Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Librarians - The Dark Secret / The Steal of Fortune

The Librarians open up their Fourth Season by going back to the beginning, not the beginning of the series but the beginning of the franchise. News that one of the original cornerstones has been uncovered (which, if combined with the others, could be used to make the Library solid in this dimension once more) pauses preparation for the tethering ceremony to connect Flynn (Noah Wyle) and Eve (Rebecca Romijn) to the Library. Knowing the situation is dire, and the Librarians must stop the heretic Order of Shadows from recovering the remaining stones and destroying the Library, forces Jenkins (John Larroquette) to reveal the dark secret of who he's been keeping prisoner in the Library for a century - Flynn's original Guardian Nicole Noone (Sonya Walger).

While the first episode of the season reintroduces Nicole, setting her up as either a potential friend or adversary whose true motivations (other than her fondness for Flynn) remain a mystery, and having the Librarians work together to stop the cult from destroying the Library, the second episode of the premiere centers around Stone's (Christian Kane) friend, and others around the horse track and casino, whose unusual string of bad luck has mystical origins. "And the Dark Secret" may be the more important episode with meaningful ties to the franchise, but "And the Steal of Fortune" proves to be a fun standalone episode of magic making the world crazy as a living artifact (Sunny Mabrey) steals good luck for a corrupt casino owner (Richard Kind). It's good to have The Librarians back.

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