In season 2 episode 2 of the new season of the Amazon Prime Video series Hunters, flashbacks and forwards clarify the histories of the hunter team members and reveal how they came together to bust Nazis. Starting this episode off is a very surreal musical number that is obviously a homage to The Sound of Music.
But also, it’s likely there’s some inspiration from Sam Riami in there, as Harriet plays a long con, undercover as a governess to the Rolf Von Klaussen children in Austria. This is so she can get close to the Nazi father Rolf and kill him.
She knifes him in full view of the children. All that damned yodeling was worth it, after all.
Jonah goes to see Agent Miller and drops the intelligence that Hitler is most likely alive. Is she in?
Of course she is, as long as they get the team back together.
Hunters season 2 episode 2 recap: Hunters are back in biz
In Spain, Lonny Flash is on press tour to promote his movie Eight Ways to Shabbat. No kidding, that’s the title.
He tears up as the interviewer asks him about his inspiration. He finishes snorting a line of coke in the bathroom.
Then Miller and Jonah show up to recruit him for the Hitler mission. The same thing happens in Marseilles.
Roxy is busy forging a Van Gogh when Jonah and Miller force themselves into her house. Next up is Mindy, back in the US at New York City, as she is minding her grandchildren at the park.
Last to be recruited is Harriet, who has been based in Vienna for a while. In a flashback to 1975, we discover that Joe Mizushima had worked as a contractor for Meyer’s factory.
When three guys attack him on the manufacturing floor of Offerman Ventures, Joe lays them out with ease. His combat skills impress Meyer.
After his credentials check out as a former military vet bad%^& with tours in Vietnam, this is how Joe gets recruited into the hunters.
Hunters season 2 episode 2 recap: A Nazi haven in Argentina
Flash forward to 1979 and the newly reassembled hunters are on a plane to Buenos Aires. Old issues arise but Agent Miller keeps them focused on the mission.
Their first clue to find Hitler is through the escaped German industrialist, Klaus Rhinehart. The man is now the head of Argentina’s steel industry.
Travis Leich steps into an ice cream shop in NYC to dodge some cops. Then we see him later on in Argentina, when he emerges from the hidden compartment of a pickup truck owned by some coyotes.
Travis shoots the coyotes and makes his way to the hidden compound of the Fourth Reich conspiracists. It’s there that we discover that Joe is indeed in the employ of Eva Braun.
He’s the one who fetches Travis and brings him to Hitler’s mansion. When Eva faces Travis, she confesses that Hitler is lost and can’t see the way forward for the Fourth Reich.
She and Travis must now lead the way, eventually taking out Hitler when the time is right.
Hunters season 2 episode 2 recap: Night at the opera
In Buenos Aires, the hunter team is dressed up for the opera, to capture Klaus Rhinehardt and find a way to extract intelligence from him, regarding Hitler’s location. Everything’s going well, until Lonny is mistaken for one of the performers because of his stupid peacocky jacket and gets pulled on-stage.
Then Jonah, Miller and, Lonny all get into fights for different reasons. Only Jonah gets the better of his assailant.
But before he can discover who the masked man is, Harriet steps in and tells Jonah to stand down. The masked man, who’s clearly working with Harriet, punches Jonah and he falls unconscious.
Hunters season 2 episode 2 recap: Review
Honestly, the best thing about this confusing and stutteringly paced episode, was how Joe Mizushima was recruited into the hunters team. I know it’s a very short sequence that’s even interrupted by literally pointless time jumps.
But those few moments gave us some pretty crucial background into Joe as a character. The fact that Joe served voluntarily in Vietnam and then he and his family were herded into the American internment camps by the US government with the rest of the Japanese-Americans while WWII raged, was intense.
Other than that, the re-assembly of the team was exciting enough but that their first mission together (gathering intelligence to find Klaus Rhinehardt) was botched by, honestly, very poor intelligence prep and field research. Also, you can almost literally cut out most of the Meyer flashbacks and still have the point of the episode intact.
Well, except for the one with Joe and Meyer interacting. Why can’t they put all the Meyer flashbacks into one episode anyway?
The constant interruption of the flashbacks and flash forwards just derail the flow! That said, the mystery of the masked men who hijacked the hunters at the opera house is something I am dying to find out.
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