I’ve written about Psych a few times here, mostly because it’s one of my favorite procedurals and a fun, if slight, show. My opinion on it has cooled a bit over the year, the episodes that aren’t riffs on specific pop culture can fall a little flat and it feels like a very 2000s show. The last season or two was also iffy at times, but that happens to most shows. That being said, I very much enjoyed Psych: The Movie, a made-for-TV movie they made a few years after the show end. It felt earned and not like a cash in or just something to do. The movie was plenty good, with one unfortunate issue. Carlton Lassiter, a vital foil for Shawn and Gus, was basically absent. Tragically, Timothy Omundson, the actor who played Lassiter, had suffered a massive stroke at a relatively young age. In many ways, the second Psych movie, which recently debuted on Peacock, is a chance to have Lassiter show back up. Indeed, the movie is subtitled “Lassie Come Home.” Beyond that, it feels like they may have reached the end of the road for Psych.
On the one hand, it was nice to see Lassiter back in the world of Psych, though it was also incredibly sad. Omundson is still dealing with the fallout from his stroke and it’s gut wrenching to see him. While he’s able to act this time and make more than a cameo appearance, they had to write the stroke into the script and his movement is extremely limited. I have nothing to say about Omundson’s role in Psych 2 other than I was so glad to see him and I hope he makes a full recovery.
Beyond that, the movie is a little flimsy. The mystery is a little slapdash, even by Psych standards. Is the show still funny? Yes, and James Roday Rodriguez and Dule Hill still have chemistry. It will always be at least a little fun to see Shawn and Gus in action. This time, though, it really felt like they made the movie without having much in the way of story to tell at this point. It feels like the world of Psych has told all the stories it had to tell. Plus, when the show began Shawn and Gus were twentysomethings. It’s been 14 years since Psych debuted. These dudes are pushing 40 now as characters. It doesn’t quite feel the same.
Look, if they make another Psych movie of course I will watch it. I hope Lassie can be involved even more next time around. However, unless they really want to real dig down and flesh out a story and give these characters some growth, if Psych 2: Lassie Comes Home is the last we see of Shawn, Gus, and the gang that will be understandable to me.