We are four episodes into Seagal’s Lawman and a pattern is starting to emerge — each week the show appears to have a theme. So far the television series has covered firearms, hand-to-hand combat, and youthful criminal offenders.
This week’s episode starts off with Seagal’s team apprehending a suspect who is carrying a firearm. It’s soon discovered that this individual is a convicted felon who is out on parole. Naturally, the firearm is a parole violation and the suspect is promptly charged and arrested. This segment ends with Seagal saying that being a police officer is "not about getting the bad guy as much as being a friend to the good guy." Ergo, our theme for this week emerges: law enforcement as the proverbial good guy.
Now to be honest with you I’d have been perfectly content spending the rest of the series poking fun at our B-movie action hero. However, I find myself faced with a small problem. This week’s episode was low on Seagal cheese and high on respect for law enforcement officers. In fact, a good portion of the show was a tribute to the late Sheriff Harry Lee who recently passed away due to an illness.
Here is my dilemma — I used to work with criminals so I have a pretty good idea of what a lousy job law enforcement and correctional officers have. Therefore I cannot bring myself to make fun of this particular episode. So the producers of Lawman leave me with one alternative — meet seriousness with seriousness.
In the December 2 issue of the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement reporter Scott Glover authored a lengthy piece about Steven Seagal’s Lawman. Mr. Glover’s research reveals that, among other things, Seagal is probably not a certified law enforcement officer and his rank for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office is nothing more than honorary.