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Bates Motel “Unconscious” 

[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s season finale.] One of the things that’s always intrigued me in the way scenes are blocked is whether and how characters physically touch each other. Y’all know that was one of my nits about Hell on Wheels and the arc with Ruth and Bohannon. In tonight’s Bates…

Bates Motel “Norma Louise” 

It’s taken me three years to realize that Bates Motel is so much easier to watch with the lights off. Tonight’s episode was visually and thematically dark as Norma grasped for some sort of control in her life, but had to fall back into old habits to get there, and…