Steven Seagal: Lawman is Actually Not Bad

Why anyone who lives in the district where Steven Seagal works as a policeman would commit a crime is beyond me, but thank Buddha they do. As of last night's premiere, the Zen-teaching, femur-snapping, advice-mumbling action-movie star is the centerpiece of his own A&E; reality series, Steven Seagal: Lawman, and it's actually kind of... awesome.

Seagal, of course, is the star of such full-throttle DVD hits as Under Siege and that one where he threw a Rasta gangster down an elevator shaft. But—and this sounds just like a tagline from one of his movies—there's more to Steven Seagal than you might think. The one-time punchline has been a deputy sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, for 20 years now, keeping his second career out of the limelight... (cue action movie trailer voice!) UNTIL NOW!

Steven Seagal: Lawman is several reality shows rolled into one—and the first reality show starring a celebrity who seems like he doesn't want to be famous. Seagal has said he decided to do Lawman to bring to light the work police do and the troubles that plague post-Katrina New Orleans. And you know what? I believe him.

Instead of showboating Seagal as an ass-kicking policeman, the producers highlight him for what he is: a serious officer of the law, a mentor to his coworkers, and a fiercely loyal friend who sometimes spouts Zen wisdom that's both humorous and eerily sage-like. Combined with the heart-pounding ride-alongs, Lawman strikes a balance between showing Seagal as a big-time movie star who gets recognized by the people he arrests and an honest working-class policeman just trying to do a good job and protect the people.

But let's face it: This is Steven Seagal, and there's a line between serious TV and overt campiness that Lawman dances across. Obviously, producers couldn't completely ignore Seagal's mystique, so they've employed a technique I like to call "Seagal-o-vision." When no-gooders walking the street tip off that they're up to no good—a slight of hand into the pocket! Is it a gun!? (it's a gun)—the screen goes all wacky, the "tell" is highlighted in some weird Mentalist way, and Seagal moves into action. Somehow, it works spectacularly.

Maybe it's because I had low expectations, but Steven Seagal: Lawman was a major surprise. I will, however, reserve final judgment until the show highlights his other hobby: Being a musician.

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I heartily concur with your assessment. I especially enjoyed the training segments. "Do you want to see me as a movie star or someone that can save your life?". He has earned my utmost respect.
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I never meant it as a racist thing, they were doing their jobs correctly, it was just a fun little thing I noticed :P

Oh and apparently the pilot got 3.5 million viewers :P
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This was also my reaction! For years I've been saying the 2 most frightening words in the English language are Steven Seagal. Well, to movie/tv watchers anyway. I could feel my IQ points drop just flipping past one of his movies. While he might be able to kick ass, the man just CANNOT act. I was really impressed with this show though. Over the summer I became addicted to Police Women of Broward County and I enjoyed this every bit as much I'm surprised to say. As for Mr Alexander's comment...yes they were, but they patrol a low-income part of New Orleans. Sad to say, I think that's the demographic in those areas.
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I hate to admit it but I found the show interesting.
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Not bad. Hey MR_A. Every person they chased, went after, etc were from radio dispatches. They weren't shaking down random people.
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The show is actually pretty good. I'm also surprised. As far as the racist below me is concerned- those african americans were also walking down the street brandishing 9mm handguns.
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Better that I thought
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Watched it as a joke at first, actually not terrible (and that's something for Steven Seagal), one thing I noticed however is that every person he arrested or thought was suspicious was african american :P
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SOunds interesting.. will check it out for sue
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Meh, still not interested
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It looks funny and really interesting.
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