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This box set pales in comparison to its last one, but the episodes here are pretty darned hard to resist...
Universal / 613 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: October 8, 2013
Even if Psych isn't the steadiest, most roundly satisfying series on the air right now, this writer has definitely warmed up to it. Melding episode-by-episode whodunit narratives with a cheeky, irreverent overall tone, the snarky smarts of Psych are pretty darned irresistible. And its ability to channel its inner postmodern movie geek continues to be heartily laudable – I, for one, had no idea I’d be so giddy at an on-screen Clue reunion!
For those unversed in the series, here’s the setup. Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Gus Guster (Dule Hill) provide the good cop/bad cop frame in Psych, and their on-screen chemistry is part of what keeps this Seventh Season compilation afloat. In fact, they're pretty much the show's saving grace - without Shawn's faux-psychic aims and Gus' straight-man interpretations of them, the detective yarns in Psych might come up short more often than they do.
But thanks to the series' nerdy heart and a slate of cameos that would intrigue even a part-time fanboy geek, Psych: The Seventh Season ends up being a breezy, enjoyable blast. And as a TV-on-DVD set, you're not going to find too many releases quite as impressive as this one: sure, it'd be nice to see these episodes in high-def, but though there are fewer bonuses here than last time, it’s still a superb compilation.