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Synopsis:Fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie Borden after her controversial acquittal of the double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892.
The Lizzie Borden Chronicle is an American drama-crime horror limited TV series revolving around Lizzie Borden after she was not charged with murdering her father and stepmother in 1892. The TV series was aired on Lifetime on April 5, 2015, and came to an end on May 25, 2015. Lizzie Borden ( Christina Ricci - Sleepy Hollow (1999), Monster (2003), The Opposite of Sex (1998), Black Snake Moan (2006)) and her sister Emma tried to start a new life in 1893 after Lizzie was acquitted for the murders. Emma ( Clea DuVall - Argo (2012), Girl, Interrupted (1999), The Faculty (1998), Identity (2003)) and Lizzie was not financially stable, and Lizzie’s terrible reputation did not help the girls. Detective Charlie Siringo ( Cole Hauser - Good Will Hunting (1997), Pitch Black (2000), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Tears of the Sun (2003)) followed the girls to Falls River because he is convinced that Lizzie killed her parents and is determined to prove his case. Below is a list of the episodes and a brief summary of them.
Episode 1.1 (April 5, 2015) - Acts of Borden
Directed by Stephen Kay Written by Gregory Small & Richard Blaney
Lizzie and Emma have seen four months after the murder trial of their parents are over in 1893. The girls are trying their best to live in Falls River although the townspeople shun them, and they are in debt due to their father not paying off family friend lawyer, William Almy. Episode one introduced us to the sisters and her evil half-brother William (Andrew Howard - Limitless (2011), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), I Spit on Your Grave (2010), The Hangover Part II (2011)) who is obsessed with greed. William found a baby’s skeleton/corpse in a box in the basement in the family’s home and threatened the girls that he will expose them. Detective Charlie Siringo is determined to prove that Lizzie is responsible for the murders of her parents.
Episode 1.2 (April 12, 2015) - Patron of the Arts
Directed by Stephen Kay Written by Gregory Small & Richard Blaney
Lizzie displayed her caring nature in this episode while visiting New York as she helps Adele who is a prostitute and who did not take long to have a romantic interest for Lizzie while staying with her. Playwright Spencer Cavanaugh approaches but what happens next is for you discover. There are two new deaths in this episode that makes Detective Charlie even more suspicious of Lizzie as she owes one of them a lump sum of money and despises the other victim who was murdered. Lizzie is one tough chick as she makes threats against Detective Charlie when she found out that he is still trying to prove her guilty of murdering her parents.
Episode 1.3 (April 19, 2015) - Flowers
Directed by Russell Mulcahy Written by Barbara Nance
The episodes become even more interesting as the person who hired Detective Charlie is revealed, and that person fires Charlie because he did not do what he was hired to do. Charlie did not exonerate Lizzie but instead made more problems for her. It did not take long for Charlie to find a new employer as Spencer (playwright person) is missing, and Spencer’s sister Nance hires Charlie to investigate. Lizzie found out that she is a victim of extortion, but she did not take long to negate Adele and Mr. Flowers, who is a crime lord and employer of Adele’s pimp, Skipjack.
Episode 1.4 (April 26, 2015) - Welcome to Maplecroft
Directed by Russell Mulcahy Written by Jason Grote
Lizzie is in a twist as she has to continue paying Skipjack to keep his mouth quite of the murder of Spencer. Emma becomes romantically involved with Officer Trotwood, and Lizzie has another altercation and this time it is with her neighbor, Mrs. Kenney. Nance is furious as Charlie goes into hiding after he came close to death leading Nance to investigation Spencer’s death by herself.
Episode 1.5 (May 3, 2015) - Cold Storage
Directed by Howard Deutch Written by Jason Grote & Barbara Nance
Nance is dead, but her death is ruled as self-defense by Lizzie, which leads Charlie becoming involved in the case so that he can help convict Lizzie of the numerous murders she committed. This was an okay episode but nothing exciting. Lizzie is full of energy as she is investigating her own matters which she solved after finding Spencer’s body (Skipjack hid it) and got rid of it. Emma becomes Trotwood’s fiance, and Charlie did something that ended heartbreakingly wrong.
Episode 1.6 (May 10, 2015) - Fugitive Kind
Directed by Howard Deutch Written by David Simkins
I was in total disbelief as Charlie was found guilty of the murders of Isabel and Spencer and also of what Lizzie plans on doing to Emma, totally wrong. Lizzie appears to be addicted to killing and controlling every situation. Emma decides to leave town but not before axing Charlie after he escaped while traveling to his execution so that he can kill Lizzie for framing him for the murders. Crazy episode.
Episode 1.7 (May 17, 2015) - The Sisters Grimke
Directed by Constantine Makris Written by Gregory Small & Richard Blaney
Lizzie got rid of Charlie and Hilliard’s corpse/bodies and changed her name as a way of becoming a new person. Lizzie became a schoolteacher in a small town that is far from Fall River while Emma is traumatized about killing Charlie with an ax. Emma is now in a sanitarium in a catatonic state. Charlie’s associates, Mr. Horn and Mr. Masterson decides to pick up the case and pursues Lizzie’s trail as new murders occur in Lizzie’s new residential area.
Episode 1.8 (May 24, 2015) - Capsize
Directed by Constantine Makris Written by Gregory Small & Richard Blaney & David Simkins
Emma escaped the sanitarium and sought help from the Trotwood family in Boston. Lizzie did not take long to arrive in Boston where she met someone, Aiden Trotwood, who gave her a run for her money as Horn and Masterson also arrive in Boston looking for the sisters. Lizzie and her evil mind are working overtime as she thinks of a way to get rid of Horn and Masterson permanently while also trying to manipulate the Trotwood so that she can get Emma back. Will Lizzie’s plan go according to the way she planned it or will it be the opposite?
This series was an amazing watch with a great soundtrack, great cast, awesome sets, excellent storyline and the gore was not overwhelming. I, however, did not like the camera motions and could have done with less of that which would have made the series an excellent series to watch. Will I watch this series again? I will most likely not watch this series again although I enjoyed it a lot because I do not usually rewatch a series so if it was on TV one day then yes but I will not go searching for it. On that note, I would love for the series to continue because there are not many good TV series to watch with an intense storyline. I would have given this series an eight, but it received a six from me because of the shaky cam action.
AKA: "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles"
Genre: Horror, Drama, Crime
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Writers: Richard Blaney, Gregory Small, Jason Grote, Barbara Nance, David Simkins
Director: Russell Mulcahy, Stephen Kay, Howard Deutch, Constantine Makris