ByCollins Vincent, writer at
A cynic who's eaten one too many Redvines
Collins Vincent

The SyFy network is rounding out its new and returning shows, and among them hides Hunters, a new sci-fi action drama making its way to the small-screen in April. The series is based on Whitely Strieber's best-selling novel Alien Hunter, which follows a decorated Philadelphia cop who joins a secret government unit dedicated to combating a group of alien terrorists who are said to be responsible for his wife's disappearance. The show received some early buzz when the first trailer dropped, but things quickly calmed down less than a week after the series reveal. Hopefully SyFy releases another trailer or tv spot in the following months leading up to the premiere date.

Here's the basic plot:

Follows Flynn, a headstrong Baltimore FBI agent with a dark past, along with Regan, one of the government's most valuable operatives who may be keeping secrets of her own, and McCarthy, an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader.. Flynn's search for his missing wife leads him to a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists - shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world.

The topic of aliens, secret government programs, and terrorism are nothing new in today's world. People have been discussing the possibility of life somewhere else in the universe since the first observation and exploration of other planets. The real kicker is combining two things that people obsess over more than anything and that's extraterrestrials and the complex nature of terrorism. The war on terror is bit different in this series since the threat comes from off-world which only makes the enemy more unpredictable for those not prepared or equipped to combat them. Based on the trailer, it seems the show will be playing around with these themes rather heavily and touching on the idea of an facing an enemy that can hide in plain sight and organize themselves when it's time to carry out an attack. The subject matter definitely hits home in more ways than one.

The premise seems a bit basic since it's about a guy who has to track down his missing partner/ wife and ends up stumbling upon a conspiracy and eventually cuts a deal with a secret organization to work for them in return for giving him access to resources he can use in his search. It sounds basic, but there might be something below the surface-level of the plot and main character's driving motivation that will make the show stand out. The plot could take a turn in just about any direction based on the material. The main character's wife could have planned her own kidnapping and may secretly be an alien terrorist undercover. Or she might be an alien who fell in love, settled down, and tried to lead a normal life until her past caught up with her in the form of a kidnapping. Is it possible that the government kidnapped his wife and lied about who took her in order to get the main character to work for them? Who knows? That theory might even sound ridiculous. But you just never know. You can join in on the mystery if you choose to catch Hunters when it arrives in April.


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