‘Bates Motel’: How would you rate Rihanna’s debut performance as Marion Crane? [POLL]

After much anticipation, music superstar Rihanna made her first guest appearance on A&E’s horror series “Bates Motel” Monday night, in an episode titled “Dreams Die First.” Now that you’ve seen her in action as Marion Crane, how would you rate RiRi’s debut performance? Vote in our poll below and then sound off in the comments section.

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Amazingly, the Barbadian singer/songwriter won the character of Marion when the show’s producers discovered that she was a fan in a magazine interview. For the uninitiated, Marion Crane is the role that earned Janet Leigh an Oscar nomination in the original Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho.” The character was murdered by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) rather infamously in that movie while taking a shower. Will the same fate befall Rihanna’s Marion Crane on the TV series? Based on the set-up to her story in “Dreams Die First,” things are about to get bloody.

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When Rihanna is first seen as Marion she’s making love to Sam Loomis (Austin Nichols) in Seattle, but she has no idea he’s already married to Madeleine (Isabelle McNally). Sam leaves to go back home, and Marion’s devotion to him causes her to be distracted at work. Marion’s boss asks her to take a large sum of money to the bank, but when she gets denied for a promotion she decides to steal the briefcase and drive to White Pine Bay to meet up with Sam. That’s when she looks out the window of her car and sees the ominous Bates Motel sign in the distance.

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3 thoughts on “‘Bates Motel’: How would you rate Rihanna’s debut performance as Marion Crane? [POLL]

  1. I totally thought Rhihana was going to play Marion’s sister Lila. It would have been more believable even if Marion were a blonde and Lila was adopted or a stepsister. Anyway, I saw parts where RiRi eyes were shifting back and forth, possibly trying to remember her next line. Overall it was a stiff performance, nothing like Janet Leigh! Stick to singing girl!

    1. Let’s pretend Janet Leigh’s performance wasn’t dreadful and is only remembered because of all the controversy that surrounded it at the time. And this “I saw parts where RiRi eyes were shifting back and forth, possibly trying to remember her next line” is quite possibly the dumbest thing I’ve read today. Maybe her eyes were shifting back and forth because she was reacting to what was going on in the scene? Never leave a comment on a website again in your life. You are dumb.

  2. very dissapointing- a true insult to the genuine ability of the actors who star in this series – she needs to stick to performing her singing half naked. why was she even written in for this part to begin with is the question. It’s really not keeping with the original theme whatsoever.

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