GRAPHIC BY YING YANG
By CHRISTINA QUACH
It is time to get psyched for the revival of Psych, a show about fake psychic detectives, crimes that should not seem hilarious (but they ironically are) and most importantly, pineapples.
After three years, the Psych cast reunites in Psych: The Movie, which premiered on Dec. 7 on USA Network.
Taking place in San Francisco, Psych revolves around Shawn Spencer, the ex-honorary psychic detective of the Santa Barbara Police Department, who finds himself in a sticky situation when his girlfriend is threatened with a terrible photoshop printout called “The Crimes of O’Hara.” While struggling to find out the origins of the printout, he is also trying to discover the whereabouts of his lost engagement ring.
Psych: The Movie manages to embody what a true reboot should be, taking us back in time with its biting humor and its rekindling of old friendships.
First off, Psych: The Movie is able to tastefully incorporate its old humor into the film without it being overbearing. Often times, reboots tend to exaggerate the characteristics that made the show unique in order to capture the original aura that it had. This, to put in colloquial terms, makes the show seem try hard and cringy; certain aspects are evidently not the same as the original series and by overcompensating, these differences are more prominent. On the other hand, Psych: The Movie manages to maintain the playful traits it had in the original series; there is no disconnect with the show.
For instance, when faced with a sword wielding villain, Spencer and his partner in crime, Burton Guster, says, “I’m not even afraid [of the guy who might kill us at any moment], I’m just simply bedazzled.” These hilarious quips paired with the ironically funny scenes of the film where Spencer utilizes his “psychic abilities” capture the silly atmosphere the original series had.
Additionally, Spencer and Guster’s relationship is as strong as ever. Their affectionate insults for one another, their love for snacking at the wrong moment and their weird obsession over pineapples is one of the reasons why the show gained traction in the first place. With the way they they bounce their jokes off each other, it is as if three years had not even passed.
However, with the pros come the cons. To put bluntly, the plot is all over the place. While this is not uncommon in the series, many scenes do not add to the storyline; they rather cloud the plot. Additionally, the ending of the movie is too abrupt. By adding a major event in the last three minutes and then cutting it off at the climax, the film ultimately seems rushed. In the film’s defense, the abrupt ending is due to the director’s hope to create a sequel, but the anticipation that they are trying to create for the next film is ruined with the bad ending.
Worst of all, Carlton Lassiter, one of the best characters of the show, only appears for a minute for a video chat. Lassiter is a headstrong cop that always tries to discredit Spencer’s psychic abilities. His relationship with Spencer is one of the main driving forces of the show; their constant banter, his sarcastic humor and his blunt statements are the backbone of the series. With his absence, the movie seems empty, as if it is missing the one factor that completes the film.
In conclusion, Psych: The Movie revitalizes the original essense of the show with its playful humor and reminiscent friendships, but the film itself lacks both a cohesive plot and the snarky relationship that characterized the show.