"Lassie, Jules can shoot a crossbow."
Psych, what the heck?
I mean, what the heck?
I mean, seriously what the - No, you know what? I can't do this with you right now.
Fans of Psych know the show usually succeeds – nay, excels - at movie and television riffs, including past episodes inspired by Friday The 13th, Hitchcock, Twin Peaks, and tributes to Novellas, vampire movies and Bollywood.
But this past week's Blair Witch takeoff.... I mean, let's start with that. Blair Witch? Why? It's not a classic. It's not even a cult classic. It's just an old movie that got a lot of buzz when it opened A LONG time ago. And we've already seen episodes in the wilderness. Not a great choice for a concept episode.
But, concept aside, the execution was the real problem. The convoluted premise to get to the video-ing: something about Shawn wanting to do a documentary on a group doing a documentary on finding Big Foot-- and how nothing about that premise was funny. The annoying duo doing the film. A weird sort of pointless cameo by a wrestler. Shawn being unworried about Juliette while she was getting shot at from all angles. Serbian villains who never spoke. And lots of guns. Lassie Jerky as a title? Plus, other cannibal jokes that just didn't land. A lot of jokes that didn't land. And a lot of guns.
There were some okay moments: Gus extrapolating that Rachel's kid as her "illegitimate child" or something and then later as his “son.” The return of the Super Sniffer. The singing bit. Lassiter's “goodbyes” to Marlo and to his gay mom (complete with reference to the LPGA...) And the surprise of the dead dudes in the pit scene wasn't bad.
But Shawn's new-found maturity was nowhere to be seen. In fact: he regressed. Nor was his detecting skill evident, nor, sadly, his usually quick, madcap Shawnwit. Nor, really, was anyone's wit present, and every character was a little too much...something. And why couldn't Rachel have been there? And...And...It just wasn't entertaining.
I love you Psych. And I forgive you. But, please don't do that again.