Video essay: Why was Steven Seagal such a big deal back in the day?


One day, when society lays in waste and all that is left are the ruins of our great works, another civilization–perhaps from another planet–will sort through our cultural dross and ask an important question: “Why was Steven Seagal a thing? What was the appeal?”

The book Seagalogy by Vern did a good job of explaining some key aspects of Steven Seagal. Now we have this new video essay from action movie aficionado Rossatron that’s genuinely decent. (Take a shot each time you hear that phrase.) The video discusses the era of peak Seagal in the late 80s and early 90s, when the squinting aikido man with a ponytail was at the height of his success.

Give the video essay a watch below.

What do you think about Steven Seagal? Do you even think about Steven Seagal? Let us know in the comments.

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Hubert Vigilla
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