Ratched has arrived and the green light meaning is something which fans are keen to contemplate. Let’s explore the series’ use of colour.

For many, much of 2020 has been spent sprawled out on the sofa in front of Netflix.

It can’t really be blamed, as it’s safe to say that we’ve all been in need of a little escapism this year.

Fortunately, the popular streaming service has been sure to offer viewers a wealth of titles, catering to all tastes, no matter how seemingly obscure.

Film fans have had very little to complain about, with Netflix arguably delivering some of the year’s very best, including Uncut Gems, Da 5 Bloods, I’m Thinking of Ending Things and The Devil All the Time.

Of course, they’re praised more for their TV content than film and this year TV enthusiasts have had plenty to tuck into, from Tiger King to Ratched, a new series which explores the world of Nurse Mildred Ratched.


The character featured in Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and was previously portrayed by Louise Fletcher in the 1975 film starring Jack Nicholson.

Here, she is played by Sarah Paulson, who explores the compelling past of the classic antagonist in spellbinding fashion.


Ratched: Green light meaning

There are many elements of the production which gift Ratched a deeper meaning but audiences are particularly fascinated by the series’ stark employment of colour.

As addressed by costume designer Rebecca Guzzi in an interview with Fashionista, the colour green carries connotations of “violence, oppression, lust, envy, greed, and evil.”

Throughout the series, green is an incredibly prominent colour, present in the landscapes, locations and is even the colour of Ratched’s car and uniform etc.

Perhaps the most striking use of the colour comes when green flashes invade the screen, which PopSugar notes symbolises the character’s lust, whether this is for power or sexual gratification.

This occurs in one scene where she witnesses a sexual act and in another when she fantasises about embarking on her own.

By having these flashes, it communicates to the audiences that she’s being consumed by these impulses and desires.

Ratched and the colour red

PopSugar also acknowledges that the colour green is used to suggest wealth and greed, citing Lenore’s home as an example of this.

On the other hand, the colour red is employed on a number of occasions to symbolise characters losing control.

By adding a dose of red – which traditionally carries connotations of danger – the production team are able to foreshadow incoming threats.

It’s always interesting to consider the use of colour in cinema and TV, as often, everything visible in the frame has been purposely put there for a specific reason; to communicate something or to evoke a certain feeling.

What’s the verdict?

A number of audiences have flocked to Twitter to express their thoughts on the new series and on the whole it has been embraced.

Check out a selection of tweets:

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