The Librarians “And the Drowned Book/And the Broken Staff” Review (Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2) [Two-Hour Season Premiere]

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As fans of the TNT series The Librarians – based on the popular franchise of made-for-TV movies – will recall from the show’s first season finale, magic was unleased on the world, setting about a chain reaction that would greatly affect the library and its far-flung librarians.

Throughout the first season the team had been fighting their “big bad” in the form of Dulaque (guest star Matt Frewer) – who was revealed to actually be Lancelot of King Arthur’s time. Dulaque was defeated by Jenkins (aka Galahad) before making his escape.

Now in the second season, the team has discovered a new foe in the form of Prospero, the legendary character from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, who was awakened when magic was unleashed on the world.

In the first hour of the show’s second season premiere, Prospero called on one of the greatest criminal masterminds of all time – Professor Moriarty from “Sherlock Holmes” – to aid him in his quest to retrieve his “airy spirit” Ariel.

Moriarty, under the guise of James Worth, set about a plan to lure the Librarians to the Museum of History in New York; and it worked because the team had been fractured since magic was unleased on the world. Cassie, Jake and Ekeziel had all gone out on their own while Eve and Flynn teamed up on their own adventures. But by them not working as a team, they fell for the well-planned trap.

Prospero was able to retrieve Ariel and escape with Moriarty in tow while the team had to stop a megastorm from destroying New York City. Their crazy plan to use the sun that was oh so convenient located in the library’s “sun room” to stop the megastorm – using its beam through the torch of the Statue of Liberty – was really quite entertaining to watch.

But, Prospero wasn’t finished with them. In the second hour of the season premiere, he wanted to retrieve his “staff”, or more specifically, create a new, more powerful one from the Tree of Knowledge, which – of course – was hidden at the heart of the library. It took the whole team working together – and battling the Queen of Hearts from “Alice in Wonderland” and Frankenstein’s monster – both of whom were called forth from their books by Prospero – to stop him.

Eve and Flynn were the lucky ones (if you will) who were able to get to the heart of the library, stopping Prospero from his goal. While I saw the deceit coming, Flynn was able to trick Prospero into believing the Tree of Knowledge was destroyed before he could create his new staff.

‘The Librarians’ is nothing if not a silly, wild ride through history – albeit slightly altered history – but it certainly is a fun show to watch just to see what crazy circumstance Flynn will get into, how Eve will rescue him from that circumstance, what indecipherable math Cassie will come with, who will be the next person Ezekiel will try to fleece and what heroic gestures Jake and Jenkins will end up performing.

What did you think of the two-hour season premiere of ‘The Librarians’? Do you think that the team stands a chance against the “Fictionals” – the literary characters who are being brought forth from the pages of some of the most legendary books of all time? Please share your thoughts below.

The next episode of the second season of ‘The Librarians will air on TNT on Sunday, November 8 at 8/7c.

Rebecca Romijn as Eve Baird
Christian Kane as Jake Stone
Lindy Booth as Cassandra Cillian
John Kim as Ezekiel Jones
John Larroquette as Jenkins
Noah Wyle as Flynn Carsen

Guest Stars (Hour One):
Richard Cox as Prospero
David S. Lee as Moriarty
Nina Senicar as Isabella

Guest Stars (Hour Two):
Richard Cox as Prospero
David S. Lee as Moriarty
Michael Gladis as Frankenstein’s Monster
Vanessa Vander Pluym as the Queen of Hearts