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With so many stories that require the biggest gun or the hardest punch for the hero to win the day, I love the fact that it’s brains and ideas and working together that win the day. The stories interweave into a captivating tale that does what I need a good story to do – enthrall and engage me enough to give me a break from reality for a little while, catch my breath, and after blowing out the cobwebs, taking on my real life challenges and going for the win. In the tradition of the storytelling bards of old, I love “The Librarians” and would definitely think of this as family entertainment, but that is just me – check it out for yourself.
SPOILERS and I do not apologize for doing it!
The last 2 episodes had me completely enthralled – I LOVED it and I was so mad when the “to be continued” came up at the end of episode 11. Jenkins’ story line actually made me cry. The resolution was awesome – the view of the world without curiousity and creativity – at least in my mind – was so frightening to say the least. To exist day to day with no ideas, no color, doing a job by rote and answering to a higher entity – “The Company” – that has no heart or soul is the truest nightmare in my mind. Then to realize that the true treasure of creativity, curiousity, and magic resides in the mind and the heart – I was actually cheering at the end. Well done!! A story worthy to be called “classic.”
I rather got the feeling that this might be the wrap up of the story for the Librarians. (Don’t panic – just me speculating.) The Library is safe. Time is restored, and all but one question is answered. The only door left open ever so slightly is Nicole telling Flynn that she would see him in 500 years – they might be able to do something with that – but if the Librarians are to continue, they will have to be very careful in keeping the life and calibre of the writing. I truely hope it is not the end – but if not, please let it go on a high note.
When looking for a new series idea, TNT went back into its old archives, much like the title protagonist The Librarian might do. In 2004, TNT created a trilogy movie series starring Noah Wyle as Librarian Flynn Carsen, who in charge of a secret store of artifacts (many of them — most, actually — being magical). Wyle has returned for this new installment of the Librarian franchise, which could easily be titled The Librarians: The Next Generation. Hit the jump for why the title is now plural.
For those unfamiliar, the Librarian (singular), is a man chosen by the Library itself to protect its collection, and help save the world from nefarious sorts (which happens a lot). Once a Librarian dies (which also happens a lot), a new one takes his or her place. Though the Librarian has many magical artifacts at his or her disposal, the series makes clear that the mind is one’s greatest weapon.
It’s a little bit Indiana Jones, a little Sherlock, a little Doctor Who, a little Sleepy Hollow (the new, crazy Fox version), and a hefty dose of Da Vinci Code, National Treasure … you get the idea.
In this version, Wyle, as Flynn, (who also stars in the TNT series Falling Skies) carries the first two episodes of The Librarians himself, before suggesting he will just be a brief figure in the series. The Library itself is in peril, not to mention that a lot of magic has just been released back into the world, so Flynn finally acknowledges he needs some extra hands. Those come in the form of a Guardian, Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn), whose day job is a counter-terrorism colonel, as well as a set of Librarians-In-Training: genius cowboy Jake Stone (Christian Kane), mousy synesthe, Cassandra (Lindy Booth), and a tech wiz-kid who is also a master thief, Ezekiel Jones (John Kim).
Having not watched the original movie trilogy, I can only make assumptions about how the new series ties in with the old. But I also purposefully stayed away after seeing The Librarians pop up on the schedule; TV series should be able to stand on their own, without relying on homework source material. Ideally, there would be enough there to entice new viewers, as well as some jokes and references to fans of the original movies (like, I’m assuming, Flynn talking about his ten years working alone, and his first job collecting the Spear of Destiny).
the-librarians-tv-show-2The Librarians seems to achieve all of this, bounding out of the gate with a gun-filled action sequence, and plenty of humor (much of it really goofy). Wyle is magnetic in his role, and it will be a big loss not to have him week to week. The new cast, though, is likable and has potential, with Romijn anchoring the series as the more serious and focused Guardian. John Larroquette is also a very welcomed presence as a sardonic library annex caretaker Jenkins, a sort of Jeeves figure for the new class.
The Librarians fits in with TNT’s breezier programming, and it also seems pretty kid-friendly. There’s a lot of magic, and plenty of familiar cultural touchstones (the first two episodes focus mainly on well-trod Arthurian legends). It’s also cashing in, if a few steps behind, on the zeitgeist thrust of television series focused on magical and mystical things.
Ultimately, The Librarians seems like a fun addition to the original movie franchise, with more room to grow and explore its supernatural realm (although, its premiere event ends with Jenkins explaining that there’s a book that adds information about mysteries every day, setting up a firmly procedural framework). The Librarians is not exactly essential viewing, and it remains to be seen how the show will hold up without Wyle’s constant presence. But its non-serious attitude is fun, and its ties to the original movie series gives it a built-in depth when it comes to its own mythology. Worth checking out.
The Librarians begins with a 2-episode premiere Sunday, December 7th at 8 p.m. ET on TNT
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