American Horror Story is taking 2020 off, but Netflix’s Ratched has a lot in common with the beloved anthology series.
It comes from Ryan Murphy and is led by the wonderful Sarah Paulson, who has played a string of different characters throughout the 10-season run of American Horror Story.
Being a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the best selling novel, which has already been adapted in other mediums, made it a risky endeavor.
But enough time has passed since the 1975 movie, which was one of the defining movies of that century, to allow for a new take on the well-known character of Nurse Ratched.
Paulson is a seasoned actress with a range unlike any other, and it is clear from the get-go that she can command a room without much effort.
While many people will assume that the series was constructed due to a lack of original ideas in Hollywood, there is a genuinely terrifying story being told throughout the eight-episode first season.
Mildred knows how to get what she wants and uses her first-rate skills of manipulation to flawlessly steer the action in her favor.
It takes a certain kind of person to do that, and that’s part of the beauty of the character. Mildred can be your friend to your face but can be scheming behind the scenes so that she can execute your downfall when it needs to happen.
These types of characters are typically unlikeable, but there’s a lot to love about Mildred. She has quick wit and awe-inspiring fashion, but she also has a vulnerable side.
It’s fair to assume that Mildred is the villain of this tale, but there could be a method to her madness. That allows her become a three-dimensional character, and it’s the best thing I could ask for in a series like this.
Her arrival in Northern California to seek employment leads to enough one-liners to fill an entire season, but she is a woman on a mission, and she strives for perfection … even if it means there will be some bodies along the way.
There’s a darkness within Mildred just waiting to erupt, and it’s a lot of fun watching all the insanity unfold.
The asylum setting is very similar to, you guessed it, American Horror Story: Asylum. Had this show been billed as a season of the FX anthology, it could pass as a spiritual successor to AHS: Asylum.
Netflix is known for having a seemingly endless budget for their programming, providing for excellent visuals on their productions, and Ratched is no different.
The 1947 setting is stunning, with beautiful cars, clothing, and people who feel like they have been ripped out of that decade.
It feels authentic, and since many shows and movies don’t focus on the finer details, sometimes to the point that you can tell the set has been dressed in a certain fashion, the authenticity is appreciated here and pulls you in to the story.
Finn Wittrock is another standout as serial killer Edmund Tollison, someone who brings a lot of much-needed attention to the asylum.
He has worked with Murphy on multiple projects already, but Wittrock is given his most complicated character to date in Edmund.
Judy Davis also brings a lot to the table as Nurse Betsy Bucket, Mildred’s adversary, who would love nothing more than for Mildred to get the boot from the hospital.
They are sworn enemies from their first meeting, and the back and forth doesn’t get tiring in the slightest.
The show also includes standout performances from the likes of Cynthia Nixon, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, and Sharon Stone.
What may not be for everyone, though, are the bonkers twists that come out of nowhere. Many TV shows run out of gas after a strong pilot, but Ratched continues to fire from all cylinders right up until the finale.
Some of the developments are not grounded in reality, but they send the show in directions that do not seem possible.
You may need to suspend your disbelief to fully enjoy the series, but this is fiction. Why wouldn’t you want the opportunity to suspend your disbelief?
Ratched is worth the watch for Paulson alone because of the way she portrays the iconic character, but the plot has legs to carry the series, so expect several seasons.
Thankfully, Ratched is not another Hollywood (the Netflix series, not the town). Hollywood took a style-over-substance approach to telling the tale.
If you’re in the market for a psychological thriller that will make your head spin, then Ratched is the show for you.
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Ratched premieres September 18 on Netflix.
Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.
Mystic Map Mayhem is being launched soon by Gen.G and Samsung and it will contain 14 days of Fortnite! Check out for more details.
Esports association Gen.G is banding together up with Samsung for the Mystic Map Mayhem. Starting on September 26, 14 days of Fortnite will follow, highlighting custom guides and difficulties. There will be fan inclusion just as some notable big names and competitors blended in with proficient Fortnite players.
WHEN CAN I WATCH MYSTIC MAP MAYHEM?
The occasion will start on September 26 and run daily for the accompanying fourteen days until October 9. Gen.G’s authentic official statement gives insights about the dates and what will happen during each stream.
“The initial three Creative guides’ sweepstakes will be available to the general population for 4 days every: Sept. 26 – 29, Sept. 30 – Oct 3, and Oct. 4 – Oct 8. The last guide will be uncovered during a live supportive of am occasion on Oct. 9 from 7-10 pm EDT, pitting big names, influencers and top network competitors against one another. All live streams will happen at Twitch.tv/samsungus.”
For the fourteen days, Samsung will hold every day streams from 7 to 9 pm EDT, including influencers, big names and Fortnite masters as they train for the last favorable to am coordinate on October 9. Samsung and Gen.G will likewise offer some extraordinary prizes for members in The Mystic Map Mayhem.
“Fans will be approached to post their Victory Royale screen captures from the SAMSUNG Fortnite Creative guides to Twitter, labeling @SamsungMobile, @GenG, #MysticMapMayhem and SamsungXGenG. Victors will be gone into two giveaways for SAMSUNG/Galaxy portable items and will likewise get an opportunity to play in the last live occasion on Oct. 9. Prizes will incorporate such things as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G, Galaxy Watch 3, a Samsung Odyssey gaming screen and Samsung Galaxy Buds Live.”
WHICH CELEBRITIES, FORTNITE PROS AND INFLUENCERS WILL BE ATTENDING?
The rundown of conspicuous names going to The Mystic Map Mayhem incorporates DJ Alison Wonderland, NFL running back Austin Ekeler, Michelle Khare, Emily Ghoul, jas N and Mustard Players.
From the Fortnite side, esports association Built By Gamers has selected the vast majority of its list in this occasion. Those three players are Jonathan “Calc” Weber, Logan “Bucke” Eschenburg and Nate “Kreo” Kou – every one of whom contended at the Fortnite World Cup a year ago. Gen.G’s all-female program – Tina “TINARAES” Perez, Maddie “Maddiesuun” Mann, “Carlee” Gress and “Hannah” Reyes – will join the BBG young men. TINARAES is outstandingly anxious to partake in The Mystic Map Mayhem.
“I’m eager to evaluate these new Custom guides! They will great; the guide manufacturers have been endeavoring to make one of a kind universes for us. It’s consistently amusing to meet new individuals in the game I love.” says 2019 Twitch Rivals Champion and MVP, Tina’ TINARAES’ Perez, part of Gen.G’s #TeamBumble Fortnite group.
Fortnite World Cup finalist BBG Calc, as well, can’t hold back to contend and win the occasion.
“I am siphoned to be associated with the Mystic Map Mayhem occasion! These occasions give a wonderful chance to collaborate with incredible partners. My group is here to win however, so keep an eye out! We’re constructed unique!” says Calc.
The entirety of the imaginative guides for The Mystic Map Mayhem uncovered shades of Samsung gadgets. Spiritualist Bronze Map on September 26, Mystic White Map on September 30 and Mystic Black Map on October 4 are the entirety of the guides in play on those days. The last Victory Royale guide will stay a mystery until October 9. Here are some screen captures of those guides that we got before the occasion starts tomorrow!
“We are excited indeed to band together with SAMSUNG to give Fortnite fans new guides to vie for gloating rights and prizes,” said Martin Kim with Gen.G. “We need to convey an encounter that challenges our fans, and simultaneously, furnish incredible amusement with our ability, aces and players. It will be a ton of fun observing how individuals assault our exceptional guides to see who is the last individual standing.”
Make certain to look at The Mystic Map Mayhem when it commences tomorrow night!
Rick Ross Says His Upcoming ‘Richer Than Ever Before’ Album Is 95% Done
In the last two months, Rick Ross has been quite the busy man, and it appears he has no plans of slowing down. After announcing his album Richer Than Ever Before last month via an Instagram story, the musician returns with a comforting update. In a video given to HotNewHipHop, Ross is found in the studio with someone who appears to be his engineer. The two are working on Richer Than Ever Before when the engineer asks Ross “What percent are we at?” Ross confidently replies that the album is “95%” complete.
Next, the engineer proclaims that he and Ross will finish the album “this weekend,” prompting Ross interject that they’d do it “today.” While it’s unknown which the day the video was recorded, fans can rest assured knowing that it’ll be due sooner rather than later.
The announcement comes a little over a year after Ross shared his last album, Port Of Miami 2. On a more recent note, Ross joined Anderson .Paak for their “Cut Em In” video, in which the two are portrayed as 12th graders. He also participated in a Verzuz battle with 2 Chainz last month, in which he debuted an unreleased verse on Kanye West’s “Famous.”
Watch ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Moderate Presidential Debate in ‘We’re All Doomed’ Video
“Weird Al” Yankovic teamed up with the Gregory Brothers for a comedic musical take on Tuesday night’s presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden with their video for the song “We’re All Doomed.” Yankovic and the Gregory Brothers’ satirical rendering accurately summed up the general consensus following the debate: “We’re all doomed,” Yankovic yells hysterically following a guttural scream to open the clip.
The visual finds Yankovic stepping in for Chris Wallace to portray the moderator. He scats, mirroring some of the nonsensical responses that ensued during the event before getting to some topical questions.
“2020’s a raging hellscape,” he sings while asking the first question. “Any ideas on how to stop a worldwide plague?” Yankovic also addresses the economy, the Supreme Court and climate change as the candidates’ words are turned into auto-tuned, sung responses.
Next month, Yankovic collaborator Jon Schwartz will release his new book, Black & White & Weird All Over: The Lost Photographs of “Weird Al” Yankovic ’83 – ’86, which features never-before-seen black-and-white images that he took of Yankovic in video sets and recording studios during the artist’s rise into the mainstream. The pair recently shared 16 photographs from the upcoming book and discussed their back-stories with Rolling Stone.
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