The new series, Hunters, has stitched together heart-wrenching storylines to create a suspenseful work of historical fiction. This dramatic series comes out swinging with a truly gruesome scene. At an outdoor BBQ, a man is recognized as a Nazi and he proceeds to shoot everyone, including his own wife and children to keep his secret. They do not hold back on the violence in this show, to the point where it can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. Despite the violent nature of this show, there is a strong dialogue about faith and morality. The casting was spot-on for the characters, except perhaps Pacino as a Jewish holocaust survivor. There is a feeling of uneasiness about him on screen but after seeing the finale, it might have been a purposeful choice.
This show is styled like 70’s era films and has an air of Quentin Tarantino from time to time. The main character, Jonah, played by Logan Lerman is also very into comic books and Sci-Fi. That is not where the Sci-Fi influence stops, however; One flashback borrowed from a Kurt Vonnegut short story, All the King’s Horses, which was published in 1968. It takes place on a giant chess board outside a concentration camp. One prisoner is forced to play against the commandant of the camp. They move “pieces”, which are actually other prisoners of the camp against others on the board.
When a “piece” is taken, they are killed.
Despite all of the horrific brutality, there is also an ongoing conversation about faith and morality. Ghosts of loved ones that passed pull on your heartstrings. There is a strong feeling of loss in the show shown by these characters. Morality, being a large plot point in the show, along with vengeance. Jonah is walking a fine line when he teams up with the Nazi hunters.
He is guided by his own grandmother’s ghost( she was murdered in the first episode) to stay on the right side of the light; on the one hand, choosing not to condone murder, and on the other being guided by Meyer Offerman; that it is his birthright to bring the Nazis to justice. It all comes to a head in the finale where Jonah realizes that Meyer is actually a Nazi who stole the original Meyer’s identity after the war. This pushes Jonah over the line into becoming a killer. He ignores his grandmother’s warnings and kills the imposter. So Pacino’s last act is one of corrupting Jonah.
All in all this show is entertaining and a true rollercoaster of emotions that has a hidden drop of suspense that makes it worth the wait.