Bates Motel Series Finale (S5Ep10): The Cord Review/Recap SPOILERS

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

**Spoilers Ahead

After five years, the story of Norman Bates has come to an end.

Norman is forced by Romero at gun point to take him to Norma’s body. Reggie is left on the side of the road to flag down help, while Romero and Norman make their way into the he woods.

Romero is over come with grief when he finds Norma’s body buried in the snow and senselessly beats Norman before returning to his grief. His fatal error? Turning is back on the psycho behind him. Without Romero’s attention on him, Norman strikes him over the head with a rock until he has the upper hand and grabs for Romero’s gun and kills him.

After killing Romero, Norman is visited by Norma who tells him that it’s time for her to go because now that Romero is dead, there’s nothing for her to protect him from. Norman than falls into a dream where he goes back into the past to when he and Norma first bought the motel and moved to Oregon. Upon awakening Norman gathers Norma’s body and brings her back to the motel, all the while stuck in the past.

At home, Norman ‘reopens’ the motel and checks in a mother and her two boys, one of which is named Dylan. With the reminder of his brother, Norman calls Dylan and invites him over to have dinner with him and Mother. Clueing in that Norman has checked into a past reality, Dylan calls Emma and begins his final goodbyes, not knowing how the visit with his brother will end. Before going up to the house Dylan tells the mother and her two sons to leave the motel because it is unsafe.

Up at the house Norman has prepared dinner, and tells Dylan to go sit at the table with mother. Upon seeing Norma’s body, Dylan gets sick and Norman tries to comfort him. Seeing just how far gone Norman is, Dylan tries to reason with him, but Norman refuses to accept that Norma is dead, and that’s he’s living in the past. With Dylan refusing to accept his new reality Norman tries to stab Dylan, which forces Dylan to shoot Norman. Dying in Dylan’s arms, Norman is reunited with Norma.

The police arrive soon after to take Norman and Norma away, and find Romero’s body in the woods. Dylan returns back to Seattle, and is seen dropping his daughter (now older) off at school with Emma. The motel is eventually sold, and the last shot, is of Norma and Norman’s shared grave stone, with Norma’s side left bare except for dates.

Bates Motel S5Ep9: Visiting Hours Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological thriller

Norman is arrested for the murders of Audrey, Sam, and Jim Blackwell. At the station he is fingerprinted, and while talking to his lawyer, is advised to plead guilty due to insanity. Norman/”Mother” refuse to spend the rest of his life in an insane asylum. Norman’s lawyer pleads with Dylan to stand by Norman at his preliminary hearing, or else there’s a chance Norman can be found guilty and sentenced with the death penalty.

After recieving news of her mother’s death, and that Norman was the one who killed her, Emma isn’t exactly thrilled that Dylan is considering helping Norman, and leaves to deal with her mother’s affairs.

Dylan arrives at Norman’s hearing, but quickly leaves when the Sheriff Greene begins to go over the evidence against Norman, including Audrey’s autopsy. Dylan wasn’t the only one to leave the hearing, but is approached by Madeleine who asks how he can live with himself, knowing that he did nothing to stop Norman, knowing what he was capable of.

After returning from spreading her mother’s ashes, Emma makes the decision to return home, but understands Dylan’s reason for feeling conflicted about his brother. But before heading home, Emma makes a stop at the station to visit Norman where she finally understands that the Norman she once knew is gone, instead she meets “Mother” and asks “Mother” to give him a message for her, “tell him I miss him”.

While filling up the cars gas tank, Romero sees the local paper stating Norman arrest. Romero goes into a frenzy. When at the station he holds Reggie at gunpoint and forces her to lead him into the station where he holds all the officers at gun point until he’s taken to Norman. Forcing Norman out, and having Reggie lock the officers in his cell, Romero begins to strangle Norman, before one of the deputy’s tells him to stop. Grabbing Norman, he demands Norman take him to Norma’s body.

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Bates Motel S5Ep8: The Body Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thieriot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Sheriff Greene arrives at the house, and questions Norman about his confession, and while he’s in a hurry to get the arrest over with before “Mother” can show up, Greene doesn’t believe Norman actually killed anyone. But instead thinks he’s doing this for attention, but keeps him in the station jail cell until further notice. While in there, Norman is given his meds, but is forced to puke them back up by “Mother” who takes over Norman’s body and attempts to fix the mess he created.

“Mother” agrees, when talking to Greene, that she confessed to Sam’s murder for attention, but only to take attention away from Sam’s real killer, Madeleine, who he had a fight with previously. “Mother” also blames her/Norman’s willingness to confess, and lack of focus on having his meds withheld. But once news hits that Audrey’s body was pulled from the lake, Greene arrests Norman for three murders, and Dylan is left to tell Emma the terrible news, and left with a difficult choice. Help Norman, or watch be sent to prison.

Meanwhile Romero has made his way back to the motel, and finds Chick in the basement writing his book. Chick reveals that Norman dug up Norma’s body and has been keeping her at the house until recent events that forced him to bury her in the woods. Chick continues on taunting Romero about how his and Norma’s relationship to the perfectly tragic, heartfelt, yet heartbreaking story, and enthusiasticly types away at his typewriter, prompting an angry response from Romero, who shoots Chick.

Catch Bates Motel Mondat nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep7: Inseparable Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Max Thierot, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre” Psychological Thriller 

After killing Sam, Norman is in an almost in a comatose state. He’s unable to function, and “Mother” has to take over and tells Norman he has to dispose of the body. While disposing of Sam’s body, Norman sees the police searching the lake, and pulling out a body. Back at the motel Sheriff Greene informs Norman that they’ve found Jim Blackwells body along with several others. Fearing that it will lead to an investigation of the house, Norman takes Norma’s body into the woods and buries her.

After learning the death of his mother, Dylan returns to White Pine Bay to see Norman and learns from the local pharmacist, while picking up Norman’s medication, that Dr. Edwards has been missing for over a year and he is presumed dead. On his way home, Dylan runs into Madeleine who asks if he’s seen Sam at the motel because he had not returned after their fight the previous night.

When Dylan gets back to the house he asks Norman about whether or no he’s seen Sam, and begs Norman to take his medication beacause he’s not well. Furious “Mother” surfaces, claiming that she can only love one son, and tries to kill Dylan. Intervening, Norman stops “Mother” and pins her down, but Dylan watches on as Norman struggles with himself. Guilt rushes through him, and Norman calls 911 and confess to Sam’s murder.

Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep6: Marion Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Max Thieroit, Olivia Cook
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychologocal Thriller

Marion (Rihanna) has checked into Bates Motel, but has managed to survive one more day. That doesn’t make her stay a pleasant one. After sharing a brief meal with Norman, Marion can’t seem to get her mind of Sam, and asks Norman for his address, who reveals to her that he’s married. Not believing Noramn, Marion goes to Sam’s to find him fighting with Madeleine, who later locks him out of the house when he goes to confront Marion whose’s smashing his car’s windows.

Madeleine returns to the motel where Norman and “Mother” are agreeing over whether or not they should let Marion live, but Norman refuses to kill her. Instead he let’s Marion leave the motel. Same later comes to the motel to smooth things over with Marion, only to find her gone, and decides to clean himself up before returning home. While Norman may have had some sympathy for Marion, there’s none for Sam, and stabs him to death in the shower.

Marion isn’t the only one who had to learn bad news from someone else. After finding Norma’s death online, Emma bears the tragic news to Dylan, who calls Norman, furious for not being told sooner.

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Big Little Lies (Mini Series) Review *SPOILERS*

  • Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Laura Dern
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Dark, comedy-drama

*Fair warning, there are SPOILERS down below.*
Well, that was interesting. As a whole, I found the show entertaining, exciting, humorous, and a well done suspenseful mystery. Between the mini series and the book there were a few changes, both details that were left out, and changes to some of the characters. I’d say none of the changes though were bad, just simply added to create more drama.

Even though the truth never verbally came out, I think it’s safe to say that Ed knows about his wife’s affair with the director of the play, and so does the director’s wife. Throughout the show Nathan was always insinuating that Ed had a problem with him, but with evidence tonight, it was the other way around with Ed only retaliating to whatever nonsense that Nathan brought up. 

But I think the biggest question I have is about the finale. While no words were spoken the show still did a good job at displaying the horrible truth of who Ziggy’s father is, but the manner of which Perry died, I wonder why they chose to leave out why Bonnie was the one to kill him? In the books it’s because her own parents were in an abusive relationship and she and her siblings witnessed it happening. So when Perry confesses to, one, abusing Jane, and two witnessing Perry hit Celeste, it triggers past memories for Bonnie. 

Also since this is a show that circulates around drama, another surprising note is that they didn’t add the the whole nanny affair situation.

Ever in the show seemed perfectly cast, although there were moments where I felt Shailene Woodley was a little out of place, but then again Jane was supposed to feel that way so I can’t decide if that was just Shailene displaying excellent acting skills, or if she’s really didn’t fit in.

The actors that stood out the most were Nicole Kidman, Alexander Skarsgard, Reese Witherspoon, and Iain Armitage as Ziggy. For someone so young, he did a terrific job at playing a role that was the centre of all the drama spewing about. Armitage can also been seen playing a young Sheldon Cooper in the new Big Bang Theory prequel titled, ‘Young Sheldon‘, with casting news just released on March 13, 2017.
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The Masked Truth (Book Review)

  • Title: The Masked Truth
  • Author: Kelley Armstrong
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; division of Random House
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2015
  • Edition: 2015 Hardcover
  • Special Features: None
  • Pages: 340
  • Price: $21.99 CAN ($17.99 US)
  • ISBN: 978-0-385-68475-0

This was so different from anything else I’ve read from Kelley Armstrong. Different, but good. A weekend therapy camp that was suppose to do wonders for it’s recipients, turned out to be the makings of a real life nightmare.

Not only is there no supernatural/paranormal element to this book, which is the signature in pretty much every Kelley Armstrong novel. But Armstrong takes on something that can be intimidating and hard to pull off without coming cross as ignorant or crass. Many of the characters were dealing with mental disorders, and Armstrong handled each person’s case with care, and made each one of them realistic.

As I reached the third act of the book, it completely threw me. I was not expecting the curve ball that was thrown, or how the ending turned out, and who was involved in the terror that went down Friday night. Turns out if you connect the dots from several different parties, more then one case can by solved.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars

Would I recommend: Yes, not only is it something different from Kelley Armstrong, but it’s also different from any other YA novel I’ve read. It’s talks about mental disorders, but not in a way that’s insensitive, but also how the character learn to accept, and work on ife’s everyday challenges.
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Big Little Lies – Book Review

  • Title: Big Little Lies
  • Author: Liane Moriarty
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House, zBerkley
  • Publication Date: July 2014
  • Edition: 2017 paperback, mini series tie in.
  • Special Features: Discussion questions
  • Pages: 486
  • Price: $22.00 CAN
  • ISBN: 978-0-399-58719-1 

Wanting to read this before the show finished, I quickly completed it in a matter of days. And boy am I glad I did. One, I did not see (part) of the ending coming, and two, the changes that were made. Were they all necessary? No. And I’m not talking about them leaving out details from the book, but adding new material to the show that wasn’t even remotely hinted at in the book.

It was still a great book though, despite the difference. It’s about murder, but told not only with great suspense and fills your need for a great mystery, it does so in a way that is  humorous and exciting. The relationships between the characters are believable, and you can picture them all as real people you’d run into on the street, at school, or through mutual friends.

Overall rating: 5/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: I would definitely recommend this book, if you’re in need of a good mystery novel.

Bates Motel S5Ep5: Dreams Die First Review/Recap

  • Cast: Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Norman runs into an old friend from his past, Dr.Edwards, and the two have a chat that stirs up memories for Norman, reminding him that he occasionally takes on the role of “Mother”. Like he did the previous night. After getting a phone call from the bartender at White Horse Bar, telling Norman that his car was left in the parking lot, Noramn is left confused when the bartender recognizes him, but Norman swears they’ve never met. What throws him off even further if when he returns to get information on “Mother” the patrons in the bar recognize him, include one man in particular who follows Norman into the bathroom, and tries to seduce him. Having a flashback of “Mother” and this man having sex in the back of his car, Norman leaves and returns back to the motel.

Marion is triedof the distance between her and Sam, and the mistreatment she gets at work. So when her boss asks her to deposit $400,000 into the company’s bank account, Marion decides that this is her chance to get out of Seattle, and start a new life with Sam. Taking the money, Marion packs, and makes her way the White Pine Bay, and stops at the motel.

 With all his business trips to Seattle, Madeleine confronts Sam on his affair. Dylan and Emma seem to be having their own little marital spat. Dylan has had no contact with Norma or Norman since he left, and tells Emma that her mother checked into the motel, but never checked out. Later that night, Emma learns about Norma’s suicide.
Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.

Bates Motel S5Ep4: Hidden Review/Recap

  • Freddie Highmore, Vera Farmiga, Olivia Cooke, Max Thieriot
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Psychological Thriller

Caleb is dead, and Chick offers to dispose of the body at the lake. The Sheriff is beginning to figure out that something is off with Norman, and when she learns that Jim Blackwell not only skipped out on his parole, but he also served time at the same prison as Romero, who she also recently learned escaped. After questioning Norman at the motel, and informing the news of Romero’s escape, she’s left with no answers as to why Jim had the motel’s address, and when he’d been there. After finding no name in the guest registry, the Sheriff leaves.

Norman is in a constant hallucinatic state, and just can’t seem to escape “Mother”. After learning that Jim’s name has disappeared from the registry, Norman and “Mother” go looking for his car that “Mother” had previously hid and hope it dispose of it before the police find it.

Later, Norman and Madeleine have dinner at her house, and while the two start the makings of a cake, they share a kiss. But Norman starts to have another psychotic break, and begins to see flashes of Madeleine on the floor with her throat cut, and flees back to the motel.
Catch Bates Motel Monday nights at 7PM on A&E.