Amazon Prime’s new television series Hunters is pretty good. What it gets right it really gets right, and, what it gets wrong is tolerable over the 10 episodes of the first season. I’m not going to give away the whole show or tell you all of the plot twists in this review, this is just a high level about things I liked and didn’t without giving away everything.

The basic premise of the series is a wealthy, Holocaust survivor named Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) leads a group of Nazi Hunters in 1977 New York City that stumbles on a plot to start a 4th Reich in America. The group must race against time to stop it while not getting caught by the FBI or the Nazis who are both hot on their trail.

Marcella Wallace likes the way Sister Harriet tortures people

Offerman is basically Professor X to his team’s X-Men. His team is pretty diverse and includes an Asian American Vietnam veteran (Louis Ozawa Changchien), a washed-up actor (Josh Radnor), an English nun (Kate Mulvany), an old married couple (Carole Kane and Saul Rubinek), a black chick with an afro (Tiffany Boone) and Offerman’s grandson (Logan Lerman).

The comic book analog fits the series pretty well. Lerman’s character works at a comic book store and talks about comics occasionally. Also, the early episodes have a satirical comic book, pulpy feel to them. This was probably my least favorite thing about the series, but for the most part, they pretty much drop most of that about 3 episodes in because it doesn’t really work. In fact, the first scene of the series is arguably the worst scene in the series. These scenes feel like something out of Natural Born Killers where it is more jarring and strange than entertaining or clever. It’s like Garth Ennis by the way of Quentin Tarantino, and it’s just strange.

Another thing I criticize briefly is some the German accents, which are terrible (looking at you, Dylan Baker).

Al Pacino at his scenery-chewing finest

The always great Lena Olin (Alias) plays the leader of the 4th Reich, but she’s basically playing her Alias character Irina Derevko, who is great because that character was the best thing about that show. Her henchman played by Greg Austin (Class) is a real prick that you’ll love to hate.

This fucking guy

The other stand out actors on the series are Radnor, Mulvany, and Pacino who chews the scenery in just about every scene he’s in. The other actors are for the most part all outstanding, but the characters you want to watch are the heroes and villains mentioned above.

Overall, this is a good story with good characters and acting that is much better when it plays it straight then when it tries to be too edgy or clever for its own good, which thankfully, is greatly reduced as the series continues.