Way back when there were made-for-TV films starring Noah Wylie about his, by now iconic character, the Librarian. To be honest, it wasn’t really my thing probably because the sidekick winds up being a vampire. Promotional material for this show looks fun so naturally I decided to see what the record breaking ratings did for the two-hour premiere.
Colonel Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) is in Berlin for a NATO counter-terrorist mission when things get dicey. While there trying to stop the bad guys and a bomb from detonating, she meets Flynn Carson a.k.a. the Librarian (Wylie) who is busy recovering a lost artifact. Then before she can process what she sees and is told, he’s gone. Back home, she’s put on leave for the fallout, and just as she wonders what to do with her free time, a white envelope appears inviting her to the library. At the library she learns that she’s been selected to be Flynn’s guardian (essentially his bodyguard) much to the resistance of Flynn. But turns out he’s investigating the murder of a man; the only clue a photo of a painting on his body. This leads he and Eve to discover that before he got the job, those invited to interview for the Librarian are being murdered.
This leads them to three names, all of whom are potential suspects the Brotherhood may want dead. The ancient cult wants magic back in the world and seemingly won’t stop at anything to accomplish that. The proof is in Flynn saving Ezekiel Jones (John Kim) from the Brotherhood and Eve finding Jake Stone (Christian Kane) in much the same situation. Along with mathematician, Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth), Flynn and his reluctant team (he doesn’t want them along for the ride) head to Germany to learn the painting’s secrets.
Hit or miss is my mantra for the sort of comedy The Librarians opts for. It’s an assortment of subtle and flat-out ridiculous. Unlike the last movie installment, I loved every second of this premiere. What makes it work so nicely is that the show seems to know it’s a bit over-the-top crazy and plays that as a strength. The counterweight of the funny quips ensures that the excitement of the sequences don’t fall into a darker theme. Fortunately with a fresh-face cast (for the most part) and equally fascinating characters, the show is unique; especially when thinking about the carousal of titles seeing air time today.
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Aside from the sparkling humor, what else was fun to the scripts was the historical throwbacks woven into the story. (Episode one is titled “And the Crown of King Arthur” and episode two, “And the Sword of the Stone” is more of one collective story.) We jump from Berlin to Germany and eventually, London, which is a great way to kick off stories that promise adventure. Another thing that is an advantage is really the characters. There’s more depth than I’d given the writer’s credit for, particularly since one character has a clock on her life. Eve proves a sassy heroine although the “twist” regarding one of the characters (can we say a double-cross!?) does surprise; Ezekiel is way fun – plus the dude has an accent! Works for me. What’s nice about this group that has come together is how they all have something to offer the team. Having a strong group of actors is a must. Early signs point to the fact that this show gets one of the big things right.
If I’m being honest, the main reason this caught my eye was one of its actors. One of the attractions for me was Christian Kane. Just coming off the finale of Leverage, it’s a nice surprise to see him starring in a new weekly show; I adore Christian’s Leverage character (Elliot). Speaking of Leverage, if you were a fan (also a TNT show), this is really something you’d enjoy. The vibes are similar when looking at the comedic scene or the humorous dialogue, which is nice. Or even Doctor Who. Between the magic and multiple locations the team visits for their cases, there’s similarities. Starting out, I think this show has a strong hook. The ratings for the premiere are understandable, there’s something magnetic here.
The characters mesh well together (a huge must in any show) as well as the way the individual elements twist together. If you like history and something that will tickle your funny bone, then looking into The Librarians won’t leave you disappointed.
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