Thursday, March 11, 2010

USA's "Psych": A young man with talents in perception; a season finale plays homage to the movies of Alfred Hitchcock

On Wednesday night March 10, USA Network presented the final episode of Season 4 of “Psych”, with the episode titled “Mr. Yin Presents”.

In Pysch, Texas-born James Roday plays Shawn Spencer, a young man with focused powers of observation (more or less like those that we might expect from someone with Asperger’s syndrome) that come across as psychic. He has trouble getting a job and enhances his self-concept by giving police tips, so good that they become suspicious of him, so eventually he is hired to help them. His is more the kind of talent that would fit into intelligence services like the NSA or CIA, “connecting the dots”, such as with some bizarre hit-style killings of people involved in classified work in suburban Maryland in late 2008.

In the final episode, recurring villain Mr. Yang (Ally Sheedy) sets up some crimes based on famous mysteries by Alfred Hitchcock, especially “Psycho”, “Vertigo” (including excerpts from Bernard Hermann’s famous soundtrack), “North by Northwest”, “Rear Window”, “The 39 Steps”, and “Saboteur”. Some of these films were in black-and-white, but the reenactments (as the “shower scene”) are in garish color. James Roday helped write the episode.

Season 5 will start on USA this summer.

USA has brought us some other interesting series, like “The 4400”.

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