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Well, it's fun, but misses that classic Psych charm.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 25, 2013
My wife and I are avid fans of the show, having watched all seasons through at least a couple of times. Needless to say, we're always eager to see the newest episode when it's released.
From the very beginning we came to the agreement that it's just not the same show. After sitting through the first half hour contemplating whether or not we'd just switch it off, the show does actually pick up and the plot starts to develop. But it's not the greatest plot in the history of the show, and I think they intentionally made it convoluted and weak in some places for the mere sake of making a 2 hour "musical" special (making it drag on for perhaps an extra thirty minutes).
And the story isn't the only thing they sacrificed to make this special. The quick wit and charm of the characters is lost among the singing. There are some exceptions (of course, Woody the Coroner's solo stands out as hilarious), but the majority of the songs are just too forced, too extravagant for what they're trying to do (and I can't count the number of times you can hear "I've heard it both ways", in several songs throughout the episode). The cast dances around but it doesn't look natural, it doesn't look like they're enjoying it.
I was surprised by the re-introduction of one of the show's long-time characters (I won't ruin it), and they did a good job of writing that character into the story. And there were some moments where the cast's jovial nature burst out and you could see the chemistry again, but they were few and far between.
Overall, I'm reluctantly forced to rate this as three stars. Length does not equal quality, and I think in this case unfortunately the writers didn't understand that. The music was more miss than hit, and the classic Psych charm must have gone South for the winter, because it wasn't here for this special. I'd still recommend it if you're a true fan of the show (though be prepared for a little disappointment), but if you're just getting into the show, save it for later... a lot later.