I continuously kept forgetting they were in present day until someone would whip out their iPhone or a new car would drive by. I, too, was wondering how this could continue as a series (would Norman have to clean up one of Norma's murders every week, until he goes batshit crazy?) The pilot was a little slow and predictable, and to be honest, my interest wasn't really piqued until the Hostel/Saw bathroom scene at the end.
I figured something was up with the Sheriff as he creeped his was around the motel, and he did seem a little too
familiar with the place. I'll definitely watch next week to see if it picks up.