I loved Psych. Even though I avoided watching it for a long time, when I finally relented, it became one of my favorite oddball detective series of all time. I really miss it too, even though it survived for 8 seasons on USA, I wish it had never gone away. So when I heard that series creator Steve Franks wanted to bring it back for a TV movie, I was ecstatic. I just wanted more of the adventures of Shawn and Gus so I waited the long months until it finally aired and it was the first thing I watched that night.
So was it worth the wait? Guess you’re going to have to find out below the fold.
Following the traumatic events of the Psych series finale, where Shawn’s engagement ring was stolen just as he was about to pop the question to Juliet, we open three years later with the couple still not married because the ring still has not been found. The whole crew has moved to San Francisco, where Shawn is still struggling to be a detective out of his Gremlins-themed office in China Town, when Juliet’s partner gets shot and it’s up to Shawn and a hesitant Gus to hunt down the culprit.
Was this good? Damn straight it was! It was almost as though the show had never gone anywhere. Everyone came back as good as they were when the series went off the air in 2014. Sure, some of them looked a little older, but they were all 100% on point. Everyone came back, even Timothy Osmondson who had a minor stroke earlier in the year and couldn’t be as much a part of the action as I’m sure he wishes, but he was great in whatever limited capacity he could manage.
Usually when you get these reunion-type movies, there’s something off about them. After years being away, people forget exactly how that character went, but not this time. It’s like they walked off the set on Friday and came back to make the movie on Monday morning. The only thing that felt wrong was Gus’ car, I really wish they had been able to use another Toyota Echo in whatever color they could find. The Blueberry/Cranberry was a staple of the original series and having it gone was disappointing. That’s the only part that I missed though because otherwise, this was just about perfect.
The rumor mill suggests that maybe, just maybe, there could be some interest in a return to TV for the Psych crew, which I would be on board with immediately. Psych never really disappointed, it never went significantly downhill (although the last season wasn’t the height of it’s game) and I don’t think that bringing it back would be a bad idea, so long as they could recapture the best of the series and the height of the writing. I’m cautiously optimistic, just based on this movie, that they could do exactly that and if they did, this would go right back to the top of my “must watch” list. I miss Psych. I miss the characters. I miss the chemistry that everyone had. If you can get that back, even for just a little while, sign me up. I’m there.