Bates Motel: Season 4
Some stories are som ingrained in our collective consciousness the characters become elevated to an iconic level. When the events involve a villain of exceptional notoriety, it is understandable that fans would want to know the origins of that character. People crave to know how things came to be, what events could lead to such dire circumstances. This observation applies especially to horror stories where the antagonist is capable of heinous actions. Typically there are two types of villains and such stories, supernatural fiends such as Jason and Freddie, a far beyond d then there are regular human beings who for some reason become monsters far worse than any darkly fanciful creature of the imagination. These are usually serial killers, people devoid of even an iota of empathy or the capability to feeling real emotions. Under such conditions, the need to know how a human being could become such an embodiment of evil, with the form of the person harboring a psychopathic personality. When considering such individuals capable of committing murder with absolutely no sign of remorse, there is always a nagging feeling that was turned him into such a monster could have easily happened to us, a sense of "there but for the grace of God go I." The A&E Television Network has provided some conjecture for least one of the most famous, serial killers in fiction, Norman Bates. Made famous by the Alfred Hitchcock movie, ĎPsycho,' Norman Bates achieved the spot as cinematic monsters made even more frightening by its realistic. The character of Norman Bates was among several horrific killers based on the real serial murderer, Edward Gein, an example of real life being far more unbelievably cruel than anything the cinematic masses of haulers could ever devise. Within the context of the movie, Bates was insane, murdering people who checked into his off the beaten track motel. The film does reveal that one of his earlier victims was his mother that he had assumed her personality, particularly when he was prepared to kill. The television series ĎBates Motelí has just completed its fourth season and ready to enter its fifth. Over the past few years, the audience has been able to observe our soft-spoken young man overly attached to his mother could become a psychopath.
After Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) and her son Norman (Freddie Highmore), relocated their entire lives to White Pine Bay, Oregon, taking ownership of an old motel, the hope of having a carefree life in a small crane town, was never realized. Almost from the first week in their new home violence and murder seem to follow this mother and her son. When the major difficulties with a prequel such as this that the audience knows the outcome of the major characters. We are aware that Norma will die and eventually mummified, and Norman will go on to the deeply disturbing, secondary, covert personality, murdering unsuspecting guests. One of the major aspects of Alfred Hitchcock style made him the master of suspense. He is known to have said that", it does not know a bomb is in the room, but the growing anticipation of when it will finally explode. A major component of the success of this television series is how closely it remained it faithful to the spirit of the masterís technique. There is no doubt that Norman is a bomb waiting to explode with the series focusing on the details of its construction A psychopathy as compulsive, well-hidden and so exceptionally lethal, had to build up over a protracted period, punctuated by events of particularly disturbing psychological damage. For some people, this translated to a pacing that they found disturbingly slow. Great care was taken to tease the audience with carefully planned murders, exquisitely designed to further the story while demonstrating Norman inexorable descent into complete insanity.
In the previous three seasons, we have witnessed Norman as he attempted to fit into his new adult life and responsibility. During this a phase of life we all must endure providing a solid foundation to relate on an emotional basis. The crucial difference is that most of us may have experienced social awkwardness and embarrassment, but thankfully few react but isolating themselves in a cocoon of your delusions. This fourth season brings Norman to that critical tipping point, reaching the set of circumstances that pushes Norman beyond the point of no return. The most significant facet of Normanís rapidly disintegrating physiological stability has his relationship with his mother. The close relationship between a mother and her son is one thing, but Norma and Norma share a bond that exceeds creepy moving swiftly to a moral abomination. In this season Norman becomes suspicious of his mother. His growing concern over what transpires during his blackouts forced him to face a reality that is bit mealy distressing but terrifying. Death follows Norman, impossible not to realize they are connected. Unable to attribute the blame to himself he transfers it to the closest thing to accepting the blame himself, Norma.
Normanís delusions of a dangerously deranged physiological condition were steadily applied to his mother until he became confident Norma was acting irrationally and was determined to blame him. His behavior quickly spirals out of control as the people that offered some degree of stability to Noman leave immediate influence. His step-brother, Dylan Massett (Max Thieriot), had been running marijuana grow house, an activity that placed him dangerously close to an organized criminal syndicate. Dylan has diligently worked towards extricating himself from those endeavors after one last big score. The money was not intended for his benefit but to obtain black-market lungs for transplant. The recipient was Emma Decody (Olivia Cooke), a young woman in the terminal stage of cystic fibrosis. She is one of Normanís closest friends, and at one point an attempt was made to take the relation to a romantic one. When that failed, she became involved with Dylan resulting in abating their potentially stabilizing influence.
Upon reaching the point when Norma can no longer ignore or rationalize her sonís aberrant behavior she reaches the inescapable reality. After much painful deliberation Norma realizes that Norman has passed her ability to manage properly. The only feasible course of action is to commit Norman to a mental health facility. Unfortunately, the only one that could offer compassionate help is far out of her ability to pay. Norma comes up with an unorthodox solution; marry her friend, Sheriff Alex Romero (Nestor Carbonell), so that his health insurance would cover she and her son. Norman manages to gain his released with the agreement of regular outpatient therapy. When he learns that Norma and Alex were married, he becomes enraged. Although Norma and Alex entered into a marriage on connivance in short order, the relationship moves into an intimate one.
Throughout this season we witness the dissolution of Normanís personality. At first, the Norma persona only appears when Norman perceives a threat to their relationship. When the Norma personality is dominant Norman/Norma becomes homicidal, the epitome of the over protective mother acting to preserve her relationship with her son and ensuring his safety. The moment every Psycho fan watching has been waiting for; Norman is fully assuming his motherís personality if only for a brief time. Norman has Ws shown wearing Normaís clothing but one scene, in particular, foreshadows the conclusion of the film as Norma in her dress entirely as she completely possessed as demonstrated by his voice and body language emulating Norma to the minutest detail. He has, for that time, become Norma Bates.
Rarely does a television series manage to delve so deeply into the etiology of such a malignant and dangerous psychopathic disorder. With near-clinical precision, the viewer has been privy to the disintegration of a personality able to observe if minuscule detail the progression of the psychopathy as the personality accedes to the influence and growing dependency of the material personal to its consolidation into an inseparable adjunct of his identity. Normanís greatest fear is losing his mother, either to another man like Alex or the physical and emotional separation of being committed to a psychiatric hospital. By assuming Normaís persona, it would be impossible ever to separate Norman from his mother. The upcoming fifth season promises to be exceptionally exciting as the dual personalityís battle for dominion.