True Justice

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True Justice
TRUE JUSTICE poster.jpg
Genre Drama, Action, Crime
Created by Steven Seagal
Written by Steven Seagal (season 1)
Keoni Waxman (season 2)
Directed by Keoni Waxman
Wayne Rose
Lauro Chartrand
Starring Steven Seagal
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time 1 hour
Production company(s) Voltage Pictures
Release
Original network 5USA & Reelz
Original release July 6, 2011 – September 26, 2012
External links
Website

True Justice is an American television action series created by Steven Seagal that ran for two seasons in 2012 and 2013.[1] Seagal stars as Elijah Kane, the head of the "Special Investigation Unit", an undercover police task force, in Seattle, Washington.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Name Portrayed by Seasons
1 2
Elijah Kane Steven Seagal Main
Sarah Montgomery Sarah Lind Main
Andre Mason William "Big Sleeps" Stewart Main Recurring
Juliet Sanders Meghan Ory Main
Landon Radner Warren Christie Main
Marcus Mitchell Adrian Holmes Recurring Main
Mark Simms Lochlyn Munro Main
Johnny Garcia Jesse Hutch Main
Jessica Finch Tanaya Beatty Main

Supporting cast[edit]

Name Portrayed By Episodes
Sheriff Graves Adrian Hough 12 episodes
Jordan Sparks Elizabeth Thai 8 episodes
Edi "Edward" Gogol Zak Santiago 8 episodes
Brad Gates Kyle Cassie 6 episodes
Hiro Alex Mallari Jr. 6 episodes
Castillo Ty Olsson 6 episodes
Richard Lynch Rick Ravanello 6 episodes
Anna Zemenko Emilie Ullerup 5 episodes
Milan Saric Mike Dopud 3 episodes
Thomas Madison (T.M.) Snow Martin Cummins 3 episodes
Nikoli Putin Gil Bellows 3 episodes
Tanaka George Takei 2 episodes

Series continuity and setting[edit]

The series is notionally set in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound area, the Sherriff's Department being that of fictional Everett county, with headquarters in downtown Seattle.

Most Season One and Two episodes feature plots involving an economically depressed near-to-Seattle waterfront community known as Camp Harmony, a historic World War Two internment site located in what is now Puyallup, Washington. The community is portrayed as an eclectic mix of Native Americans, immigrants from east Asia, impoverished trailer-residing Caucasians, ex-convicts, and refugees from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Season One features Harmony's refugee Louisiana fishermen as integral to drug smuggling in supposedly difficult to navigate and labyrinthine waterways of the Puget Sound. Principal production and photography occurred in Vancouver, British Columbia. Second unit shots and stock footage from Seattle are used to provide localized context between scenes.

Release[edit]

The series first aired on Nitro, a TV station in Spain, starting on May 12, 2011.[3] It premiered in the UK on 5 USA, with the first episode broadcast on 20 July 2011.[4] The series started airing on Reelz Channel on March 30, 2012.[5]

On April 26, 2012, U.S. broadcaster ReelzChannel renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes.[2] For the second season, the supporting cast changed slightly and had a new writing team. The second season is sub-titled "The Ghost", the name of the villain that the main characters are pursuing. 5USA also broadcast the 2nd season, starting on 4 July 2012.[6]

Some episodes were made available in Poland on Cyfrowy Polsat VOD, between 30 September and 31 October 2011.[7]

The series is gradually being released on DVD and Blu-ray, two episodes at a time, edited into single "movies" (see below). A box set of the first season was released in Australia by Paramount Home Entertainment on December 8, 2011.

UK DVDs[edit]

True Justice was gradually released as a series of DVD (and some Blu-ray) "movies" in the UK, with each disc editing together two episodes. Deadly Crossing was also released in Mexico by Videomax under their Gussi label.[8] The releases were:

  1. Deadly Crossing (Season One, episodes one and two)
  2. Dark Vengeance (Season One, episodes three and four)
  3. Street Wars (Season One, episodes five and six)
  4. Lethal Justice (Season One, episodes seven and eight)
  5. Brotherhood (Season One, episodes nine and ten)
  6. Urban Warfare (Season One, episodes eleven and twelve)
  7. Vengeance is Mine (Season Two, episodes one and two)
  8. Blood Alley (Season Two, episodes three and four)
  9. Violence of Action (Season Two, episodes five and six)
  10. Angel of Death (Season Two, episodes seven and eight)
  11. Dead Drop (Season Two, episodes nine and ten)
  12. One Shot One Life (Season Two, episodes eleven and twelve)

NB: Neither season's final episode was included on any of these DVDs.

Accolades[edit]

Year Festival Category Award Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Leo Awards Leo Best Stunt Coordination in a Dramatic Series Lauro Chartrand (stunt coordinator) Won [9]
Best Direction in a Dramatic Series Lauro Chartrand (director) Nominated
UBCP/ACTRA Awards, Vancouver UBCP Award Best Stunt Maja Aro / ACTRA Toronto Performers Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sweney, Mark (2 July 2010). "Five buys Steven Seagal police show for digital channel". Guardian. London. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b Munn, Patrick (April 26, 2012). "ReelzChannel Renews Steven Seagal's True Justice For Second Season". TVWise. Retrieved April 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nitro estrena Justicia Extrema" (in Spanish). Nitro. 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2011. NITRO, the channel Antena 3, is converted from tomorrow Thursday at 22:15 am in the first World Television to broadcast the series Extreme Justice (True Justice), starring and produced by Steven Seagal. 
  4. ^ "Season 1 - Dark Vengeance, Part 1". 5USA. July 2011. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Munn, Patrick (February 1, 2012). "ReelzChannel Sets Premiere Date For True Justice". TVWise. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vengeance is Mine". 5USA. 
  7. ^ "Serial "Bez litości" w Cyfrowym Polsacie" (in Polish). Media2.pl. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gussi Store". Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ "True Justice award-listing on IMDb". 

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