This week’s episode of Lawman picks up from where last week’s episode left off — with Seagal’s bionic eye. Once again our Mojo Priest is using his bionic eye to spot criminal behavior. In the words of Seagal himself, “Years on the force and years in martial arts training keeps me aware of anything going on out there.”
Before Seagal can spy another criminal doing bad things, his team is called to the scene of a minor accident. Apparently a small child ran out into the street and was bumped by a car. After investigating the incident his team concludes that it was all an accident. Luckily for the child the injuries appear to be minor so this event becomes uneventful.
Call this chance or call it clever editing? Whatever you call it, the accident becomes a reason for Seagal and his team to visit a local children’s hospital. Here we learn that for 25 years Steven Seagal has been visiting children’s hospitals and bringing sick kids toys — you know, sort of like a violent Zen Santa with sunglasses. Kidding aside, Seagal and the other officers do spend time with the kids, pose for photos, and even deliver gifts. So I’ll declare this part of the show charity in an effort to get us back to what Steven Seagal thinks he does best: fight crime!
Back on the street one of his team members spots a suspect dropping something suspicious. A quick check determines it was drugs and Seagal’s team rolls into action. Three suspects are apprehended and for once Seagal does not stay in the background. This time he searches one of the suspects and actually finds a concealed weapon. One suspect is booked on weapons charges while the other two are released to their parents.
After a hard day’s night we get to see the Mojo Priest at rehearsal with his blues band. Yes, true Seagal fans probably already know that besides once having been a secret agent for the CIA, Steven is also a long-time blues player. Better still, we learn that his earlier visit to the hospital has inspired Seagal to perform a benefit concert on behalf of the sick kids. As kind as that sentiment is, viewers are also forced to listen to Seagal sing as he prepares for the concert. This leads me to conclude that charity comes at a very high price.
Thankfully the band practice footage is mercifully short and soon Seagal is back on the streets fighting crime. This time his team spots a suspicious looking van. At first it looks as if the van is going to flee but it eventually pulls over. A quick check of the suspect reveals that he is wanted for juvenile non-support. Seagal’s team has the man arrested without much fanfare and this part of the episode is over.
The ending of Lawman concludes with the children’s hospital charity concert. My cats and I would personally like to thank the producers of Lawman for sparing us the pain of having to hear Seagal sing for very long. I would also have to say that this episode is the least in the series so far. Yes, Seagal did do a few good deeds. However, if A&E wants to maintain its high rating the network will have to do much better next week. Let’s face it — most people are not watching this show to hear Seagal sing the velvet blues. What they want to see is Seagal thinking that he is the cop that he really isn’t. Hopefully next week’s Lawman will return to that tried and true formula!