The Librarians: Season 2
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The Librarians: Season 2

The fantasy/adventure series ‘Librarians’ had an unusual back story. The PNT basic cable network reduces they made for cable movie back in 2004 titled, ‘The Librarian: Quest for the Spear’ followed in two-year increments by ‘The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines’ and ‘The Librarian III: The Curse of the Judas Chalice.' All three films starred exceptionally familiar and rolled like the face on television, Noah Wyle. After almost 15 years on the preeminent medical series, ‘ER’ had already cemented his reputation for serious drama. By branching out into this series of movies, Mr. Noah Wyle understandably wanted a change of pace and opportunity to stretch his acting abilities. The result was a franchise about Flynn Carsen, the titular librarian. Within the context of this world, the librarian is a position of great responsibility chart with collecting and safely storing all the facts of immense power and even magic. Took all way up into 2014 for TNT to finally come up with a way to present this is a series. At the time he was involved in a science fiction series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, ‘Falling Skies.' The solution was to reach the basic premise make it more conducive as a series of weekly episodes. The idea was to retain the character of Flynn but expand the cast of characters doing half the audience appeal. Had to get around one detail that built into the original premise of the franchise but there’s only one librarian per generation. With a touch of imaginative storytelling, Flynn was presumed dead, and three librarian candidates come forward, Jake Stone (Christian Kane), a man of rugged appearance hailing from Oklahoma with a genius IQ of 190 and extensive knowledge of art history and architecture. Joining him was Ezekiel Jones (John Kim), a master class thief was completely self-absorbed but also able to master any technology he encounters. Finally, joining the group is Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth), a mathematician and scientist with synesthesia, a condition that links all five of the senses and enhances her memory. This new lineup and adjusted premise open the storyline potential to make a highly entertaining series.

At the end of the first season, each of the Librarians went out on independent missions to gather significant artifacts. Reintroducing magic the world resulted in the potential for global catastrophe. It was the responsibility of the Librarians to prevent it from destroying the real world. The writers’ waste no time at all in introducing the season’s primary villains. Professor Moriarty (David S. Lee), teams up with Prospero (Richard Cox), combining a pair of literature’s most sophisticated villains, the archenemy of Sherlock and the evil wizard from William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest. Besides combining the evil implementation of logic and deduction with a dark mark, this pairing introduced a new class of supernatural creatures, the ‘Fictional,' fictional characters that are so well defined and their respective literary works that you take on an independent life of their own. Most of the season concerns this pair of villains as they attempt to gather sufficient magic to become entirely real. This one plot device works incredibly well in setting the stage when extremely innovative sophomore year. Along the way, an eclectic range of mythical, legendary people and items are brought into the storyline. For example, to better control magic Prospero these two great a new Staff of Power. To (or "intending to") accomplish this, you must obtain a large branch from the biblical ‘Tree of Knowledge.' The concept of Fiction turns out to be exceptionally versatile with the introduction of more reliable villains, bad guys of moderate ability controlled by the respective ‘Big Bads.' One of my favorites is the use of Wexler University, founded by a 19th-century occultist and the inspiration for H. P. Lovecraft's fictional Miskatonic University. Naturally, this allowed them to bring in a Lovecraft inspired creature reminiscent of Cthulhu, the Old One.

Guiding and coordinating the trio librarians is Jenkins (John Larroquette), where the end of the last season to be Sir Galahad, Knight of the Round Table. He is an immortal completely devoted to caring for the library and is librarians. Every Librarian is assigned a Guardian for protection. The Guardian initially assigned to Flynn, Col. Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn), who was expanded her responsibilities to serve as mother hen three charges. A previous job was as an officer in the counterterrorism unit. One of the most important aspects necessary for the success of the television series, especially one in the fantasy genre, is to establish chemistry between the principal characters. The first step to achieving this was to provide full personalities to each of them. Ezekiel is fundamentally only concerned with himself during the season you learn to depend on his teammates and even care about them as people. Cassondra leverages synesthesia and mathematical abilities to be able to utilize the magic that has been set free in the world. Jacob started out as physically strongest of the effortlessly transitioned into the ad hoc rock of stability. He is the protective big brother that helps lead the crusade against evil. Eve begins rate from her regimented military upbringing as you begin to see librarians less as a responsibility and more as a family. She also is a residual romantic relationship with Flynn never overwhelms the story, but I said the joy of nuances to the proceedings.

Many of the characters and situations brought into the episodes have been visited many times in the past in both film and television. The usage here is unique is how uniquely enjoyable these mainstays of fiction become. For example, one episode receives a new take on the Devil and Daniel Webster theme. (John DeLancie, channel some of the mischievous omnipotence that he developed in his best-known character ‘Q,' ‘Star Trek: the Next Generation.' Indeed this character has been portrayed by incredibly talented actors in the past but is this diabolical entity been given such enjoyable twist within the context of episodic television. Love example of this is when the Librarians investigate a nightclub popular with twentysomethings. Mysterious accidents and overdoses are claiming a statistically impossible number of patrons. The cause turns out to be due to the most infamous selfie in literature, the portrait of Dorian Gray (Luke Cook). In this variation, Gray recharges his portrait with the life force of his helpless victims to remain eternally young. During one episode science fiction that is rapidly becoming realized is given a magical spin. A DARPA facility builds an experimental quantum computer that is faster and more powerful than anything current computers can achieve. His unimaginable breakthrough in technology derived from a stone originating from Atlantis. A particularly enjoyable episode Flynn returns to the library to find the team missing in Jenkins having no memory of him. Fylnn is eventually led to a small town on an island in Puget Sound for each of the librarians is living an alternate life. Even with an episode dealing with fantasy alternate reality the storyline does manage to connect to the season-long arc. Flynn finally discovers that Prospero has been testing the powers of his staff in preparation for his ultimate endgame.

Every episode is a romp through history blending the nice whimsical touch of reality. Of course, even the actual material requires a sizable grain of salt, but he can prompt some investigation. The show can carry some the most outlandish plot points imaginable due to the obvious chemistry formed between the cast members. While watching the audiences is given the distinct feeling that the actors enjoy what they are doing. When the cast seems to be having fun it only translates to the effectiveness of the series is something that you want to watch make a point of viewing. This series is one of those sleeper hits that can be completely underestimated by most of the critical community. Between broadcast TV, basic and premium cable and now an increasing number of streaming video services are now more sources to select from than ever before. It is easier than ever for series such undeniable quality can get lost such overwhelming quality. This is the proverbial pearl of rare quality that has earned more recognition than is given to it. As of the release of the second season on DVD season three is already in progress and builds upon the solid foundation established by the first two seasons.

bulletGag Reel
bullet7 Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
bullet10 "The Directors of the Librarians" Featurettes

Posted 01/05/2017

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