Hitting the air a mere four months after Lifetime scored a ratings bull’s-eye with guilty pleasure literary adaptation “Flowers in the Attic
,” sequel “Petals on the Wind
” certainly looks and feels like a rush job, but nevertheless improves on its predecessor in nearly every way. Where “Flowers” was airless and po-faced, “Petals” is manic and sudsy, speeding through a treasure trove of sleazy plot twists like CliffsNotes on crack. No one’s going to mistake this for high art, but as enjoyably trashy TV goes, “Petals” is more artful than it needs to be. With less name recognition than “Flowers,” Lifetime could see a dip in the ratings for the Memorial Day premiere, but plans to continue the franchise with two more adaptations should march forward unabashedly.
Picking up 10 years after the surviving Dollanganger children — Cathy (Rose McIver
), Christopher (Wyatt Nash
) and Carrie (Bailey Buntain
) — escaped the attic where