Black Friday: CBS’ “Dark Justice”

Nicholas "Nick" Marshall starred in "Dark Justice" on CBS. (photo by CBS TV)

Justice may be blind, but it can see the dark 

Having shades of Batman, Mission: ImpossibleHardcastle & McCormick and The EqualizerDark Justice was part of CBS’ “Crimetime After Primetime” late night line-up. The show first aired on April 1991, a few months after USA Network’s Counterstrike (1990-93) with the late Christopher Plummer as Alexander Addington, a billionaire industrialist who formed and financed a private task force to fight evil, corruption and injustice worldwide after the death of his wife. 

Dark Justice followed Nicholas “Nick” Marshall (Remy Zada, 1991; Bruce Abbott, 1992-93) who lost his collars to legal loopholes as a cop, lost his cases to crooked defense lawyers as a district attorney, and now his hands were bound to the letter of the law as a judge. But Nick Marshall believed in the system … until the system took away his wife and daughter. It was then that he stopped believing in the system … and started believing in justice.

Going after the criminals in his courtroom that he knew was guilty but had to let go due to legal technicalities, Marshall enlisted special effects expert Jericho “Gibs” Gibson (Clayton Prince), former forger/con man Arnold “Moon” Willis (Dick O’Neill) and a female companion: Cat (Begona Plaza), former Interpol agent Maria Marti (Viviane Vives), and private investigator Kelly Cochrane (Janet Gunn, Silk Stalkings). 

Mild-mannered judge by day and motorcycle-riding vigilante by night, Nick Marshall and his team becomes the Night Watchmen.

The show also featured future Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss (ironically, she starred in USA Network’s short-lived 1993 series entitled Matrix, which was based on a 1988 episode of The Equalizer) as Tara McDonald, Marshall’s assistant. Like CounterstrikeDark Justice lasted three seasons until its cancellation in 1993. However, TNT aired reruns of the show for several years everyday at 5pm.

Remember: Justice may be blind, but it can see in the dark 

— video credit: CBS TV

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