My friend Thomas and I seem to be the only die-hard fans of Psych. A travesty by my standards, but a discrimination I could live with. What I cannot stand on the other hand is the blatant copying of my Beloved. For example, The Mentalist. Let's do a little run-down:
Psych: Shawn Spencer is the Santa Barbara, CA police station's independent psychic
Mentalist: Patrick Jane is the California Bureau of Investigation's independent consultant
P: He uses his impeccable observation skills to solve cases and convinces others he is psychic
M: He uses his impeccable observation skills to solve cases and used to convince others he was psycic
P: He is known for ignoring protocol
M: He is known for ignoring protocol
P: His skills are valued by all except Head Detective Carlton Lassiter, who constantly insults Shawn's techniques, but now and then will reluctantly acknowledge his help
M: His skills are valued by all except Senior Agent Teresa Lisbon, who constantly insults Patrick's techniques, but now and then will reluctantly acknowledge his help
P: Shawn is praised for his charm and ability to solve tough cases, but looked down upon for his disregard of the rules
M: Patrick is praised for his charm and ability to solve tough cases, but looked down upon for his disregard of the rules
Similar a bit? I would think so. The Mentalist is just Psych minus the humor and who wants that? I know I sure don't. So I say fuck The Mentalist. If it issues a disclaimer stating "Yes, we know we stole everything from Psych but took all the good parts out. I hope you enjoy this piece of shit" then maybe I'd reconsider my boycott.
I'd also just like to point out a little mentioned fact. The Jimmy Smits accidental stabbing is straight out of the Psych episode Lights, Camera...Homicidio. Both stabbings were done by latin actors who thought they were using a prop knife. As my dad would say, "Coincidence...or fact?"
Either way Psych is everywhere but for some reason the media seems to have a vendetta against it. Luckily for SpenStar and Gus "TT" Showbiz they don't need any mass media promotion. This should last a lifetime.