Premiering on April 10, Syfy’s Hunters is a harsh, bloody and grimy series that is, in this era of terror, adroitly of our times. The alien-enemy-among-us show is also, as I say in my video review above, eminently watchable television on a channel that could prove very successful here in its goal of seeking to simultaneously solidify its base and widen its appeal.

deadline-review-badge-dominic-pattenOrdered straight to series in September 2014, Hunters certainly has some genre heavy hitters on board, with The Walking Deads Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez of the 12 Monkeys TV series executive producing the 13-episode first season. Based on Whitley Strieber’s 2013 bestseller Alien Hunter, the series showrun by Chaidez depicts a world where the weak are prey, the strong are suspect, and conspiracies abound.

From the season opener, which sees a victim of former Nip/Tuck co-star Julian McMahon’s sadistic villain McCarthy caged and naked, little is left to the imagination visually in this stylized series. As Hunters’ Exo-Terrorism Unit swings into action against McCarthy and others, the gore level and body count rise. Nathan Phillips, who starred on FX’s The Bridge, joins the ETU as an FBI agent who is searching for his suddenly missing wife. All of which would be a certain type of show you may feel you’ve seen before if there weren’t larger issues at hand here. Using the tale of American Horror Story alum Britne Oldford as an ETU operative who is more than human, the show from Universal Cable Productions and Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment probes the multi-faceted question of who is the other and who really are the hunters here? In her role as the secretive Regan, Oldford takes the audience through the plots within plots that weave in and around Hunters – keeping you watching even when the carnage makes you want to look away.

With The X-Files revival over and The Walking Dead now off the air until fall, Hunters will provide something familiar to genre fans but new at the same time. But there is more to this safe-but-not-so-safe fanboy/fangirl harbor than just things that go bump in the night. In sync with the tone of today, the shadows found everywhere on Hunters are well worth putting into the spotlight of your Monday night viewing.

Take a look at my review and tell us what you think.