Granted, the series has only been publicly available for less than a day, so it is possible that audiences will get richer as more and more viewers get the chance to consume the first season. Critics, however, are a bit disappointed with the adventure, though they’ve reunited acclaimed actress Sarah Paulson for another partnership with Murphy.
Nicole Drum, of ComicBook.com, noted: “While the idea of trying to figure out how Nurse Mildred Ratched became Nurse Mildred Ratched is intriguing, this series wastes it completely. On its own, without the iconic character attached, the series itself could be passable as just another over-exploited and exploitative fairy tale of quickly forgotten Murphy, but trying to present it as a new exploration of a well-known character, Pawl does not just insult its spiritual source, it wastes the viewer time. ”
Pawl is a drama series that reveals the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched. In 1947, Mildred arrived in northern California to seek employment at a leading mental hospital where new, disturbing experiments began on the human mind. While on an underground mission, Mildred comes across as the perfect picture of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels still turn. As she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those who make it up, Mildred’s sleek exterior hides a growing darkness that has long smoldered within, revealing that real monsters are made, not born.
Joining Sarah Paulson as Mildred Ratched are Cynthia Nixon as Gwendolyn Briggs, Judy Davis as Nurse Betsy Bucket, Sharon Stone as Lenore Osgood, Jon Jon Briones as Dr Richard Hanover, Finn Wittrock as Edmund Tolleson, Charlie Carver as Huck, Alice Englert as Dolly, Amanda Plummer as Louise, Corey Stoll as Charles Wainwright, Sophie Okonedo as Charlotte and Vincent D’Onofrio as Governor George Wilburn.
The first season of Pawl is now streaming on Netflix.
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