Psych Series Finale – Psych: The Movie 2
Psych: The Movie 2: Lassie come Home is a sequel to the hit psychological TV show Psych. Psych: The Movie focused on the psychological effects of a small town’s murder. This movie feels like an extended episode of Psych: The TV show but with less strong focus on the psychological aspects. There are both good and bad sides to this. I’ll go over the good and the bad of Psych: The Movie 2 below.
The story is told from two points of view in Psych: The Movie 1, leaving out some key elements in the second film. In the first film, we get to see the perspectives of both the killer and the victim, placing more emphasis on the psychological power of the victim. In the second film, we get to see the perspective of only one character, the killer. This change makes the story more difficult to follow and makes it harder to connect to the audience emotionally, as they are trying to find out if the killer is really “the one”. However, I think the second psych movie is better for its lack of strong psychological content, as the focus is more on the relationship between the main characters and the various circumstances that arise throughout the film.
If you haven’t caught up the first psych movie, then you’re in for a treat. Psych: The Movie 2 follows the exploits of Shawn Troup (voiced by Jason Gann), a psychologist who returns to a small town to solve the seemingly impossible case of the teenage girl who killed her friend. While on the case, Shawn uncovers a lot about himself and about the nature of psychosomatic possession, and how everyone can be the victim of this strange power. He also gets to spend some time with Rachel Berry (Debra Messing), a psychotherapist who appears to have psychic abilities herself. But when Shawn goes missing, and his case becomes a personal battle against the dark forces of psych, he must fight to survive and find answers before everything else falls apart.
First off, this installment of Psych: The Movie presents an interesting dynamic. The first movie saw Shawn and Rachel reuniting; in the second, Shawn is working with Carlton Lassiter ( Oriana Lima) – now played by Jeremytz. Carlton and Jeremy are working as psychotherapists, but Carlton’s sister is also getting psychotherapy from Rachel (Carlo). Now, Shawn has been hired by her sister to help her save her own brother’s life – which puts Shawn in position of taking over the case from Carlton.
Carlton has taken over the case, and while he initially tries to give Shawn encouragement, his attitude changes when Shawn learns that Carlton was the principal investigator who helped put the psychics together after the first killing. But Carlton’s past comes back to haunt him, and he sets in motion a series of events that will take him to many different locations, and even implicates some people he thought were good. With some great supporting actors -like Nicole Kidman, Roseanne Barr and Kate Capshaw as well as some amazing special effects, Psych: The Movie 2 lives up to the expectations. In the second half of the film, we see some hints as to where the story might go, but the focus remains on Shawn and Carlton working towards the same goal, which is to save the world. It’s just that they’re a lot more reckless with their time and energy than in the first movie.
I’ll admit, the beginning and the end of Psych: The Movie was a bit dull. I couldn’t help it, as the acting was really bad and most of it felt like a bit of a cop out. However, after watching the series finale, I felt that the entire episode was well written, and the script took its time building up the tension. The ending was predictable, but the introduction of Carlton and Rachel was unexpected, funny and engaging. I would have also liked to have seen more time devoted to Shawn and David, who were never given a great deal of screen time in the show, but were two great characters.
It’s always great when a series creator writes a fantastic script and then uses that script to continue the story in a logical and believable way. Unfortunately, Psych: The Movie failed at this, and felt like it was trying to do too much at once. There were many subplots, characters, and events that didn’t make sense, but it didn’t help that the final scenes appeared to jump around too much. In short, it just wasn’t very consistent. However, I’m not saying that the movie failed completely, because it did have some great entertainment value, and while it may not appeal to everyone, it certainly had its fans.
As I pointed out before, this review is based on my own opinions, and is not an assessment of the science fiction thriller Psych: The Movie 2. You should check out the fan reviews (I’m linked to them below) to get a better idea of how I felt about the film. As I said before, though, the main article is about my overall opinion of the series finale, and how it relates to the original Psych TV series as a whole. If you’re looking for my opinion of Psych: The Movie 2, you’ll find it here.