And yet, Hunters, like The Walking Dead before it, feels like a risk. There was a time when hordes of the undead shambling across our TV screens felt like an impossibility, just a horror fan's unfulfilled pipe dream. The Nazis in Hunters aren't brain-hungry fiends; they're actually much worse. The show portrays them, at times, through a heightened lens, to really drive home the point that Nazis -- through all the historical, and fictionalized, perspectives we've gotten over the years -- are truly the worst kind of monsters.
But, given the style and substance featured in these first 10 episodes, it's easy to see how some viewers, and networks alike, may shy away from such grim, bloody, over-the-top content like Hunters. Remember, it took three years for The Walking Dead to become a bonafide hit.
Through all the creative (and gruesome) kills and retro callbacks featured throughout the first season, Hunters brings with it a fair share of authenticity and heart which helps to keep the show grounded. And at the center of it all is 19-year-old Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerner), a comic book fan who's faced with a tragedy that rocks his world, leading him to the discovery of some deep-seated truths that are hard for him to handle.
When he witnesses his grandmother Ruth's (Jeannie Berlin) murder -- he calls her safta, the Heberw word for grandmother -- Jonah goes down a rabbit hole of sorts, making it his mission to find her killer and get his revenge. This choice leads him to learn that his lovely grandmother led a secret vigilante life that she did her best to keep separate from her home life with her grandson.
When Meyer Offerman comes into the picture, Jonah's world gets turned upside down. Pacino delivers an uncharacteristically subdued performance as the Holocaust survivor and old friend of Jonah's grandmother. And it works quite well here, even if his Yiddish accent feels a bit put-on. Through all the exposition and set up that unfolds in the first 90-minute episode, the closing scene is where Meyer fully commits to taking Jonah under his wing, introducing him to the rest of his Nazi-killing team.
These inglorious hunters include insufferable actor/master of disguise, Lonny Flash (Josh Radner), former Mi6 agent and logistics expert, Sister Harriet (Kate Mulvaney), married couple/weapons experts Mindy and Murray Markowitz (Carol Kane and Saul Rubinek), lockpicking/counterfeiter/crime-scene clean-up aficionado, Roxy Jones (Tiffany Boone), and the punch-happy Vietnam vet, Joe Mizuhshima (Louis Ozawa).