Monday’s Best Reviewed: Bates Motel

Everything’s falling apart at the Bates Motel, but when have they ever been idea, in either this series or the classic movie which spawned it. Norman loses his cool (well, “cool”) on mother in the best received episode of the season. Critics’ fave Jane the Virgin continues to draw high marks — this episode “gracefully weaves together the show’s three layers of reality into one cohesive narrative that embraces telenovela conventions while simultaneously commenting on them” as AV Club puts it. The CW’s period piece Reign and Syfy’s adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys also stay on the right side of eight. The only bust of the night is the first episode of true-history-turns-paranormal series Houdini & Doyle which could be a unique twist to a tired premise — in this case taking real life frenemies Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini as believer and skeptic, respectively, confronting supernatural crimes — but its debut shows few signs of a spark.

Monday, May 2nd’s Best: Bates Motel (9.5/10)

0503yesbesbates.jpgWith an episode penned by Norman Bates himself, actor Freddie Highmore, A&E’s Bates Motel earns its highest reviewer grades of the season. As Vulture‘s Brian Tallerico says in a five star review, “who could possibly know Norman Bates better than the young actor who has played him for almost four seasons?” The episode stirred terror in Carissa Pavlica of TV Fanatic enough to admit to “mentally screaming, RUN, ROMERO, RUN!!!”

The Rest of the Night:

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Jane the Virgin – 8.5

Reign – 8.3

12 Monkeys – 8.1

Gotham – 7.5

Houdini & Doyle – 5.2

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