Psych: The Complete Second Season (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime / Mystery
Universal || NR - 686 minutes - $59.98 || July 8, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-23


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Steve Franks (created by)
Cast:


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Podcast Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Where the Pineapple
  • The Name Game
  • Psychouts
  • The Adventures of Lil' Shawn and Gus


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

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The USA Network has had its share of detective shows (“The Dead Zone” and “Monk”), but “Psych” is a whole different breed.

“Psych” stars James Roday as Shawn Spencer, a "psychic detective" that works with the Santa Barbara Police Department. The thing is, Shawn is not really a psychic, he simply puts together one and one together to make two and then makes it appear that he is truly a psychic.

As a young child his father, a police detective, taught Shawn the power of observation and deduction, something Shawn has improved as years went by. Since no one will hire someone who can make simple deductions, Shawn comes up with the idea to call himself a "psychic" and after a few cases most of the Santa Barbara PD believes him... except Head Detective Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson).

Season 2 picks up right where Season 1 ends and once again Shawn and his partner Gus (Dule Hill) join up to tackle a whole seasons worth of mysteries. This season brings much more back story into the lives of both Shawn and Gus (through flashbacks and episodes dedicated to their family) and gives us a terrific cliffhanger that will be resolved when Season 3 starts on July 18th.

"I can make obscure 80's references that nobody understands" (Gus making fun of Shawn)

One of the best things about Psych is the amount of obscure references to 80's TV Shows and movies. Shawn and Gus both make numerous references in each episode and for every one that I actually get, I wind up busting up laughing. For example, in the last episode of the season we find out that Gus is afraid of mummies because of all the "curses". Shawn makes a quick reference to melting faces (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and we quickly move on to the next scene. Every episode is packed with these and if you know it will enough you can make a great drinking game out of it.

Another great thing is the chemistry between Shawn and Gus. Both actors could easily pass as best friends in real life (much like J.D. and Turk from “Scrubs”) and it really shows here. Of course let’s not forget the rest of the cast like Head Detective Carlton Lassiter (Omundson) and Junior Detective Juliet O'Hara (Lawson). What you wind up with is a great cast of characters all with unique personalities.

Psych is a great show that most people are simply not watching. Due to its odd half season schedule (starting in July and ending in September, and then starting again in December and ending in February) it’s hard for many people to actually catch it on TV. During the writers’ strike NBC aired a few repeat episodes of “Psych” and “Monk” on Sunday nights and the ratings were simply horrific. It’s a shame because it may have attracted a few more viewers, but now they may be lost on what channel and what time to actually watch the show.

Episode Listing and Synopsis:

Disc 1:
1 - American Duos: Shawn & Gus are hired to protect a reality-show judge who has escaped a series of attempts on his life.
2 - 65 Million Years Off: Shawn worries he may be losing his meal ticket when Lassiter goes on a winning streak, solving nine cases in a row, so he horns in on the current case jeopardizing his and Gus' credibility when he claims a T-Rex killed the victim.
3 - Psy vs Psy: Shawn goes up against a federal psychic, and Juliet is entranced with the Treasury agent who accompanies her.
4 - Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds: A case involving a chop shop owner has Shawn having second thoughts, triggering an unexpected first for the would-be detective.

Disc 2:
5 - And Down the Stretch Comes Murder: Jockey Jimmy Nickels, a bully who went to school with Shawn and Gus, hires them to find out why his horses keep losing. Things become complicated when another jockey dies in the midst of a race.
6 - Meat is Murder, But Murder is Also Murder: Shawn and Gus investigate who poisoned a food critic. Gus's uncle Burton comes to town and tags along on the investigation, so Gus pretends to be psychic.
7 - If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead?: Two students claim that one of their teachers is a murderer after hearing a phone call. It is Juliet and Lassiter's one year anniversary as partners and Juliet takes her first lead detective job.
8 - Rob-a-Bye Baby: In the middle of a crime wave, Chief Vick assigns Shawn and Gus the staid duty of finding her a new nanny.

Disc 3:
9 - Bounty Hunters!: Juliet asks Shawn and Gus for help in capturing an accused murderer who escaped from her. They track the man down, but soon discover he is innocent and they try to find the real killer - but things are complicated by a bounty hunter.
10 - Gus's Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy: Gus' dad is accused of murdering the meanest man in the neighborhood, and he enlists Shawn's help to clear him.
11 - There's Something About Mira: Shawn finds out a secret of Gus's involving a woman he can't say no to. Lassiter learns that Juliet received a higher score on the detectives' exam than he did, prompting a heated competition between them to see who is truly the better detective.
12 - The Old and the Restless: When a man goes missing from a retirement home, Shawn and Gus need help getting in to investigate.

Disc 4:
13 - Lights, Camera... Homicidio: Shawn and Gus investigate a murder on the set of a popular Spanish soap opera.
14 - Dis-Lodged: A man dies during a ritual at the Monarch Lodge, a local brotherhood, and Lassiter's soon to be ex-father-in-law is the prime suspect.
15 - Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion: In order to investigate the murders of both heads of a prestigious fashion house, Shawn and Gus go undercover as models.
16 - Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead: When a 3000-year-old mummy disappears from a museum, Shawn comes to the unlikely conclusion that the artifact walked out on its own. Meanwhile, Henry is acting strangely after receiving a mysterious phone call.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Universal continues the unique packaging for Season 2. The case resembles a book that stores all 4 discs. Really nice.

Sprinkled throughout the 4 discs are various special features. On each disc, for example is Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentaries and Podcast Commentaries. Rather than comment on the same special features for each disc I grouped them together below. Each disc itself has a unique special feature which I have detailed below.

Audio Commentaries are included for the following episodes: American Duos, 65 Million Years Off, Psy vs Psy, Bounty Hunters!, Lights, Camera... Homicidio, Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion, Shawn (and Gus) of the Dead

Podcast Commentaries are includes for the following episodes: Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds, And Down the Stretch Comes Murder, If You're So Smart, Then Why Are You Dead? , Rob-a Bye Baby, The Old and the Restless, Dis-Lodged

--- WOW! Almost every episode (except 2) has some sort of commentary with cast, crew, producers, writers etc. The podcast commentaries are very unique and not something I have not seen personally on DVD sets. Like normal commentaries tracks, these were informative with behind the scenes information, gags, stories etc.

Deleted Scenes - (Run times... Disc 1; 10:54 , Disc 2; 8:36, Disc 3; 12:28 , Disc 4; 9:02) - Over forty minutes of deletes scenes from every episode this season. While some may be as short as 18 seconds for an episode, others typically run 2-3 minutes with some being over 5. Some are pretty funny, but USA has a strict run time policy for their shows so they had to be cut.

Gag Reel (Disc 1; 7:32) - Now, typically hate gag reels, but in this case I actually thought these were pretty funny. Usually at the end of each episode is either a few outtakes or Shawn and Gus singing so maybe it’s because I am accustom to these...but these are enjoyable.

Where the Pineapple (Disc 2; 3:36) - Much like in other shows that like to hide hidden objects or things (“South Park” with aliens and “Malcolm in the Middle” with the hamster comes to mind), Psych likes to either hide Pineapples or have them be part of the plot. This feature shows all the scenes from this season that includes Pineapples.

The Name Game (Disc 2; 1:16) - An odd feature that takes clips from every episode this season where either Shawn or Gus are saying the others name. Shawn's montage is clips of Gus saying Shawn's name in various clips, while Gus's montage is clips of Shawn saying all the different names he calls Gus.

Psychouts (Disc 3; 3:25) - To be honest, I'm not sure what these are. Its 3 clips, all with Shawn and no Gus, talking and singing. Really confused.

The Adventures of Lil' Shawn and Gus (Disc 4; 6:52) - This is a really great collection of six short "episodes" of Shawn and Gus as children...in cartoon form.

For a Cable Network TV show this is a very impressive set of special features. I don't think I’ve ever seen so many commentaries before. This is sure to give you hours of entertainment after finishing watching Season 2 the normal way.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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“Psych” is presented in its Anamorphic 1.78:1 Widescreen. Since I am only able to watch “Psych” in SD when it airs normally, watching it on DVD is amazing! I still had an episode of on my DVR and compared it to the DVD and it was night and day. Very clean transfer and an amazing looking show for a cable network.

Universal has included Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks for each episode. Just like above, I compared and was blown away by the amount of new sound I was hearing that I had missed before. Dialog is much cleaner then what was broadcast and while the rear speakers are not used all that much, it’s still a huge improvement for those people like me that have no way to watch “Psych” in anything but crappy SD.



.::OVERALL::.

I've been watching “Psych” since it premiered and have enjoyed every episode. Filled with great acting, stories, and some great off the wall humor, “Psych” is a show not to miss. This DVD set is packed to the brim with special features that equal the run time for the entire season. Absolutely this a recommend purchase on DVD if you typically watch “Psych”, and if you've never seen it, go out and buy Season 1 right now! You won't be disappointed.