Thursday, February 25, 2010

Review - Psych Season 4 Episode 14 Think Tank

When Psych is stupid, watch out, because the writers love to run with whatever dumb idea they have. The episode was so surreal, silly, and unrealistic, it might even be worse than the last episode of Big Love. From the very beginning, there was zero sense for what's reasonable and it just went on and on. The result: an infuriating episode that perfectly exemplified why no major critic reviews the show anymore.

Shawn and Gus get hired to a think tank to save someone from an assassination. It's probably one of the stupidest ideas I've ever seen. They go into a room with three other people and brainstorm ideas about how to save Ashton Bonaventure (Chris Sarandon) a rich guy who has made lots of enemies. Shawn doesn't contribute any good ideas, and they leave without accomplishing anything.

The big twist is that Snowden, the guy who got the think tank together, isn't really associated with Bonaventure. He actually wants to kill Bonaventure and was using the think tank to get ideas. Right... Even if the twist was cool, the rest of the episode was still terrible. Shawn rushes to the hotel, and after avoiding the traps he heard from the real security consultants, he saves Bonaventure from his own idea--shooting from underneath.Then, Shawn goes out on stage before Bonaventure's speech and starts babbling while assessing the audience. Snowden and his former Secret Service partner get caught.

Gus touched briefly on the subject of Shawn getting shown not to be a psychic. Unfortunately, the writers also ignore Gus. Shawn uses his "psychic" powers for everything, but no one questions him. He's grasping at straws and being an idiot (he was worse in this episode than normal), and yet, everyone is content to follow him along blindly.

Now you could say that Chief Vick offering Henry a job shows that someone is concerned about Shawn's powers, but any reasonable person would have called him out years ago, and especially after last night's episode, everyone should have been all over him. Henry also declined the job, so nothing changed.

Score: 8.0/10
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