Do you enjoy action, adventure, and witty dialogue while watching a team of people thrown together try to save the world while also indulging in some campy humor? If so, then The Librarians on TNT is for you.
The Librarians takes up where the third The Librarian movie left off. If you don’t know The Librarian series, it stars Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen, a man who has more PhD’s than is good for him and no social life therefore, who gets chosen to be the protector of the magical library that houses pretty much everything from myths and legends and science, too. He also gets to romance a tough, spunky, brave, capable, and, above all, smart girl in each movie. It’s pretty much Indiana Jones crossed with Warehouse 13, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, and, well, you name it, while the tone keeps its tongue firmly in cheek.
The series continues this in all ways, but it ups the ante. It helps if you’ve seen the three Librarian movies, but you don’t have to see them in order to enjoy this show. Basically, the evil bad guys manage to infiltrate the Library and therefore the main Library gets detached from our realm of reality. At the same time, the bad guys are killing off all potential future Librarians, and since being the Librarian is a high risk job, this is a very bad thing. Our Librarian, Flynn Carsen, and his newest Guardian, Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn), head off to rescue the remaining Librarian options – Jake Stone (Christian Kane), Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth), and Ezekiel Jones (John Kim). They find a Library Annex being managed by Jenkins (John Larroquette) and set up shop, intent on saving the day.
After some major drama where a huge amount of magic is re-released into the world that sets up both the plotline and some interpersonal conflicts that will need to be resolved as the show goes on, our main Librarian goes off to find the Library, leaving Eve in charge of the three Junior Librarians. Flynn makes several appearances, but it’s Eve’s show to run, so to speak.
The cast clicks well and they’re all enjoyable to watch – they’re having fun and it shows. Ezekiel Jones is a character I thought I’d despise, but with the way John Kim is playing him, I kind of adore him. I’ve enjoyed Christian Kane since he was in Angel, Lindy Booth is sort of doing the Fred character from Angel, but with a lot more gumption from the get-go, and Rebecca Romijn should use this show as an audition to play Sonja Blade should we ever get another Mortal Kombat reboot. (And that’s a compliment – two of my dogs are named after Mortal Kombat characters.) John Larroquette is, of course, great. (But you already knew that.)
Frankly, this is the show that I expected Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be – fun, action-packed, with cast members that are clear individuals with clear abilities that differ from the other cast members. And I actually care about these cast members and can tell you, easily, who they are and what their skills and damages are – and this was after the first show, not 15 episodes in. True, The Librarians is heavy on the campy side of the house – but that makes the show fun to watch. They’re saving the world every week, but they’re having a great time while doing it.
They’ve landed some great guest stars, too, including Matt Frewer, Tricia Helfer, Tyler Mane, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Plus any show that casts Bruce Campbell as Santa, and then gives you one of the best Christmas episodes ever on top of that, is a show that deserves to be watched.
The Librarians is campy fun, with an enjoyable cast that clicks, fun scripts, and a storyline that celebrates smart people. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds.