Stan’s Wolf Creek
Season 2, Episode 3: “Chase”
Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith
Written by Nick Parsons
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Outback” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Singing” – click here
Becca (Tess Haubrich) and the rest of the tourists, the ones left, anyway, they’re dealing with the aftermath of their tour bus exploding. At least it’s light out. Yet somewhere Mick (John Jarratt) is waiting, watching, lurking around his prey. They have no idea what to expect next.
Everybody is continually at odds. Some are unwilling to believe this is Mick, though most still agree that they’re in serious trouble. Michelle (Elsa Cocquerel) is barely alive. Emma and Wade were killed in the blast. Bruce’s impaling killed him. Out there are Danny (Charlie Clausen) and Johnny (Adam Fiorentino), or have they met a similar or worse fate? Those left at the bus decide they can’t wait around to find out. Brian (Matt Day) also makes clear to Becca there’ll be no saving Michelle. they can only think of “survival” now. Becca doesn’t agree, so the group carries the dying girl with them.
On the way, Oskar (Julian Pulvermacher) and his wife Nina (Felicity Price) figure out he doesn’t have his pills; likely nitrogylcerin. That’s not all, they have no water, no food. Brian and Becca plan to go back to the bus for water and to locate the pills. Never good when the group is separated. That’s Slasher 101.
Kelly (Laura Wheelwright) and Michelle talk. An emotional moment between two close friends; deep, cutting even. Then they talk about the future, of getting out, telling their “epic adventure” to everybody and reaping the benefits. “We‘ll tell them together,” Kelly tells her friend who’s surely die.
Back at the burned bus, Becca keeps an eye on a hill nearby while Brian heads over to scavenge anything left unscathed in the explosion and the fire which followed. He goes in slow. There’s a large jug of water left. On the horizon, Becca sees Mick’s truck coming. She calls to her friend, but he doesn’t hear her. Brian manages to find Oskar’s pills just as the serial killer in his big pickup arrives. ONE TENSE SCENE, MAMA. Mick, the experienced hunter, can almost sense his prey. Both Becca and Brian move in gradual stretches; she lights a fire off in the distance. She goes back for him, then the two make it over to Mick’s truck while the fire distracts. They steal a weapon, some ammo. Becca wants to kill their predator. Distractions and other things, they’re only fun and games for ole Mick. Brian devises a little impromptu fix to slow him down hopefully, though it probably won’t do much. This killer knows all the tricks. Just a momentary setback.
Becca and Brian take off, walking back expecting they’ve “momentarily incapacitated their predator.” They don’t know who they’re dealing with, unfortunately. ON the way, Becca and Brian talk about the latter’s job, the psychology of criminals, all those things that have suddenly become very relevant in their current situation. Although she’s not pleased when Brian suggests they go it alone together, ditch the group, this makes her uneasy. They soon get back to their fellow tourists, but with no good news, and no sign of Danny or Johnny.
Tensions get worse amongst the group as they walk. Nina takes a tumble, really busting up her arm, dislocating her shoulder; Kelly manages to help set it again like a pro. They need shelter for the night, and they have no idea the serial killer hunting them has barely been slowed down more than an hour or so.
When night comes, they see lights coming towards them. They assume it can’t be Mick. Kelly and Steve (Jason Chong) go running to the vehicle, they get lost in the dust blowing around. One thing’s for sure: Mick’s back. The others find a cave to hide in, sheltering Michelle; the poor girl’s ready to die. Brian suggests moving again before the night is over, especially with their killer out there. Then he helps Michelle let go of the pain, putting a hand over her mouth, her nose. Soon, she’s gone. It’s a cruel temporary existence into which they’ve been thrust by this cat-and-mouse game Mick is playing with them. Forced to become people they weren’t before, in order to survive. If they survive.
Another stellar, intense episode. This one was not as brutal as the previous one. It’s the aftermath of those events in “Outback” that were so grimly exciting to watch unfold. “Singing” is next, so we’ll see how much worse it can get for these tourists. The majestic Australian Outback this ain’t, mate!