Bates Motel Podcast Episode 6: “The Truth”

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Bates Motel Episode 6

On this week’s episode of the Bates Motel Podcast, Editor in Chief Ricky D and SOS Staff Editor Deepayan Sengupta sit down with SOS contributor Randy of Processed Media to discuss the sixth episode of the A&E show Bates Motel, titled “The Truth”. Among the topics discussed are the questionable acting choices of Vera Farmiga, the character development of Dylan and Norman, and how the events and reveals of this episode will reverberate for the series.

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  1. Mario in Philly says

    Though I like Vera Farmiga’s acting, I agree that the problems and inconsistencies we see in her performance come from what is written. I think she relies on more backstory than we are given – or the confusion of it and she’s had to make a choice in which way to go.

    Norma’s reaction at the beginning of the show was way over the top but her driving around in circles seemed to mirror her state of mind in that she is spinning out of control. Though it was a little out of character, I loved Norman jumping into the car through the passenger window.

    I thought Norma’s nonchalant bored reaction when having sex with Shelby was out of fear and that she didn’t want to give herself away that she knew about Shelby’s part in the sex slave thing. She submitted but wasn’t a willing participant in order to protect herself, knowing now what he could do to her. I initially questioned her having sex with him in the motel, and then thought she didn’t want him in her house. But I didn’t quite understand the location of the room they were in and where they were in relation to the room with the girl. Next door? That must have been a loud shower if it was a few doors down. That was where I had a problem with that scene. It was too convenient.

    And I too didn’t like that Shelby just dies without giving us more background or resolving anything. Where, how, why, and who else is in the sex slave trade. Maybe if it was just isolated with him as a sole participant (i.e. serial killer) it would have played better. Maybe…

    I did like the scenes with Norman and his “blackouts.” It explains a few things but also seems a little too convenient as a storytelling device, which I like. The story structure is odd in lot of places but perhaps we will get something that course corrects it all. Wishful thinking…

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