(Blackout, The Secret of Crickley Hall, Bates Motel, The Quiet Ones)
Ya know, folks, Monty's Crush of the Week isn't all about the superficialities. Olivia Cooke is fairly new on the seen, but she's loaded with talent, and that's attractive. But, if I could step out of the politically correct zone for a moment (assuming any of you have ever thought I was really in that zone), I have to say, she is probably the most stunningly beautiful actress I've seen in a while. I mean, we're talking about a girl so jaw-droppingly gorgeous that she even looks perfect with a breathing tube in her nose during every scene she has in the new Bates Motel TV series on A&E. Oh, have you not heard of Bates Motel? It's a prequel/reimagining of the origins of the Norman Bates character from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho", and try not to confuse it with the 1987 TV movie of the same name (that was obviously a series pilot also). In the show, Norman is a young teenager played by Freddie Highmore, who is disturbingly reminiscent of Anthony Perkins at times, and Olivia plays his best friend, who has a crush on him also. But, Norman has a crush on another girl, one whom he actually (spoiler alert)..... loses his virginity to a few episodes in. Now, here is one of the glaring flaws of the show for me so far. I personally feel like losing his virginity to a peer he was crushing on would have cut at least enough of the cord to his mom to prevent him from becoming like the Norman we see in the 1960 film. Of course, this is a reimagining, I must keep that in mind... And, it clearly is a bit different, especially when one takes the origin story in Psycho 4 into consideration. BUT, this isn't a review of the show, so I'm gonna stop right now and just say that it IS one of the cooler shows I am aware of at the moment, and I'm pretty hooked, both due to the performances and the completely enchanting Olivia Cooke, this week's "Crush of the Week". The show should be on again tonight, so check it out!