'Psych' is back again and better than ever

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 7:33pm

NOSELL

Peacock

The television show “Psych” has always been a part of my life. I remember coming home one day from school when I was six, and my mom was watching an episode. Even though I was much younger than the target audience, I remember finding the show so funny. The show primarily follows Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez, “A Million Little Things”) and Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill, “Holes”) as they aid the police in solving various crimes, with Shawn pretending he’s a psychic to help solve the mysteries. As you may guess, nothing ever works out quite the way they expect, which often leads to humor. 

As I got older, I started to watch the show and understand more than the humor: the mysteries, the references and the romance. A couple years later, when the series finale aired, I remember crying because I was so devastated that the show that had come to mean so much to me was ending. But then a few years later, the creators announced that they were making a movie, which I watched and loved. And then a few years after that, they announced they were making a sequel. When my family and I found out that the movie was going to be released on the new streaming service Peacock, we came to the conclusion that we had to get it, if only to watch “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home.” And we did.

I wasn’t expecting the film to be perfect; it was years after the original show ended, so I knew it wouldn’t be the same as watching “Psych.” But I did love watching it. When I watched the first film, it felt like something was missing because Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson, “Supernatural”) was absent due to the actor having a stroke. However, he was back in this movie, and it felt like the characters’ dynamic was almost the exact same as it was in the original show. The whole “Psych” family was back together, which is what fans had been hoping for for such a long time.

The mystery in the movie was probably its lowest point, because I think the writers tried to do too much all at once. The film is set after Lassiter had been shot, and he doesn’t remember anything about his attack. So of course, Shawn, Gus and Shawn’s love interest, Juliet (Maggie Lawson, “Outmatched”), all begin to work the case, trying to figure out who almost killed their friend, trying their best to not let anyone else know that they are getting involved in the case. The concept is certainly interesting, but in all honesty, “Psych” mysteries were perfect for a 45-minute long episode and not quite right for an hour-and-a-half long movie. It felt that they were just dragging out the storyline to fit a movie when it probably could have easily fit in the time of a normal episode. 

Despite that, though, there were aspects of the mystery that were still enticing, such as the chilling vibe of the hospital where Lassiter was staying and the impact of the attack on all the characters. But any “Psych” fan knows that you don’t really watch “Psych” for the mystery; that’s just the cherry on top. You watch “Psych” for the characters and for the humor, and those elements were executed perfectly in this movie.

Shawn and Gus’s iconic friendship was as intact as it had always been, and it is the number one relationship in the entire show. The film centers primarily around them, and their joking banter was just as fluid as it was 10 years ago, like with Shawn’s everlasting list of nicknames for Gus. You would never have guessed that these two men hadn’t been working together every single day like they used to. And the humor in this movie was somehow even better than in the original show. From callbacks, bits and quotes from the original show like “Come on, son” to coroner Woody’s (Kurt Fuller, “Supernatural”) cluelessness to hallucinations featuring slightly odd past character Mary Lightly (Jimmi Simpson, “Under the Silver Lake”), the film had me laughing on the floor sometimes. 

Frankly, in the very beginning, I was concerned about how the “Psych” movies were going to turn out. I was worried that they would be ruining one of my all-time favorite TV shows. But they didn’t. In fact, by bringing beloved characters back together again, the showrunners and movie creators were able to emulate all the qualities that made “Psych” such an incredible show.