Wanted is an Australian series about a tough and downtrodden supermarket teller, Lola and the strange alliance she forged with Chelsea, a young accountant with posh tastes.
They met at a bus stop where a criminal exchange had gone wrong and when Lola went to help, she and Chelsea were kidnapped by one of the ruffians. In their attempt to escape attempted murders from criminals and capture by the police, the unlikely duo turned into Australia’s Most Wanted. And they have been on the run ever since.
What started out as an already interesting (but not new) premise evolved into a more interesting look into the relationship between these two women. The younger Chelsea is green around the gills and lived a sheltered life, while Lola is older, wiser, more tested, having killed before.
I want to say that they developed a mother-daughter relationship over the three seasons, but their bond seemed more balanced and levelled. It’s almost as if they became the only other person on Earth that either of them would trust. That’s what happens when you save each other’s asses while you fumbled in and out of messes, countless times.
Despite all the coincidences and the fact that they have 29 lives (how do they not die from dehydration when stranded in the Australian outback, it’s just ridiculous), the series is rooted in some of the toughest of realities: domestic violence, crooked cops, human trafficking, smuggling, brutalities in prison, etc.
(Spoilers!) Near the end of season 3, at the verge of being caught, Chelsea launches into this emotional tirade of how they had been running (for three seasons) mostly because nobody believed that they were innocent and that they had to run. I think that “believe women” bid was nicely and timely done and the season finale can’t be better, because of it.