Wentworth Prison Series 1 Review “To The Moon”


Watching the final few episodes of Wentworth, including ‘To the Moon’, have made me extremely glad I didn’t look ahead and spoil myself before starting. The entire series has already aired in its native Australia, so that would have been pretty easy to do, but watching Bea’s storyline progress not knowing how things might end has been a great watch – not a pleasant watch, as such, but great drama nonetheless.

This penultimate instalment of Wentworth was, in a word, brutal. At the end of the previous episode, Debbie had been administered with a heroin overdose by fake boyfriend Brayden and left for dead – now we have to watch the fallout from Jacs’ callous plan. Interestingly enough, there isn’t much for Jacs to do in this episode, and we’ll have to wait for Bea’s payback in next week’s finale. This episode is solely about the grief felt by Bea and, by association, the inmates and guards who are connected to her.

There are no flashbacks this week, either, although we do get some new insight into Fletch’s life. He’s carrying some pretty heavy trauma from his time as a soldier, and Bea’s anguished cries upon learning of Debbie’s death bring out some of his worst memories. Unfortunately, he responds to this stress by avoiding everything going on in the prison and clinging to a reluctant Vera. Even when she cancels their plans, he turns up anyway to have the most awkward sexual encounter imaginable. Will we see a happy ending for this couple? With Fletch teaming up with Derek to take down Erica and Vera suitably freaked out, I doubt it.

It was nice to see the girls rally around Bea in her time of need, as well as a few of the staff. Will especially, no doubt inspired by his guilt over concealing Debbie’s emerging drug habit from Bea, offers to go and be with her instead. The real gut punch comes when Erica signs off on Bea’s attendance at the funeral, on to be undermined by Derek after a rejected come on earlier in the episode. They do lay the pain on quite thick in this episode, but none of it felt forced or maudlin – a testament to the quality of the writing and performances.

Bea’s suicide attempt seemed like a natural reaction to events, and we’ll have to see whether she finds the joy Liz was walking about. One thing’s for sure – the Bea we will follow from now on will be an entirely different character. She no longer has anything to lose, and that makes her infinitely more dangerous to those who dare to cross her in the future. Good luck Jacs – you’re going to need it.

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Wentworth currently airs on Channel 5 in the UK.