‘Ratched’ fails to impress fans

Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched.

By Cassidy Reyna

“Ratched” is Netflix’s new horror thriller, based on the 1962 villain Mildred Ratched, from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” by Ken Kesey.
The show is produced by the creator of “American Horror Story” Ryan Murphy, and from the beginning it is clear that there will be many gory and possible sexual scenes.
Ratched is one of those characters that is hard to tell if they’re good or bad, yet the audience can root for them anyway.
Ratched is known for being a cold-hearted nurse. However, the show gives her character depth and explains why she is this way.
The 8-episode season can be easily compared to the “American Horror Story” universe. However, it is not rated well on Rotten Tomatoes in comparison.
“Ratched” looks like it would be an amazing show from its trailer. The trailer shows exciting content for viewers to see, but “Ratched” could be better.
Due to the limit in length, it seems as though each episode is a little hard to understand at times.
It is confusing to remember which characters are connected and how, as well as what Ratched is doing and why. However, as the show progresses and the characters develop, it becomes easier to understand.
It ends up being like a never- ending string because each character is tied together somehow.
It is important to note that this show is not for everyone as it is rated for mature audiences. Murphy’s shows tend to contain nudity, sexual scenes and gore.
Those who are familiar with “American Horror Story” might also see “Ratched” as an extension to season two “Asylum” of the “American Horror Story” series.
However both shows take place on different timelines, “Ratched” taking place during the mid to late ‘40s and “Asylum” during the early ‘60s.
In the “American Horror Story” universe all seasons are somehow connected.
Due to Murphy’s involvement on “Ratched” many viewers can assume that the two shows may be connected in the future. Although, that may not be the case as “Ratched” will follow the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” film timeline.
Actress Sarah Paulson does an outstanding job portraying Ratched. From her entrance on screen, her passion radiates through the television screen. Ratched’s character development is amazing. Within the first few episodes, the audience assumes that Ratched will only get more psychotic and brooding but is given an amazing change.
What makes this show lacking in comparison to producer Murphy’s other shows is that “Ratched” is predictable from the get go.
If viewers are familiar with Murphy’s other work, it is easy to tell that there will be lots of twists and turns in the plot. Although that is consistent in this show, it feels as though the characters and their actions become predictable.
What also made the show not live up to par is the ending. Without giving any spoilers, it didn’t satisfy the build up made throughout the plot, making the ending live up to the predictability of the show.
The predictability of “Ratched” is made up for by how beautifully shot the show is. With vibrant colors and beautiful costume design, it definitely provides for what the show lacks. However, it would have been better if the plot was stronger.
Overall the show is not terrible. However, it could have been better compared to Ryan Murphy’s other work.
With shows like “American Horror Story” under Murphy’s belt, many audiences had higher expectations for this show. Not just that,but other viewers also took into account the movie based on the novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” as “Ratched” is a prequel to the movie. It is said that within the next few seasons that are scheduled, that the cross between the original movie and “Ratched” will occur.

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