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TV Review: The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 1.3 “Flowers”
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The Lizzie Borden Chronicles
Episode 1.3 “Flowers”
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Written by Barbara Nance
Starring Christina Ricci, Clea Duvall, Cole Hauser, Bradley Stryker, Jeff Wincott, Olivia Llewellyn, Dylan Taylor, Kimberly-Sue Murray
Lifetime
Air Date: Sunday, April 19th, 2015, 10pm ET

We are three episodes in for Lifetime’s “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles” limited series event and I am thoroughly enjoying this undiscovered little jewel. But before we get to reviewing 1.3 “Flowers,” let’s recap last week’s “Patron of the Arts.”

There are some spoilers if you haven’t watched “Flowers” yet.

What we probably knew before and definitely know now, is that Lizzie (Christina Ricci) enjoys her notoriety. She and Emma (Clea Duvall) attend a risque performance, and get invited to an afterparty because of Lizzie’s fame. There they meet the playwright, Spencer, who tries to get Lizzie to be his “patron” for his next play. He also tries and fails at seducing her. Lizzie rescues a prostitute, Adele, from her terrible lot. She goes to see Mr. Flowers about it, and they politely compare the size of their d***s. Siringo (Cole Hauser) and Lizzie do a silent dance around their enmity, while having a polite conversation. Siringo tries to insert logic into the investigation, but it falls on deaf ears. Spencer tries to rape Adele, so she sticks him with a pitchfork, then panics and gets Lizzie. Lizzie finishes him off.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles 1.3 “Flowers” review: Lizzie is planning a party, but everyone declined. I wonder why? Mr. Flowers cleaned up the Spencer mess for Lizzie, and I almost had a heart attack when I thought Adele had been buried alive. But no, she was just being punished. She might be having some fond memories of her pimp right about now.

What! Emma hired Siringo? After I fell off my chair, it made a bit more sense that she hired him to prove her innocence. He is fired then quickly rehired by Nance. Isabel (Olivia Llewellyn) can barely hide her happiness. Speaking of Isabel, she may have spilled all the death surrounding Lizzie since she was 10 to Siringo, but she’s got the right idea about not commenting on it to others. That is the only way to survive in Fall’s River.

The dog is definitely in danger.

I cannot believe how this crazy episode ended! This lady is a psychopath of a caliber I have not seen on a face so angelic.

The biggest asset to this series is the chemistry between all of the actors, especially between Lizzie and Siringo, and now Lizzie and Mr. Flowers. Oh well.

I really like the soundtrack every week. It enhances the danger and murder.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles air Sundays at 10pm ET on Lifetime.

Image Gallery

Videos

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Christina Ricci on Lizzie’s Fame


Christina Ricci discusses the way Lizzie thrives on attention — especially the negative kind — in this web exclusive.

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: A Dead Man’s Razor (S1, E3)


Lizzie proves she travels prepared when she pulls out her father’s old straight razor in this scene from “Flowers.”

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Adele Wants to Run (S1, E3)


Adele is terrified she and Lizzie will be punished for their crime in this scene from “Flowers.”

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Mr. Flowers Threatens Adele (S1, E3)


Mr. Flowers blackmails Lizzie by threatening Adele in this scene from “Flowers.”

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