The show's snappy fun writing, and a fantastic cast have completed another great season with some of my favorite episodes yet. The third season has more "theme" type shows: a high school reunion gives a chance to use many John Hughes references in "Murder?...Anyone?", a re-opened case from the 70's gets the team rolling like Starsky and Hutch in "Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered," "Gus Walks Into a Bank" turns the bank-hostage plot on its head and "The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable" is like watching Indiana Jones' con-man brother. I love the video commentaries--obviously the people involved in the show have great chemistry.
If you haven't yet given Psych a try, there's no need to start at the first season, although eventually you will want them all. Its basic premise is a crime-fighting duo, using trumped-up psychic powers. It avoids the CSI/L&O-type violent, freakish or scary murders, the death is almost gently treated and the directors never emphasize the gory details.
The dialogue is fantastic and adds to the fun. If you are familiar with the 80's, or are a dedicated movie watcher, there are lots of fun "throw away" references that will have you laughing. I still crack up when I watch a scene of Shawn and Gus arguing. Shawn: "I decided to be and therefore I am...Socrates said that." Gus: "No, that was Decartes." Shawn: "No, that was the cologne we wore in high school." Gus: "No, that was Drakkar Noir." Shawn: "No, that is a wine." Gus: "no, that's PINOT noir."
I really have only three quibbles with the show. One, although there are podcast commentaries on some episodes, the sound quality is terrible. I have to turn up the volume almost full, which leaves show quality earblastingly loud. More significant, the problems of the Canadian location are starting to become more evident. There are very few blindingly sunny days when they are outside, although there are many overcast ones. Their breath steaming in cold air in "Murder?...Anyone?" was a dead giveaway we weren't in SoCal anymore. There is also noticeable lack of diversity in general casting. I've lived in Southern California, and it rarely looks as white as their background casting is (beach scenes, restaurants, bank scenes). But those are small details when compared to the overall acting, writing, and feel of the production. It's worth everything I paid and more.