Ratched S1 Review


A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded, bitter and a downright monster to her patients.

Thank you to Netflix for allowing me to review the show ahead of it’s release.

S1E1: The Pilot

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The episode kicks it off with a real bang, just the intensity, the score, and the vibrant colors, as always, Ryan Murphy knows how to slay a pilot.

The score throughout was mesmerizing, just that old school like feel that enchants you to this haunting world that they are creating for you.

The cinematography is magnificent, the vibrant colors at times to go with the dark undertone, just all of it.

Finn Wittrock is in this, and he is ruthless, already the best show ever.!

S1E2: Ice Pick

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This episode is absolutely brutal, when Murphy tries to get his point across, he GETS IT ACROSS. Some of the most vicious work you will watch on a television show.

S1E3: The Dance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I want to give his head to my son for his birthday. – Man did I love this line.

Judy Davis is a fucking star as Nurse Betty, she three episodes in, is hands down one of the most hateable characters in TV history. Just a remarkable display of acting from her.

S1E4: Angel of Mercy

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Insane game of chess being played here between Mildred and Charles. I love the dynamic between these two.

Ryan Murphy and company love to bring some gory scenes to get their point across to the viewer. I appreciate the way he attacks his art no matter the brutal side of it.

We get another solid episode with our story progressing and more to chew on.

S1E5: Angel of Mercy, Part Two

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Sophie Okonedo was the MVP of this episode, and holy cow, what a remarkable performance. I am blown away by her ability to reel you into her twisted and crazy mind.

S1E6: Mildred and Edmund

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This episode will go down as one of the most controversial shows of all-time. It was fantastic, but it rides this insane line of potentially taking things a tad too far.

S1E7: The Bucket List

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I want to take the time to talk about the remarkable acting in this show. From Paulsen to Nixon to Wittrock to Okonedo to Briones, and everyone else takes this show to the next level. The raw emotions that everyone brought to their roles were remarkable.

S1E8: Got No Strings

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m angry right now, it was a phenomenal episode, but I’m angry cause of that ending.

The Verdict

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Evan Romansky and Ryan Murphy loved to push the envelope with Ratched, and it paid off consistently. The biggest thing they got right was the casting. We saw a lot of old faces within these roles from AHS days, but some fresh faces as well, and they all played the roles to perfection.

The single best part of this show is the score from Mac Quayle. The emotional depth of the score stands out on so many levels. Ratched is creepy, haunting, and the sounds of the show enhanced the experience for me, the viewer.

The acting within this show is some of the best I’ve seen on TV in a little while. Sarah Paulson is a star, and her ability to captivate us on the screen with her acting, her body language, her mannerism, she is Nurse Ratched, and you feel that in every single scene.

As good as Paulson was, Sophie Okonedo deserves all the praise in the world for her performance as Charlotte Wells. Her performance reminded me of James McAvoy’s performance in Split as she was able to flip a switch and was a sight to see.

The show worked for me on so many levels, and I honestly can’t wait to revisit the show.

Ratched is a captivating horror show that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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