Hunters, season 2: the review of the 8 episodes that close the Prime Video series

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Vote: 7/10 Original title: Hunters , exit: 02-20-2020. Seasons: 2.

01/15/2023 TV series review Of William Maga

The show greets the public by distorting their expectations and relaunching them, led by a cast on the ball and by a very fast pace

It’s rare to see a TV show go out of its own accord after such a short time. Although it debuted three years ago now (the review), the second – and last – season of Hunters was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now, after such a long wait the series exploitation Of Prime Videos about Nazi hunters set in the seventies returns with 8 episodes quite different in toneso much so that it seems like a completely different show.

By resetting much of what the first season had done from a narrative point of view, Hunters II is in fact closer to the revisionist history of the Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino, but with a much more current vision of the ‘rebirth’ of hatred and racism and of the different people who are willing to oppose them. Much tighter storytelling drives this season to one of the final series craziest imaginable on screen.

Picking up two years after the events of Season 1, Hunters II is set in two historical periods: The current 1979 storyline follows the now former Nazi hunters after an event in Spain forces them to disband. Jonah (Logan Lerman) lives in Paris with his fiancée, while the rest of the group is scattered around the world. When Jonah is reunited with FBI agent Millie Morris (Jerrika Hinton) with the information that Adolf Hitler (Udo Kier) is alive and well in South America, the group reunites for the most important mission of their careers.

hunters 2 poster 2023At the same time, season 2 flashes back to 1975 when Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino), now revealed to be the Nazi known as The Wolf, brings together the title hunters and new details change the whole story of this series.

If the scenes starring Al Pacino are as good as those of the first season, the search for Adolf Hitler in 1979 is the real driving force of this season. This segment features world-class performances from the entire ensemble, from new characters (including Jennifer Jason Leigh) and much more.

This season, Hunters II catches up a cohesive narrative: The team gathers to find Adolf Hitler, who is plotting his return thanks to Colonel/Eva Braun (Lena Olin) and psychopath Travis Leich (Greg Austin).

But before they can stop the Fuhrer, the hunters must overcome mutual distrust. Mindy Markowitz (Carol Kane) remains the group’s voice of reason, while Roxy (Tiffany Boone), Sister Harriet (Kate Mulvany) and Lonny Flash (Josh Radnor) are the most divided over Jonah’s actions, which are explained throughout the season.

Jonah and Millie are the key figures in this story, and Logan Lerman has a much bigger role this time than just his freshman naivety. The actor, with tousled hair and bushy beard, is a commanding presence as the team hunts down the Führer and discovers the fate of Joe Mizushima (Louis Ozawa). Let’s also see the return of many deceased characters thanks to flashbacks.

Full of violent killings, Hunters II is just as edgy and bloody as the first season, but with a slightly different feel. Moving the story from the United States to Europe, the hunt for Nazis hiding in plain sight takes on a global character, traveling not only through the battlefield sites of World War II, but also in South America, long known as the ‘meta favored by fleeing members of the Third Reich.

While in season 1 he seemed to be wallowing in the fun of killing nasty nazis in video games like Wolfenstein And call of Dutythis season comes closest to Mission: Impossibleas the protagonists resort to many elaborate schemes to find clues in their hunt for Adolf Hitler.

But there’s no shortage of funny moments, including a memorable retelling of All together passionately that will forever change the way you look at singing nuns. That said, there is one character that is still worth dwelling on.

Udo Kier, who in his long and honored career has played Doctor Frankenstein, Jack the Ripper, Doctor Jekyll and countless other villains, has played Adolf Hitler before, but that was nothing further from what we see here. While revisionist versions of the Führer’s legacy are hardly new to cinema or TV, the final episode of Hunters II offers a powerful twist on the revenge wrought upon the Nazis over the course of this series’ two seasons. while also evoking an eerie parallel with the current political landscape of 2023.

hunters series 2023 hitlerAt the end of the show, one cannot remain unsurprised that its creator David Weil has left the open storyinstead of closing all loose ends.

Thanks to the enlistment of new directors, including the director of Ozarks And Dare devil Phil Abrahamthe visuals and atmosphere of this second season take nice advantage of the slight time jump, while still playing well with the fashion and pop culture of the late seventies.

The first season of Hunters had been brutally unsettling and had benefited from the name of the executive producer Jordan Peele and the fact that it is based on real events. Although the famous Nazi hunter Simon Weisenthal, played by Judd Hirsch, nothing in Hunters II comes close to historical reality. Leaving the truth behind and fully embracing the guttural thrill of bringing Adolf Hitler to justice, we are faced with a product that rises from a simple thriller to a whirlwind of emotions.

Guided by actors in great shape and by an interpretation by Al Pacino that completely distorts the ‘sense’ of the first season, Hunters II takes a thunderous farewell. It’s a pity that it’s all over already, but applause goes to the tight writing that doesn’t sacrifice a single minute for useless chatter.

Found below the international trailer (with Italian subtitles) of the second season of Hunters, in the catalogue from 13 January:

Hunters, season 2: the review of the 8 episodes that close the Prime Video series