Wentworth Prison Series 1 Review “Fly Me Away”

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The second episode of Channel 5’s new Australian import, Wentworth Prison, ‘Fly Me Away’, offers up a more emotional hour than the premiere, as we look into Doreen’s backstory. Bea’s story, in turn, takes more of a backseat, leaving time to focus on her fellow prisoners’ lives before and after their respective incarcerations.

Doreen is a good one to start with, as her relationship with little Kaiya offers the only glimpse of hope in the prison. The big surprise of the episode is that Doreen isn’t actually Kaiya’s mother, but she is just looking after her in place of her crack-addled cellmate, and her traumatic past informs her decisions throughout the episode. She’s probably the nicest and most trustworthy friend for Bea to make right now, having turned a corner since being arrested for drunk driving while pregnant.

And they all need a friend right now, as Will Jackson is on the warpath after his wife, the warden, was murdered by an unknown person during last week’s riot. He’s still a sympathetic character despite his blackmailing of Doreen this week, and it’ll be interesting how far down the dark path his search for the truth ends up leading him. Do we even know it was a prisoner who killed his wife? Not for sure, but we could all start taking bets as to who it was.

I’m expecting the rivalry between Jacs and Franky to simmer on all the way to the finale, but Bea might live to regret reconnecting with her daughter. In an episode about mothers and daughters and what’s ultimately best for the children of inmates, it was a nice touch for Debbie to willfully defy her father and be there for Bea. Though this is a series about what goes on within the walls of the prison and the relationships between the prisoners themselves, it’s still interesting to take a look at what those outside might be experiencing.

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Wentworth Prison airs on Channel 5 in the UK.

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