Apparently, Bates Motel will challenge everything that I think I know. I’m sure it won’t, but this trailer-featurette does make it look pretty good. The casting is a big part of it, lead by Freddie Highmore as Norman and Vera Farmiga as Norma.
The potential is strong. When Bates Motel comes along in March, it could give A&Ea high-flying hit.
But here’s hoping they’ve worked out a proper arc for these characters – it could become quite frustrating if Norman develops too quickly, or too slowly. There’s an obvious endgame, providing they’re playing fair with established continuity, but it could be hard pacing the journey towards it.