The Librarians is based on a series of TV movies starring Noah Wylie as Flynn Carsen, the Librarian of a magical library that seeks to keep dangerous magical artifacts out of the hands of mortal man. The series has run on TNT since 2006 and last year, they made a surprisingly good TV series out of it. But one good season can be a fluke, did they keep it going for a second season?
This season primarily focused on Prospero, a character created by Shakespeare for The Tempest, who has been brought to life and is trying to reshape the world to his “story”. To do so, he captures a powerful fairy, Ariel, and brings Moriarty, from Sherlock Holmes, to life as his assistant. If he can reconstruct his broken staff, created from the Tree of Knowledge, he can achieve unlimited power and take over the world, but only if the Librarians can’t stop him first.
To be honest, this season was a little inconsistent. Some stories are simply better than others and since each tale is a generally stand-alone tale that ties into the overall season storyline, that can be a problem. Each week, Prospero or Moriarty are after some artifact that they need to hunt for or hatching some scheme that they have to defeat and while the Librarians always win in the end, they never manage to stop Prospero completely. That kind of thing is expected, but what really causes problems is that most people watching this series really want to see Noah Wylie. He is excellent in the role and he does pop in once in a while, but he really doesn’t want to do this as a full time gig so he’s only in a handful of episodes per season. You can tell the episodes he’s in by how many people tune in. As much as I think the characters of Jacob, Cassandra and Ezekiel have potential, I really don’t know that they’re up to carrying the series entirely on their own. Even throwing Rebecca Romjin into the mix as Eve Baird isn’t enough to make the show particularly compelling. They have gotten better, to be certain, but by the season finale, when it looked like Flynn and Eve were going to be trapped in the past forever, they couldn’t even leave that as a cliffhanger for a third season, people would probably stop tuning into the series in droves and that’s kind of unfortunate.
While I’m not the biggest fan of magic, the stories are usually entertaining and infectious. Once you get onboard, it’s a fun ride until the end. Some episodes are certainly better than others, but I can’t think of any that I really hated this season, even though I could never really get into the whole Prospero arc. They portrayed him as being far too powerful along the way and it was only stupid mistakes that eventually took him down. Still, the ride was fun and I don’t regret going along at all.
So if you’re looking for a show that doesn’t require a ton of brain power, but has some good old classic adventure, you certainly could do worse than jumping onboard The Librarians. They’ve already been renewed for a third season, I know I’ll be there.