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'Ratched' is a mighty strong dose of Ryan Murphy, with sometimes sluggish side-effects

Sarah Paulson stars as Nurse Mildred Ratched in "Ratched." Foto: Saeed Adyani/Netflix Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched, left, with Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket in "Ratched." Foto: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Netflix's "Ratched" isn't the Ryan-Murphiest thing Ryan Murphy has ever produced, but it sure wants to be.

From a bloody opening scene in which a deranged man (Finn Wittrock) kills a rectory full of Catholic priests and their monsignor (which, frankly, feels like target practice at this stage in Murphy's career) to the depiction of unsettling experimental treatments at a psychiatric asylum, "Ratched" (premiering Friday) can at times feel like the fullest expression of the television impresario's high/low values, matched with a celebratory display of his prevailing art form: purposeful camp which flips the scripts on old references...

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