I love Wanted so much. I love the two ingenious MacGyver escape artist women in the lead. I love the hectic chase and pursuit of the plot. I love the depth of the women characters and the unbreakable bond between the two lead women. This Australian TV series with its great women leads is one of my all time favorite shows.
Starring Rebecca Gibney as Lola and Geraldine Hakewill as Chelsea, season 3 is one twist after another, one escape and chase after another. Almost everyone in Australia wants to point a gun at them or conk them on the head with something large and metallic. Between the action sequences are quiet moments of reflection, character development, and insights into Lola’s backstory.
Some brilliantly cast new characters came into the fray in season 3 of Wanted. My favorite was the cop Maxine (Kate Box). The tired, world-weary way she looked and the slow unfolding of her character were a treat in every episode. She was a cop chasing our two heroines, so she was a constant source of trouble.
Other very well chosen newcomers in season 3 included Kerry Fox as the manipulative prisoner Susan. Hamish (Clarence Ryan) was Maxine’s partner. Matt Whelan was perfect as Alistair Poussin. Yes, Poussin – as in Brigit Poussin.
When season 3 began, Lola and Chelsea were in prison. Susan did a favor for Lola to help them get out and into witness protection. You’ve seen the first two seasons of this series, right? How long do you think Lola and Chelsea are going to sit around in witness protection?
Lola and Chelsea were obligated to return the favor and to find Susan’s daughter Sophie (Alex Malone). That led them on a dangerous chase involving a sex trader named Lance (Michael Whalley) and a bunch of enslaved women. Two women who by now have spent almost 3 seasons fighting to prove their own innocence and secure their own freedom are not going to leave a truck load of sex slaves behind. Nope.
In addition to the honest cops, there were crooked cops after them, too. The money Lola and Chelsea managed to have in their possession since season 1 drew people like flies.
Lola’s sister Donna (Robyn Malcolm) finally left the security of her home and went on the road to help Lola and Chelsea prove their innocence.
I must return to the unexpectedly handsome Alistair Poussin for a moment, because Chelsea lead the way to his place. He gave much more than help. He provided a sweet few moments of peace for Chelsea. Peace doesn’t last long in this series, however. There’s always another reason to flee.
The oddball chemistry between Lola and Chelsea has been an important part of the success of Wanted. Season 3 adds some interesting chemistry between Lola and the cop Maxine. I’d love to see Rebecca Gibney and Kate Box in something else where they could be on screen together more.
Wanted was created by Richard Bell and Rebecca Gibney, based on an idea Gibney had for herself several years ago. It’s well written, well directed, and beautifully photographed. In the US, you can watch all three seasons on Netflix.
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