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"Gus, don't be the sock that got lost in the dryer.",
This review is from: Psych - Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)Shawn and Gus are back for more crime-solving adventures in the fourth season of this comic detective show.
At an early age, Shawn was taught by his dad to notice the most minute details in any setting, and he uses this skill to convince everyone around him, (apart from his childhood friend Gus) that he is a psychic. Even though this is a lie, Shawn pulls off the story with an innocent charm that makes his character just loveable enough. Together with Gus, the two manage to use Shawn's keen sense of observation and Gus's intelligent and unflappable persona to put the real bad guys in jail.
The season four box set is my first experience of Psych. I usually don't jump into a series midway through the storyline, but this show is one of those series that I have seen advertised and figured it might be worth watching if nothing else was on. When I see clips of the show, it always seemed a bit clunky and much like a poor man's Mentalist. However, I have to say these advertisements give viewers the wrong impression; I was pleasantly surprised that the show is much more than a rip-off of The Mentalist/Lie to Me. For starters, Psych began airing before those shows did, so if anyone is being ripped off, it's Psych. Psych also stands apart from the other two shows for a number of reasons. First, The Mentalist and Lie to Me are centred on the main protagonists, Simon Baker in the The Mentalist, and Tim Roth in Lie to Me. The other characters in these shows are fairly incidental, with maybe the one exception of Cho in The Mentalist. Psych is different in that it is an ensemble piece, with each character playing a significant part. From the grumpy, extremely intelligent police detective to the, sometimes hair free/very hairy dad, each character contributes to creating a truly great show. Also, in episodes of The Mentalist, it is always the most famous guest star who is the killer, which I think is a major flaw in a quality show. In Psych, this is not the case; in fact, it is quite the opposite. It seems that the most famous face is hardly ever the killer.
What stands out about Psych above all else is the superb double act that Dulé Hill and James Roday have managed to get down pat. Their banter is sharp and witty, and they are the perfect antithesis of each other. Roday spews out humorous inaccurate affirmations whereas Dulé Hill constantly corrects him, with Roday then denying that he said anything wrong in the first place. The dialogue between the pair is quick-fire and drives the whole show. I am constantly hearing about how good the double act is between O'Loughlin and Caan in Hawaii 5.0 - but as far as I am concerned, the Hill/Roday partnership leaves the Hawaii 5.0 boys behind, the Psych partnership ranks among the best. In addition to a great double act, the great characterisation in the show is truly effective in keeping the viewer guessing whodunit to the very end.
Another aspect of the show that assures that I will be a fan of Psych for (what I hope to be) many seasons to come is the barrage of movie references throughout the each show. The writers can't seem to write dialogue or create a plot without some sort of tribute to a great or not-so-great bit of cinema. In one episode, I counted about 15 movie/television references, and I am sure I missed a few. The only other show I can think of that does this to such an extent is The Simpsons. These references are the main reason I will be buying all of the other season box sets Psych very soon, as this provides a pop culture fix for me and gives me validation for my endless hours of watching TV/movies! Woohoo!
The special features in the box set include episode commentaries to inform you of the movie references that you may have missed or couldn't quite place.
All in all, Psych is a funny, clever show that perhaps does not have the production budget of similar shows like The Mentalist or Lie to Me, but at times it stands far above both of those shows in enjoyment. So don't let Psych be "the sock that got lost in the dryer" ' if you like The Mentalist/Lie to Me, you will love Psych.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2011 19:40:08 BDT
SA 2 says:
What makes you say that Cho is the only other "important" character on The Mentalist? I think that the ralationships between Patrick Jane and all the other CBI members are quite similiar when it comes to importance. It's a one man show after all, but the most important character despite Jane is Lisbon. The relationship between the two of them is going far deeper than the one between Jane and Cho.....
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