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The Librarians is a series on TNT. Only ten episodes a season, and the season opener was a two-parter, so they have to make the best of each show.

They did. Oh boy did they ever. tl/dr version - this new series is FANTASTIC and I'm looking forward to see what happens next (and wishing there'd be more than 10 episodes in the season). Oh and it's not too soon to start wishing for Season Three.

If you don't know, it started with a made-for-TV movie, The Librarian and the Quest for the Spear, first aired in 2004. In it, Flynn Carson, played with wonderful geekiness by Noah Wylie (ER, Falling Skies, and he also was Steve Jobs in Pirates of Silicon Valley) is a perpetual student. He's earned 22 Ph.D.s and wants to earn more, but his professor kicks him out of school to go learn in the real world. He gets recruited by The Library, a secret organization under the New York Metropolitan Library. The Library is where all sorts of powerful magical artifacts are stored, protected from the outside world and vice versa. It's run by Judson (Bob Newhart at his deadpan best even when he kicks ass in a fight. Yes you read that right. Bob Newhart kicks ass in a fight) and Charlene (Jane Curtain also shining in her role). There is ever only one Librarian who goes out and stops magical threats and retrieves dangerous artifacts, and new Librarians are thrown into the deep end to see if they drown. They do get a guardian. Yes, the movie was more than a little cheesy and the special effects were more than a little cheap - but it was FUN!!! If you haven't seen Quest for the Spear, go get it and rent it. On iTunes, it's listed in with TV shows. It's also on Hulu if you have a subscription, and Amazon to rent/buy.

Two sequels were created, The Librarian: Return to King Soloman's Mines and The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalet. Both fun, though frankly didn't have the hold on me that Quest for the Spear had. There had been rumors that there might be a fourth movie someday, which would be nice, then the anouncement came of a series, The Librarians, starting last season.

In Season One, the main bad was Dulaque, played deliciously by Matt Frewer. Someone was killing the other potential candidates when Flynn became the Librarian. Three are saved - an art historian, a thief, and a mathematical genius with a brain tumor. A guardian is also recruited, against Flynn's wishes. To keep the contents of the Library out of the hands of the Serpeant Brotherhood, Charlene and Judson break the Library's connection to our world. Season one is about the three Librarians In Training going on adventures while being trained (and protected by the guardian) while Flynn is out there looking for a way to get the Library back (and while Noah Wylie is filming episodes of Falling Skies). Loved it, one of my favorites from last season, and was thrilled it got renewed.

Season Two premiered Sunday night, and it's off to a great start. This time, while the Library is back, it's not quite working right. Also, Prospero (yes, Shakespear's The Tempest's Prospero) is using the magic released into the world in Season One to seek power.

Going to get into some spoilers from here on. BEWARE! SPOILERS BELOW!

Good nerd action movies need a great villain to keep interesting. Chuck, a favorite of mine, had a great villain in Season Two with Chevy Chase, suffered with a weak villain played by Brandon Routh, and picked up with Timothy Dalton. The show runners behind The Librarians know this. Season One, Dulaque was great because he both enjoyed playing the villain and yet thought he was a hero - and once he was, he was actually Sir Lancelot of Camelot, out to restore the glory days. The keeper of the Annex of the Library, Jenkins (played by John Laroquette at his annoyed best) turns out to have been Galahad. Dulaque was defeated at the end of the Season One finale, but not necessarily destroyed, which makes me hopeful he'll be back. Alas, his faithful assistant Lamia, also lots of fun, won't be - Dulaque killed her to open the door to the Loom of Fate.

Season Two will focus on fictionals, fictional characters brought to life. Prospero's tale was told so often and with such fervor that he was made real on his own, others are summoned by Prospero. His assistant is Moriarty, and he's at best a reluctant assistant. I forsee fun things when Moriarty is able to turn the corners on Prospero. We've also seen Alice through the Looking Glass's Red Queen, and the book version of Frankenstein's Monster (which, if you didn't know, is NOT afraid of fire - but Flynn and Ezekial find other ways of dealing with him).

This is going to be a great fun ride coming up!

Posted on November 3, 2015, 6:18 pm

Donald Brown

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