Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Librarians and the Drowned Book

After months of working separately around the globe retrieving artifacts for The Library, all the Librarians are brought together in New York City where a convergence of unusual items each brought to the attention of one of the Librarians, a pair of fictional characters brought to life by some unseen force, and an unusual storm all converge on a museum. The Second Season opener brings the cast back together, reminding both themselves and the audience that they all work better as a group (even if they do get on each other's nerves). The choice of fictionalized villains, such as Prospero and Moriarty (David S. Lee, who comes close to stealing the episode), and the reminder that magic is very much alive in the world after the events of Season One, works to raise the stakes of what may be possible in the show's Second Season.

While Flynn (Noah Wyle) and Eve (Rebecca Romijn) have gotten closer in the months following last season's finale, Jake (Christian Kane), Cassandra (Lindy Booth), and Ezekiel (John Harlan Kim) have all drifter away from one another. However, thanks to the events of the premiere, the Librarians are united for whatever fate may have in store. Foreshadowing trouble down the line, "And the Downed Book" gives us a scene of Jenkins (John Larroquette) noticing odd behavior in The Library with artifacts disappearing and shelves rearranging all willy nilly. Whether this is simply the magical world having an effect on the collection of artifacts or some hidden force affecting The Library from afar will have to be seen (as will be the true identity of the person responsible for pulling fictional characters out of literature and using them to further their own mysterious ends.

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