Wednesday, March 26, 2014

13 Things I Will Miss About Psych

Well guys, it's happening. Tonight is the series finale of Psych. Excuse me while I weep and then die.

"Is this really happening? Is Psych really ending?"
Psych has been my all-time favorite show since it premiered on the USA Network in 2006. It was the first show I became invested in and loyally watched every week. The thing with Psych is that it is so different from any other show. It's clever, witty, and utterly ridiculous at the same time, and that's why it's awesome. So, in honor of the show that started my descent into television fandoms, here are the top 13 things I will miss the most about our beloved Psych:

13. Psych Office/Henry’s House

Psych’s home base and Shawn’s home base. These two places are where most of the crime-solving happens. Well, I guess more so at Henry’s house because, let’s face it, most of the murders could not be solved without Shawn’s dad. Just don’t tell Shawn.

12. Theme Song

I don’t know what the deal is, but most of shows I watch these days don’t have lyrics to their theme songs. That doesn’t stop me from singing along anyway, but it does make it harder. Psych is the exception. I can sing actual words and they are awesome. I mean, who else can have a line like, “I’m not inclined to resign to maturity?" And then there’s all the remixes they’ve had for certain episodes, featuring Boyz II Men and Tears for Fears. However, you can’t beat The Friendly Indians original diddy, which includes Steve Franks. Nuff said.

11. Pineapple

The pineapple has been a sign of hospitality and welcome throughout history; however, we Psychos know its true symbolism: delicious flavor. The pineapple became iconic to Psych ever since the “spot-the-pineapple” started in the early seasons. Because of Psych, I have declared pineapple as my favorite fruit, given pineapples as gifts, and have been trained to spot the pineapple in my other favorite movies/television shows. I mean, seriously, has anyone else noticed all the pineapple in Jane Austen adaptations? No…just me? Psych’s use of pineapple has also provided us with the best icebreaker one can use in almost any situation:

10. Awesome Guest Stars

Seriously. What other show has featured Tim Curry, Cary Elwes, Mira Sorvino, Ralph Macchio, Chrisopher Lloyd, Ally Sheedy, Jaleel White, Judd Nelson, Rachel Leigh Cook, Arnold Vosloo, Lesley Ann Warren, Jane Lynch, Freddy Prinze Jr., Phylicia Rashad, Ray Wise, Kenan Thompson, William Shatner, AND Billy Zane? Well, I’m guessing none.

9. “Gus, don’t be a . . .”

Some shows try to teach you what to be and what to do. Psych taught me what not to be, including, but not limited to: a gooey chocolate chip cookie, an old sponge with hair hanging off of it, a rabid porcupine, exactly half of an eleven-pound black forest ham, 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Marzipan,’ both Ashlee Simpson albums, and Canada.

8. The Blueberry

What started as the most ridiculous looking car ever became—scratch that, it’s still the most ridiculous looking car ever. But hey, ridiculously AWESOME, that is. This silly, blue Echo has been in high-speed chases, underwent a fresh to death make over (“Zero to Murder in Sixty Seconds”), and was even split in half (“Santabarabaratown 2”). It’s also a company car. And let’s not forget where its nickname originated: the one and only Tim Curry as Nigel St. Nigel (“American Duos”). “The Cranberry” also receives an honorable mention, whose life was sadly short-lived.
7. Gus’ Nicknames

Burton Guster: aka Felicia Fancybottom, Ovaltine Jenkins, Magic Head, Gus T.T. Showbiz, Lavendar Gooms, Methuselah Honeysuckle, Hummingbird Saltalamacchia, Jazz Hands, Black Magic, The Vault of Secrets, Miss Whittlebury, G-Force, and—my personal favorite—Ghee Buttersnaps. To name a few.

6. Fist bumps
A true sign of friendship and the recognition of a job well done. Plus, it looks way cooler than high fives. And now we revel: alien style. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

5. The Screaming

Who doesn’t enjoy two grown men wailing like little girls? No one. No one, people. 
 4. The Singing

The fact that Psych successfully pulled off a 2-hour musical episode proves it’s one of the best shows around. James Roday and Dulé Hill first showed their singing chops in the season 2 premiere “American Duos,” performing the Tears for Fears classic “Shout.” Not only are they hysterical, they’re good—like crazy good. And can we also talk about Dulé Hill’s dancing skills? WHAAAAAAT?!?!

3. The Team

A snarky psychic + an uptight pharmaceutical salesman + a pretty female blonde detective + a not-so-pretty, unusually lanky detective + Old Scratch Johnson + Chief Karen Charles Vick = best crime-solving team EVA! Honorable mentions include Buzz McNab, Woodrow "Woody" Strode, and Mary Lightly III.

2. The Writing

What makes Psych unique is its witty and clever dialogue. Psych incorporates goofy-funny, stupid-funny, and smart-funny and makes it work somehow. And then there’s random 80’s references, movie references, AND Harry Potter (!) references. Psych doesn’t take itself seriously, and no other show will be ever quite like it.

1. Shawn and Gus’ Friendship

1 part fake psychic, 1 part Super-Sniffer, 2 parts awesome. Shawn and Gus: the ultimate bromance. This pair shows us how two very different people can make the best friends…and the most hilarious, crime-solving duo ever.

Honorable Mentions

·         “I’ve heard it both ways.”
·         “Wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.”
·         “WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!”
·         “Have you heard about Pluto? That’s messed up.”
·         Henry’s shirts
·         Shawn and Gus’ obsession with food
·         Gus’ evolved gag reflexes
·         Gus: the sympathetic crier
·         Little Shawn and Gus
·         “You know that’s right.”
·         Smooth Gus

Hey There...

Well folks, I'm back. I know, I know. I haven't blogged in 6 months. I've been busy. And then when I'm not busy, I'm lazy. Not a good combination. I'm going to try to blog more often, but I won't promise anything. Stay tuned for new post tonight in honor of the series finale of Psych.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Once Upon a Time . . . I Had a Blog

CAUTION: This post contains spoilers about ABC's Once Upon a Time

Well, hello there. Yes. I know. I haven't blogged in months. But I had a birthday . . . I got a new job . . . life happens.

Anyway, I thought I'd start up my blog again with a post about yet another fandom of mine. As you may remember I am a huge fan of most things British, but I do have an occasional American obsession as well. Tonight was the season premiere of my ultimate guilty pleasure: ABC's Once Upon a Time. This was the start of the 3rd season which picked up with Emma, Snow White, Prince Charming, Regina (aka the Evil Queen), Captain Hook (aka Captain Attractive), and--my personal favorite--Rumpelstiltskin sailing off to Neverland to save Henry. I gotta be honest, I didn't have the highest of hopes for this season after last season.

The second season was either a hit or miss for me. There were great additions like Hook, and exciting plot twists with the return of Baelfire/Neal and Cora. And then there were the ridiculous misfires, such as Dr. Whale being revealed as Dr. Frankenstein and August transforming back into a 10-year-old boy after being illogically tasered by Tamara. I mean seriously, could a wooden man conduct an electric current? I don't think so. And don't even get me started on Lacey. *Cringe* Then there was evil Tamara and her annoying boyfriend, Greg, who randomly show up to fight their "cause" to rid the world of magic. And there I was sitting there like, "Who are these muggles?" Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Greg turns out to be Owen, the young boy Regina tried to trick into staying with her after capturing--and eventually killing--his father. But still.

I think the main issue I had with season 2 was that there was just too much going on. The main characters were usually separated, dealing with their own individual problems while new characters were added (like Aurora, Mulan, and Tiny) that ended up taking time away from the characters we were most interested in. What gave me hope in the season finale was that the main characters now had to work together in order to go after Henry.

All I can say about the 3rd season premiere is WOA. It was just non-stop awesomeness, wrapped in adrenaline, filled with "Did-that-just-happen?" moments. I also loved the sassy one-liners from Regina and Hook. This probably sounds terrible, but the most satisfying moment for me would have to be the fate of Greg and Tamara. Right before the show started, I vocally wished that the Lost Boys, or Rumpelstiltskin, or someone would take care of them. And, what do you know? Greg's shadow is torn from his body and cast into oblivion, while Tamara is shot, then healed, then has her heart ripped out and crushed by Rumpelstiltskin. Did I mention that Rumpelstiltskin is my favorite?
My reaction when Rumpelstiltskin killed Tamara.

Also, I think the evil take on Peter Pan will make for an interesting villain. Initially, I didn't like the idea of a bad Pan, but then again I never really liked the original Pan either. He was a bit of an arrogant, sexist, and obnoxious little punk when you think about it.

Of course, like always, this episode raised some new questions and left us wondering what's going to happen next. For instance, why does Pan need Henry's heart? Does the heart of the "truest believer" contain the most powerful magic? And what was the deal with that doll that the lost boy gave to Rumpelstiltskin? Was it Bae's or was it something entirely different? I'm thinking the latter since the lost boy mentioned it was something Rumpelstiltskin hadn't thought about in years. *Sigh* Just when we thought Rumpelstiltskin's plot line couldn't get anymore complicated. Also, based on the promo for next week's episode, I'm interested to see Belle's involvement in Neverland. I assumed she would only be in Storybrooke, but let's hope for some Rumbelle action.

Overall, I am EXTREMELY pleased with season 3 so far. It's only the first episode, but it is definitely off to a better start than it was last season. Let's hope Once Upon a Time will live up to its beginnings and have some happily ever afters already.