After years of delivering the action on the big screen, Steven Seagal took to the small screen in 2009 with his reality series Steven Seagal: Lawman. After a couple of successful seasons in 2011 Seagal developed a scripted action series True Justice in hopes to take it to a whole new level. Sadly it never aired in the US with the exception of being released on home video edited together in some movies. Thanks to REELZ Channel we finally had the chance to get a glimpse into this action series when they began airing it on April 26, 2012.
True Justice follows an ex CIA operative leading a special undercover police task force solving dispensing their own brand of justice while trying to not to blur the lines between good and bad. While the show doesn’t offer anything all that new in regards to the format of the show, it does deliver enough on the action to step it up above others like it. With this season they stick to pretty generic crimes involving serial killer, drug dealers, etc. with each story usually lasting through a two episode story arc. They play each story up with the normal arc of the week style story telling they keep the small aspects of continuing elements to help evolve the characters. Seagal delivers his usual stoic performance with his stereotypical mumble southern drawl, but still does a decent job carrying the series. His smart move is to keep himself as the leader, mentor, and ultimate badass behind the team and let the other actors carry the show and do the heavy lifting bringing the show together. As for the real star of the show the action it delivers on the big screen scale in every way. Every episode delivers at least one over the top action spectacle delivered in a realistic world setting. Seagal is doing some of his best martial arts fighting in years letting loose on those in his path.
Obviously the series is geared towards the fans of Seagal, but if you’re willing to give it a shot you might be pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t break any barriers in the TV world, but works well for Seagal and his team. Besides being a great action series, the finale episodes deliver the kind of action and twists that are missing in most shows on TV and will keep you on the edge of your seat with almost an hour of nonstop action.
Season Two is airing now on REELZ Channel and will be the place to watch for replays of this fun first season.