In this Amazon Prime original series, actress Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy) plays Millie Morris, a black female FBI agent in the late 1970s. Last year when she was preparing for the role, we spoke on the phone. Recently, during an interview about the show, she gave me a lovely shoutout. “When I was researching the role, I spoke with two female retired agents. One of them, her name is Jerri Williams, was a bounty of information because she started out in the agency at about this time, and today has her own podcast called ”FBI Retired Case Files”. But some stories that she told me in confidence were, were astounding, absolutely outstanding. The things that you had to endure at that time as a trailblazer and I think, you know, it”s the burden of any trailblazer,” she added. Jerrika Hinton on burdens of being a trailblazer.
It was so generous of her to mention me during the interview.
Hunters also stars Al Pacino and other well-known actors. It takes place in 1977 and follows an eclectic and eccentric group of nazi hunters in New York City who find nazis living in the US under false identities and kill them. While investigating a series of strange unsolved homicides, agent Morris discovers the nazi hunters and attempts to stop them, so that the nazis can be legally brought to justice.
The series is one of the most violent TV series I’ve ever watched. It features reenactments of the atrocities of the Holocaust, along with scenes where hunters torture nazis and the nazis retaliate. I was traumatized by the gratuitous murder and mayhem, and soon began clicking the fast-forward button whenever someone was about to meet their demise. Throughout the ten episode series, they juxtaposed the violence with comedic and campy 1970s exploitation commercials and game show references. So weird. You can check out the trailer here. Please let me know your thoughts about Hunters. Did I enjoy it? I don’t know yet. I’m still traumatized, ask me later.
The one thing I do know for sure is that Jerrika Hinton’s portrayal of FBI agent Millie Morris was the most fully developed character in the series. I could relate to her initial struggles to be taken seriously and believed by her Bureau supervisors. I thought her look and the way she carried herself was spot on. I would love to see a second season focused entirely on her struggles as a black female agent in the early days of women in the FBI.