Is it bad when you breathe a sigh of relief when a season concludes? That’s what I did at the end of “Midnight,” the season finale to Bates Motel.
As I predicted last week, a lot of time was dedicated to the Bradley, Dylan, Norman plot line, and Norman did, in fact, get a bit crazy. And while Dylan knows it would be morally, and legally, wrong to pursue anything with Bradley, his denial of interest was weak. Norman’s rage about his perceived relationship between Dylan and Bradley was palatable, and most of us would agree that it was justified. I’m not sure if he felt betrayed by Dylan, since their “brotherhood” is still in its infancy, or if he’s still pissed that he’s been rejected by Bradley.
As far as Dylan becoming a part of the family, he referred to Norma as “mom” for the first time, which Norma was quick to point out. I like the idea of Dylan and Norman becoming closer as brothers, and I even liked the idea of them moving in together, but Dylan and Norma should not get along so well. I get that he’s playing defense for Norman, but the mother-son relationship that’s developing feels genuine, which contradicts how Dylan was introduced to us back in “Nice Town You Picked, Norma…” But, Dylan is a pleaser.
Miss Watson, Norman’s teacher, clearly has the hots for him. And judging by the phone call, Norman may not be the first student she’s had relations with. She’s pretty smart about it though, as she tests Norman’s ability to keep a secret and, in a previous episode, his loyalty to his mother. I don’t think anyone was surprised when Watson began seducing Norman, and the “Norma conscience” was pretty awesome. Awesome, yes, but I don’t see how the seduction was the catalyst for it. One could point to the bomb Norma dropped on Norman earlier, but the two seem unrelated to me.
Yes, with the fear of death looming over her, Norma began to crack in this episode. She sought out Norman’s psychiatrist and left when questions about her childhood became too invasive. Then she confesses a deep, dark secret to Norman because she wanted at least someone in this world to know who she really is (or was, because that’s where her head was at). But what mother drops this kind of news on her son just before he goes on a big date? Sure, she only had a few hours, but still.
And in those few hours, with the help of Sheriff Romero, everything got cleaned up, nicely wrapped, and a bow placed on it – just like every other goddamn episode in Bates Motel. That is, everything was picture perfect until the last scene, which seemed like it was thrown in at the last minute.
Bates Motel started out with such potential, but in the end I’m not even looking forward to Season 2.
Rock Hard \m/