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Wentworth: Season 3
Score: 95%
Rating: TV-MA
Publisher: Acorn Media
Region: 1
Media: DVD/4
Running Time: 580 Mins.
Genre: Crime/Drama/TV Series
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes for Each Episode
  • A Day on the Set with Jess
  • Photo Gallery

Wentworth: Season 3 opens up some four months after the earth-shattering finale of Season 2 where Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack, Rake, Deep Water) finally exacts her revenge on Brayden Holt for overdosing her beloved daughter, shooting him dead in cold blood. She receives a life sentence with no parole, so she's a woman with nothing to lose and returns to Wentworth as Queen Bea, going from mousy housewife, when she first got there, to the literal Queenpin of the entire facility. No one is more disappointed to see her return than the Governor, Joan "The Freak" Ferguson (Pamela Rabe), who doesn't appreciate Bea's challenge to her authority. The two will face off multiple times, with neither one willing to back down.

What Bea doesn't realize is that Ferguson is playing a very long game and hopes to decimate Will Jackson's (Robbie Magasiva) life, whom she blames for the death of Jianna, an inmate at a prison she worked at previously and with whom she had a relationship. However, she has no problem destroying anyone else who gets in the way, and in fact, she enjoys it. Just ask Matthew Fletcher (Aaron Jeffrey), who was run over last season for discovering too much. He has a long road ahead of him and some debilitating injuries and memory loss, but the old Fletch will pop his head back up soon enough.

Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson), Ferguson's trusty Deputy Governor, is right there by Ferguson's side, even with the knowledge of the many despicable things Fergie's done, up to and including being responsible for multiple murders. The Freak's list of victims grows this season as Ferguson singles out Franky Doyle's (Nicole Da Silva) new girlfriend, Jodie, and victimizes her brutally while in the slot, in order to get Jodie to do her bidding. A riot occurs in the prison pretty early on in the season, and Vera Bennett is captured by a band of hooded inmates, held with a needle to her neck. When Ferguson refuses to step in to save her, Vera discovers that she, too, can fall victim to Ferguson's plans, even just as collateral damage.

Liz Birdsworth (Celia Ireland) finds herself back in prison after her unwitting part in Bea's shenanigans last season and, much to her surprise, while trying to reach out to her daughter Sophie (Edwina Samuels), she discovers the girl arriving in Wentworth following a drunk driving accident. Like drunk mother, like drunk daughter. The pair struggle to come to terms with their relationship and situation, but Franky is always there with a shoulder to lean on for Sophie, much to Liz's chagrin. Although Franky actually has her eye on the new board-appointed shrink, Bridget Westfall (Libby Tanner), someone the Governor will go up against on more than one occasion. Franky is finally up for parole, but will her eventual alliance with Bea against Ferguson be her undoing?

It's not all horror at Wentworth, though. Sweet and lovely Doreen Anderson (Shareena Clanton) is due to have her baby at any minute and her love, Nash (Luke McKenzie), is busy readying the house for the baby and Doreen's eventual release. With Liz having so many problems with Sophie's incarceration at Wentworth, Doreen appoints young and "innocent" Jess Warner (Georgia Chara) as her alternate carer for the baby and Jess is over the moon. You may remember she was jailed for some incident with her charge when she was a nanny. This girl is bat-sh*t crazy and I don't know how everyone there can't see it. Have they never seen The Hand that Rocks the Cradle??? Anyway, needless to say, Jess gets very attached to baby Joshua and chaos ensues.

Maxine Conway (Socratis Otto) gets a lot more screen time this season and she is Bea's main henchwoman. I never thought I'd love this character like I do, but Maxine is just awesome. Tough, bad ass, but so sweet when it really counts. Look for her to have some pretty interesting interactions with Sue "Boomer" Jenkins (Katrina Milosevic), especially when Boomer and Franky develop a rift in their friendship.

I've only touched the tip of the iceberg here, but suffice it to say that Wentworth just keeps getting better and better and Wentworth: Season 3 is certainly no exception. Bea has become more formidable than ever, even so much as taking up Jaqs' post at the steam press and she is not only feared, but respected by the women of Wentworth. The season finale only serves to reinforce this as we finally get to see the Governor get a taste of her own medicine, but also Bea and Franky's true colors shine through. I'll just say this - the season finale will reign down literal hellfire on Wentworth and you'll just have to see for yourself who rises from the proverbial (and actual) ashes.

In addition to the episodes, there are short featurettes on every episode, giving you peeks into what the cast and crew were going for, as well as a photo gallery and an on-set walkthrough with Jess. All are fun, but the real gems are the episodes, themselves.

If you haven't yet seen Wentworth, do yourself a favor and check it out from the beginning. It's much darker and grittier than Orange is the New Black, but any fan of that show will probably want to check out Wentworth, as well. Highly recommended.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins
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