Stan’s Wolf Creek
Season 2, Episode 4: “Singing”
Directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith
Written by Mark Dapin & Greg Haddrick
* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Chase” – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Shelter” – click here
After their night in the cave, Becca (Tess Haubrich) wakes Brian (Matt Day). She is not happy with him. Then there’s Michelle (Elsa Cocquerel), dead, flies buzzing around her already. Nina (Felicity Price) wants to bury her, but Becca insists they have no time; Nina wants “dignity” for the dead. However, when you’re being hunted by a serial killer in the remote wilderness of the Australian Outback, there’s no time for makeshift graves, funerals. To survive is to keep moving. For Nina’s pleas, Becca helps her cover the body.
“What is the point of surviving if we lose our humanity?”
A couple of Aboriginal men come across Steve (Jason Chong), lying on the side of the road, dehydrated. They’re wary of the surrounding area, one of them scanning the distance. Elsewhere is Kelly (Laura Wheelwright). She ain’t as lucky as her pal, not that Steve is doing so hot. But she is a bit too close to running into Mick (John Jarratt).
Becca leads the rest of the living tourists out. Steve tells the two men how he ended up out in the bush by himself. They’re not entirely sure if he’s just got sun stroke, or if he’s telling the truth, of being drugged by a maniac murderer. One man mentions a “Spirit Man,” whom they’ve heard about in the area. Bad things follow wherever he turns up. They agree to help him look for Kelly.
“She a clever one, your friend? The girl?”
“I don‘t know. She‘s Canadian.”
The two men and Steve are trying to track down Kelly. She’s being tracked closer already by Mick. One man goes on foot from the truck to try looking for her, returning after not long advising they need more help because they know it’s the man Steve was talking about, they know he’s dangerous. And then further away, Becca and the rest of the other three walk endlessly over an open plain.
A shot rings out near the men and their truck, even Becca, everybody else on the plains hear the sound. The lads barely manage to get away, though dropping a rifle in the process. Yet Mick is on their ass, he’s always watching, not far. He knows the land out there like the back of his hand. I love how the Aboriginal characters are helpful, they know the land, they are the good of that land. Juxtaposed with Mick, unfortunately as native to those parts as them; he represents the bad, the scourge of Australia in opposition to the Aboriginals, the first people, the keepers of the land. There’s an interesting contrast there, where they respect the land, and Mick does nothing but disrespect it, using it not for beauty but for convenience, for hiding bodies, all his crimes.
Lots of problems now. Oskar (Julian Pulvermacher) has horrible feet, bleeding and busted. Then Nina gets a snake bite. Idiot Brian fires a shot off to kill the snake, which draws the attention of Mick, taking him away from Kelly who’s heard the shot. The trackers and Steve hear it, too.
One of the trackers doesn’t last much longer. He takes a bullet to the neck, bleeding all over the seat. I love this sequence because there’s this amazing tension with everybody far apart, capable of hearing every shot on the wide, semi-barren landscape. Makes for some interesting suspense, in a sequence of scenes. Culminating in Mick killing off the other tracker, as Steve runs for his life. In an instant, he’s nabbed by the killer.
A bonus: Kelly stumbles onto the tracker’s lost rifle.
The still living tracker makes it to another Aboriginal man’s camp, this man helps him, doing a bit of natural healing on him. Mick has a bite to eat while Steve is fastened with cable ties. He taunts the guy about his lover, Johnny (Adam Fiorentino), having been eaten by a pig. Steve challenges him to a regular scrap, saying: “The world‘s full of losers like you.” This is when Kelly turns up, pointing the rifle at Mick confidently. Before she can pop off a shot, the killer stabs Steve to death, then takes the rifle from her. Yikes. She’s taken hostage for a ride in the truck.
From out of nowhere Mick has chest pains. Simultaneously we see the Aboriginal healer around the fire, singing, washing his hands in the tracker’s blood and doing some kind of ritual. Mick stumbles from his truck as Kelly watches. Another vehicle speeds out of nowhere, the Aboriginal men begin assaulting Mick. Eventually, the serial killer drops to the ground lifeless.
“Take our blood, we take yours.”
Only he ain’t dead. Not yet. He keeps pistols all over the shop, pulling one from under the truck to gun the Aboriginals down brutally. We also hear Mick speak a little of their language; he really does know the land.
The rest of the tourists see lights somewhere on the horizon, like a mine. Either way it isn’t Mick’s bloody truck. Because Mick has brought Kelly back to his place: “Home sweet home.” Been a long while since we’ve seen this spot. Gonna get rough.
Fantastic, just stellar television. Instead of taking Mick Taylor and ruining him as a character, the team behind Wolf Creek‘s brought us through two seasons with so much exciting, compelling drama and action and horror intertwined. The series follows well with the films, yet it’s a beast of its own, as well.
“Shelter” is the next episode, the penultimate chapter of Season 2. Already?! Goddamn.