TRUE JUSTICE — Action Icon Steven Seagal Comes To getTV In Weekly Series
In 1988, martial artist Steven Seagal made his feature film debut in Above The Law. The story of a tough Chicago cop with a special forces background — and one heck of a roundhouse kick — was a box office smash. It launched a string of hits, including Hard To Kill, Marked For Death, Out For Justice, and the Oscar nominated Under Siege. In just five years, Seagal had gone from an unknown Akido instructor from Lansing, Michigan to a household name and certified superstar.
A quarter of a century later, the action film icon brought his talents to television with True Justice, a glossy police procedural that returns Seagal to his cinematic roots. And you can see what we mean when this action series joins the getTV lineup on November 3 — two episodes in primetime every Saturday night starting at 8p ET!
Seagal — who also created the series and co-wrote 10 episodes — stars as Elijah Kane, a Cajun cop running a four-person task force in Seattle. His Special Investigation Unit includes: handsome bad boy Landon Radner (Warren Christie); low-key enforcer Andrew Mason (William “Big Sleeps” Stewart); by-the-books Juliet Sanders (Meghan Ory); and Sarah Montgomery (Sarah Lind), a new member of the team who’s eager to please, but not about to take any guff.
Set in fictional Everett County on Washington’s Puget Sound, True Justice has the feel of a television version of the Mission: Impossible film series. (And yes, we know Mission: Impossible started on TV). Each specialist has his or her individual strengths, and the team shares both barbed banter and an esprit de corps. But it’s Seagal and his martial artistry that seals the deal. As always, he’s the closer.
Like in many of his films, Seagal’s Elijah Kane is a non-traditional lawman with a shadowy past. He’s never just a cop (or “just a cook” as Casey Ryback famously claims in Under Siege). There’s always a special skill, kick, or move that implies a level of background or expertise an average law enforcement professional would lack. But the Seagal of True Justice is very much an average guy in personality and demeanor. He’s an older man than he was three decades ago, but he can still kick butt. He’s a philosopher, a teacher, and a mentor to his younger team members. And his understated, subtle performance may come as a surprise to some.
Early stories are set in an economically depressed waterfront neighborhood called Camp Harmony, a former World War II internment facility in Puyallup, Washington. The team battles Russian gangsters, a serial killer, malevolent drug cookers, militant gangs, and even the Yakuza! And then the first season comes to a SPOILER ALERT! explosive conclusion and everything changes.
The series reboots slightly for season two, with Kane on a quest for vengeance with a new team behind him, including: Mark Simms (Lochlyn Munro), Johnny Garcia (Jesse Hutch), Marcus Mitchell (Adrian Holmes) and former newbie Sarah Montgomery. (Other than Seagal, Lind is the only principal cast member who sticks around for both seasons.) Unlike the first season, which told self-contained, two-part stories, season two of True Justice has a single "Who Done It?" narrative arc in which Kane and the team pursue a murderous villain known as The Ghost.
True Justice originally aired on the Reelz Channel in the United States and the series has the patina of a feature film. Episodes are sharply written, briskly paced, and often helmed by well-known action directors, including Wayne Rose (Battlestar Galactica). Guest stars include George Takei (Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu), Martin Cummins (Sheriff Keller on Riverdale and Henry Gowen on When Calls The Heart), Tzi Ma (24), Darren Shahlavi (Mortal Kombat) and Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, True Lies).
If you enjoy police procedurals, bone-crushing action, or just Seagal as a performer, True Justice is a treat. And, for those who have dismissed Seagal as a past-his-prime action star, this entertaining series may be a revelation. “Anyone who wants to quit should quit,” Elijah Kane says to a retiring officer at the beginning of True Justice’s second season. “I wanna kill the bad guys.”
Watch True Justice Saturday nights at 8p ET on getTV. For more info, visit the getTV schedule.