This summer, fans of the hit crime-comedy show Psych rejoiced when the second film of the franchise was released.
The series, which is about a hyper-observant man who masquerades as a psychic and works as an investigator, has an incredibly loyal fan following. Although the last episode of the TV show aired in 2014, when the first film was released in 2017, it became clear that its popularity hadn’t waned at all.
The second film focuses on the mystery of who shot police chief Carlton Lassiter, portrayed by Timothy Omundson. When the first film was shot, Lassiter was visibly missing due to Omundson’s stroke, so the release of this film was especially exciting for fans of the series.
Psych 2 was just the perfect dose of nostalgia that I needed. Taking it back to Santa Barbara, the movie features all the original cast members and maintains the series’ iconic balance of ridiculous and genius.
I’ll be honest, the Psych films aren’t exactly cinematic masterpieces. The format the works so perfectly in a tight 40-minute episode doesn’t translate to the structure of the films. The film also makes an attempt to tackle some heavy topics, and while it is touching for fans of the show, the more serious themes failed to be properly integrated into the light-hearted tone of the movie. But to me, it really didn’t matter.
The film makes a point to maintain the most important and enjoyable parts of the show. They were careful to keep the incredible chemistry between all the characters, the signature comedic dialogue, and the underlying emotion of the franchise. More than anything, the films feel like a love letter for both fans of the show and the crew; a promise that Psych isn’t going away anytime soon.
For so many Psych fans that I know, this is the one show that can never let them down. No matter what they make, where they go, the show will forever remain special. Perfect even. I can’t speak for other fans, but for me, I find an immense comfort in Psych that I have yet to find anywhere else.
As a long time fan of the show, I can appreciate that more than some intricate, profound film. Because the truth is that Psych has always been more than just entertainment for me. Like many fans, I always knew that I could rely on Psych for solid entertainment. But over time I found myself relying on Psych in a different way.
I came across Psych when I was in middle school, but I’ve been rewatching the show’s episodes every year at least. I found myself being especially drawn to the show in high school. For one, since none of the main characters ever changed, it allowed me to connect deeply with not just individuals, but the beautiful relationships between everyone. Moreover, the show’s depiction of familial love is also especially magnetic for me.
As a high school student, it wasn’t uncommon for me to feel like I was drowning, especially in the last two years. There were some days where I felt lost and aimless. I didn’t know where I was going or what I was doing.
But on those days when it felt like I couldn’t breathe, I could flip on an episode and just escape for 40 minutes. 40 minutes that meant the world to me. And somehow, after so many years of watching the show, the feeling of security that I get from it has never gone away.
When I watched the Psych film, it didn’t feel like I was watching a movie based on a show that I watched several years ago. It felt like a warm hug. Like I was returning home. There wasn’t a single character that didn’t live up to their roles from years past. And when I watched, I felt that familiar urge to just melt into the absurdity of the show. Because in it’s absurdness is where I have always found the most comfort. It always will be.
To put it simply, it’s just nice to know that there will always be something out in the world that’s incapable of letting you down. For me, it’s Psych, and I’m forever thankful that I found this show.
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