Psych - Season 2

Psych - Season 2

Cast:James Roday, Dule Hill & Timothy Omundson
Director: John Landis and others
Certificate: 12
Running time: 10 hours and 58 minutes (approx)

Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) are back on the case in Season Two of Psych. Guest stars includ Primetime Emmy Award nominee Tim Curry, Golden Globe nominee Gina Gershon and Kevin Sorbo. Season 2 features two episodes directed by John Landis (National Lampoon's Animal House, The Blues Brothers) and over 45 minutes of bonus materials.

When I began watching this I thought that it might be cheesy but fun. I was wrong, it’s just plain cheesy. What we have are two private detective types. One is psychic. Both are entirely inept at their jobs. What terrible premise for a TV show. The acting from all of the cast and even the guest stars is irritating in the extreme. Are they actng intentionally poorly? Have they been given director from the director to act in this way? I think so! I can not work out why, however. The delivery of lines is verbatim and looks and sounds extremely forced. The acting in general is wooden and it bears little resemblance to real life.

The script is actually quite polished – it’s certainly the best thing about this show – it’s not great by any standard but there are occasional sparks of good humour and originality.

There is zero spark between the characters, the actors look like they’ve just turned up to work and expected to receive their pay cheque for nothing, or at least very little. The acting is dull, flat and completely uninspired. Put it up against a show with the writing and acting talent of say ‘Scrubs’ and Psych falls way, way short. The acting in a show such as ‘Will & Grace’ always verged on the slightly cheesy but this has gone over the cliff and fallen into a sea of cheese.

The central character Shaun appears to be constantly confused and baffled by the simplest of things, the performance is not believable, while his ‘side-kick’ Gus just pull silly faces and giggles. One of the other characters – I forget her name – we’ll call her young, dumb, blonde girl seem to have Lucy (from Ricky Gervais’ The Office) Davis syndrome, by which I mean she is clueless, guileless and dumb. Basically she looks pretty but doesn’t add much more to the mix.

I think it will take a psychic to work out why this TV show was ever given a second season. Don’t waste your money on this – there are much better new shows available – head over to the review of Warehouse 13 and consider a purchase of a greatly superior TV show instead.

Author : Kevin Stanley