is actually different than most of their bitchfights in seasons past, which is why they’re so awkward) and Dean, who is just tired of it, gives Sam another ultimatum.

Either go with Amelia, live his life with her, and be happy. Or stay away from her forever and stick with Dean and hunting. But, instead of giving the whole “it hurts ME too much to do the in-between stuff” thing like Amelia did, Dean pretty much laid it out flat. The in-between stuff gets hunters killed and that’s why it’s a no-no. Also, he wants Sam to be happy.

And he admits that he’s a little jealous of the fact that Sam has always been able to separate the hunter part of him, he’s the one that has been able to just get up and leave, he’s the one that’s always wanted that “normal” life and the one that could probably have it if he didn’t keep getting dragged back into it.

But, bottom line really seems to be that he doesn’t want Sam to get killed doing that halfway shit and he wants Sam to be happy.

This seems to soften Sam’s resolve a little. And it actually gives me another thought entirely. Maybe the real point of all of this bitching and sulking shit that Sam’s been doing is a little more about taking his frustrations of his life out on Dean a little and being rebellious. Or am I the only one that noticed that the second it seemed like Dean was giving in and wasn’t going to fight Sam on it anymore, Sam suddenly had all these doubts about staying with Amelia? Maybe, it really was just me who saw that and I’m just nuts.

Now, here Dean is saying outright. Sam can go with Amelia and live a happy life together. He has his brother’s blessing, and while he doesn’t NEED Dean’s blessing to do that he still got it and they don’t have to argue about it anymore.

Sometime before Sam showed up (if I’m remembering the chronology right) Benny had called Dean and tried to tell him he was getting close to the end of his rope. He’s watching a family picnic in the park (it looks like a park) while talking to Dean on the phone.

I’m sure it wasn’t a stretch for most viewers to understand what Benny was telling him. He’s close to falling off the wagon again, he needs Dean to bring him some more blood.

Dean’s advice is to hang in there, take it a day at a time, and he’ll get there when he can. He’s kind of busy at the moment, but they set up a time to meet.

Sound like what Sam and Amelia have going on? I realize that Sam and Amelia are a romantic couple, and Dean and Benny aren’t a romantic couple (that doesn’t stop fangirls, though!), but that was a pretty obvious parallel between the brothers. Come on. They’ve both got people in their lives that are causing friction between them, and now both of them have made a pact that they’ll meet up somewhere with that someone. The writers didn’t do that by accident, it was meant to be noticed as a parallel.

Poor Cas, too. He’s in over his head and he doesn’t even know it. The brothers DO help Cas save Samandriel. And it’s successful! However, Cas had started to have some memories about what Naomi (the heavenly CEO, apparently) had done to him in order to control him. He doesn’t realize yet that he’s being controlled, nor does he realize what that memory even means or why he’s having it. But it comes back and messes him up a bit and Naomi forces him to kill Samandriel while the Winchesters are still in the abandoned factory fighting demons.

Cas doesn’t even know why he did it. She brought him up while Samandriel was trying to tell him what was actually going on, that Heaven was controlling the angels, that something sinister was going on up there and that he was in danger of dying if Cas brought him back there. He didn’t get to answer the question of WHY, though, before Naomi yanked Cas up. He wasn’t cooperative when she told him to kill Samandriel, so…she forced him by using the fact that she can now control Cas the same way she can control the other angels.

Afterwards, she brings Cas back up into her office suite. Cas is very confused. He knows what he’s done, but he doesn’t understand why. She explains to him that Samandriel was a traitor, that he’d told about the angel tablet. Cas is understandably upset that he’d just killed one of his brothers, whom he’d been trying to save instead, just to protect a tablet. Naomi attempts to impress upon him the importance of the tablet and that it’s more important than any one angel. Cas doesn’t seem convinced, if you ask me.

However, he’s already done the execution. He returns with instructions to tell Sam and Dean, who’ve just shown up, that Samandriel was not himself and had attacked Cas and Cas had killed Heaven’s cutest angel in self-defense. And that now he has to take the cutie’s body back up to Heaven. Naomi wants to dissect it, but of course he can’t say that part.

While saying goodbye and ignoring the words of protest from Dean, Cas cries a single tear of blood, but waves it off as possible damage to his vessel before leaving.

Dean later calls Benny, now that everything’s all over…or well at least that particular botched angel rescue, to tell him that he wants to break up won’t be showing up at their scheduled meeting. Yeah, he’ll always be grateful for everything Benny did, he’ll never forget Benny, and he hopes he’ll stay good but it’s the end of the road for them.

Benny is understandably upset (especially since we’ve seen that he now only has one single bag of blood left), but covers it up valiantly by saying that it’s okay and thanks for the ride.

They hang up and we cut to Amelia, who shows up at the designated spot, unlocks the motel room door and goes inside to…a dark, notably empty, motel room. She’s disappointed, but understands what it means.

Cut back to Dean, who has just turned on the television and Sam comes into view carrying food. Bowls of what might be chili and bottles of beer. They sit down together on the couch to watch television.

Sam had time to go back, it seems, he just chose not to.

Then again, it’s not too surprising. The brothers will always choose each other, it seems. Which is part of why we love them so much!!

I also choose to take this as at least partial confirmation that this was more about Dean than he was letting on. Because, while Dean was fighting him on it he was adamant. Now, after Dean gives his blessing and they don’t have a reason to fight over it anymore, Sam decides he’s not going to take the out. All that stuff about how there’s so much going on now, blah blah blah…I don’t believe that factored in very much at all. He knew that from the start and he was still fighting Dean over it. We’re supposed to believe he had a sudden epiphany after getting what he said he wanted? Nice try.

And it’s not like that would be a stretch for Sam’s personality. He’s always been the rebellious one.

Not that Dean is blameless. He handled the whole Benny thing with Sam the wrong way. He kept him a secret, so Sam felt betrayed right off the bat as soon as he met Benny. Then Dean did his best to rub it in Sam’s face, to make sure that Sam knew that at least for now Benny was a little higher on the totem pole that Sam as far as Dean was concerned. Every point he had to make about how he disliked Sam’s attitude, how he disliked the way Sam was treating him, how he disliked the kind of brother Sam was being, how he himself felt betrayed that instead of looking for him or finding out what happened to him he just gave up and moved on, he used Benny as an example of how Sam should have acted, should be acting now, etc.

That doesn’t excuse all of Sam’s behavior, but after all that shit Sam was not likely to ever be able to accept Benny. Under other circumstances, like if Dean had been upfront from the start about Benny and everything that had happened, and hadn’t used him as an example of a better brother while simultaneously listing all of Sam’s shortcomings, then maybe that would have been different. Maybe Sam would have been able to accept Benny, even if not be buddies with him. And Sam does have a penchant for acting like a self-righteous, arrogant prick whenever he thinks he’s been wronged. And it’s not the first time he’s gone overboard with expressing that, either.

But, I still love Sam and I still love Dean, even in all of their dysfunctional glory. And I hope that the way that this episode ended is a starting point for them getting back to the way they were before Amelia and Benny came into the collective picture. There might still be some tension and friction, but I hope that works its way through and this can be the start of that.

I mean, come on we’re halfway through and I don’t want to wait until the last or second-to-last episode before they’re okay with each other again. <<; I miss muh boys and the LURV they share! Come on!

But, yeah, awesome episode. This recap doesn’t do it justice and I totally left some of the good shit out on purpose. You need to see it in all of it’s live action glory. So, if you haven’t seen it yet (why are you reading this??), go and watch!! It’s more than worth it!