Netflix movies and shows: Ratched
If you haven’t heard about Ratched, you’ve definitely haven’t been on social media lately. The ads for it have been everywhere. Ratched is another collaboration between Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson with Paulson playing the infamous Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. But in this, we meet her before the events of the movie. This is her origin story.
It begins with Mildred Ratched arriving at a psychiatric hospital in Northern California in 1947. If you’ve ever done any research on mental hospitals/asylums during this time, you know…it’s not good. As she makes her rounds, she sees that the hospital is performing new and disturbing experiments on the patients.
Ratched is so evil because her appearance hides what’s underneath. The facade is nice, appropriate, professional, but underneath that is pure evil and we see that really come out as the series goes on. Actually, it’s pretty blatant in the first episode as she blackmails someone to get the job as a nurse in the first place.
Ratched will do anything to make herself look good. If that means dosing a patient so they go into cardiac arrest just so she can save them in front of the press, she’ll do it no problem. She is also not above making a patient die by suicide.
If you’re like me, and tired of seeing mentally ill patients being abused and mistreated (she does a lobotomy with an ice pick in a hotel room…) for a storyline, this might not be the show for you. It might also not be for anyone who is triggered by suicide as that happens in the first episode.