An Early Look at Psych Season 4 - Featured

Psych returns to USA Network for its 4th season premiere this Friday at 10PM.

SideReel had a chance to check out the premiere episode, Extradition: British Columbia, and we think that both die-hards and casual Psych fans will be happy with what they're getting.

No big spoilers, but in a nutshell, the season premiere of Psych finds Shawn and Gus seemingly on a Canadian ski vacation, only to spot Pierre Despereaux (played by none other than Cary Elwes of Princess Bride fame, though he's a little older now than you may remember him...), an art thief whom Lassiter has been trying to hunt down for years. A cat and mouse game ensues - with Shawn and Gus encountering Desperaux multiple times - and Desperaux deriving great enjoyment out of Shawn's inability to catch him. There's a fun twist at the end - which we won't spoil - but see if you can spot it coming...

So a confession: I am not a regular watcher of Psych. For me, the show's a light, entertaining romp, but it just has never managed to make it into my list of shows that are must-see. However, I think this is one of the best parts about Psych; the episodes are pretty much self-contained, so if you only want to tune in from time to time, you won't be lost, and you'll definitely be entertained.

Most enjoyable: the chemistry between Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) is undeniable. It's a blast to watch the 2 banter; you can just tell that they're having a great time making the show, which makes it even more fun to watch. The show is also loaded up with a bunch of fun pop cultural references; be on the lookout for a hilarious jab at The Mentalist...and another at Remington Steele.

My only criticism of the show - and this may just be personal preference - is that sometimes it's on the cusp of too goofy for my tastes. I honestly have a hard time believing that anybody would ever buy Shawn's psychic "episodes" at all...and every so often Shawn's cavalier attitude find to be a little bit too unrealistic. But, I recognize that to others this is all a part of the show's charm, and no matter what, Psych definitely does have that.

Watch the Psych Season 4 Premiere Friday night on USA Network at 10PM (following the Monk premiere) and see what you think!


Aug 3, 2009 3:52AM EDT

i have no idea what you did to get a sneak preview, but how can i do it?

Aug 3, 2009 12:41PM EDT

@NGrady666 - SideReel has some media company partnerships that send us the screeners, partner with us in giveaways, etc. The screeners give us the chance to give an early review so fans can get a peek at what they have to look forward to when the show premieres or season returns!

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Aug 3, 2009 1:30PM EDT

Cant wait for Psych to get back on, its the best, laugh out loud, show on tv. Love that they acknowledged The Mentalists ripping their plot in their lastest commercial, that was hilarious. For anyone who hasnt gotten into Psych yet, first, be very ashamed of yourself, and second, watch S2EP09 - The Bounty Hunters. If you dont immediately think its one of the funniest hours of television you have ever seen, turn in your sense of humor card, we're gonna have to revoke your membership.

Aug 3, 2009 9:50PM EDT

cool, thanks kendra. now if only i could get approved as a moderator ...

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