Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Psych - The Eighth (And Final) Season

The final season of adventures for fake psychic Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and his best friend pharmaceutical salesman Burton Guster (Dulé Hill) offers Psych a chance to go out in style beginning with Shawn and Gus' trip to England featuring the return of notorious art thief Pierre Despereaux (Cary Elwes) in the season premiere, and end with a finale that offers new beginnings in San Fransciso for most of the core characters, a proposal for Juliet (Maggie Lawson), appearances by Billy Zane, the real Val Kilmer, and Bud from The Cosby Show, and Shawn struggling with saying goodbye to his best friend.

Highlights of the season include Lassiter's (Timothy Omundsonstruggles with impending fatherhood, Gus' obsession with the murder of a man whose life mirrors his own, a 60s flashback episode with the cast playing new roles, Shawn and Gus going into the food truck business, murder at a paranormal consultant convention, and Gus' attempts to solve his fear of loosing Shawn in dream therapy.

Along the way we'll also get new characters including SBPD Interim Police Chief Trout (Anthony Michael Hall) and the SPBD's new Lead Detective Betsy Brannigan (Mira Sorvino). We'll also get Woody (Kurt Fuller) being taken hostage inside the police station, and a disappointing remake of a previous episode in the weakest entry of the season.

The shortened season may have had a stumbling block with the unnecessary remake of an episode I liked better the first time, but it finds a way to both continue the wacky tradition of the show while carefully laying out a series of farewells and allowing for several characters to grow both personally and professionally. Although it's probably time for the show to say goodbye, I'm definitely going to miss Shawn and Gus.

The three-disc set includes all ten episodes of the show's final season, the show's musical episode (and various extras which already released separately on DVD), deleted scenes, an extended cut of "A Nightmare on State Street," a farewell featurette, "Was it Something I Said?" music video, gag reel, and podcast commentaries for several episodes from Roday, Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, creator Steve Franks, executive producers Chris Henze and Kelly Kulchak, writers Todd HarthanCarlos Jacott, Andy Berman, Tim Meltreger, composer Adam Cohen, and director David Crabtree.

[NBC Universal, $59.98]

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