'Bates Motel' Explores Norman's Oedipal Complex and Much More
'Bates Motel' Explores Norman's Oedipal Complex and Much More
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Jennifer Lind-Westbrook
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Legendary "pyscho" Norman Bates and his relationship with his infamous mother is the inspiration of the upcoming A&E series Bates Motel. Norman is played by Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, August Rush, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) while Norma Louise Bates is portrayed by Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up In The Air). 

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According to cast and crew, season one of Bates Motel is a "reimagining" of the famous Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho about a homicidal motel proprietor and his mother. Taking place in present day, a teenage Norman and mother Norma arrive in the fictitious Oregon coastal town of White Pine Bay looking for a fresh start. Seemingly ideal, the picturesque seaside village has a seedy underbelly filled with residents who have secrets of their own. According to producer Carlton Cuse, "This town looks really beautiful on the outside, but underneath it is something very dark and malevolent."

Other cast members include potential love interests for both young Norman and his mother. The audience will also discover that Norman has a half-brother, Dylan Massett, played by Max Theiriot (House at the End of the Street).

From the looks of the trailer, it doesn't take long for trouble to start, and both cast and crew promise some major chills and thrills in the first episode. Also, the Bates' appear to quickly run afoul of the town sheriff played by Nestor Carbonell (Lost), who tells the hotel proprietress, "I am the last person who you want on your bad side Mrs. Bates...," he warns.

Ultimately, at the heart of Bates Motel is the story of a mother and her child. "What parent, on some level, doesn't want to hang on to their kid as long as possible? "questions producer Kerry Ehrin. "What kid doesn't want their mother's complete devotion and approval somewhere along the line?"

With an attractive and talented cast, a beautiful Pacific Northwest location and an iconic protagonist, Bates Motel has the potential to be a hit.
Bates Motel premieres Monday, March 18 at 10pm on A&E.

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