Y’all knew where I was this past Sunday night, right? Watching the Season 2 premiere of “The Librarians” OF COURSE. The premiere kicked off, like last year, with two back-to-back episodes:
- Episode 1: “And the Drowned Book”
- Episode 2: “And the Broken Staff”
The first episode starts off with the news that the librarians-in-training have all been working on their own for the past few months, so they have to learn to work together again in this episode. The library is back, but Jenkins discovers that items are going missing and that the library is rearranging itself. Something rotten in the state of Denmark?
There are new villains for Season 2, fictional villains from great works of literature — referred to as “Fictionals” — including Prospero from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes stories. As some of my favorite episodes from Season 1 focused on inventive twists on fairy tales and legends, I am looking forward to the librarians taking on the “Fictionals” throughout Season 2.
My husband, a college English instructor, personally liked how literary Season 2 is already. And I already have more appreciation for the Season 2 tagline, “This season they’ll need every trick in the book.” 😀
My favorite bits from Episode 1, “And the Drowned Book”:
- 8 minutes in, Flynn and Eve are going to a museum exhibit on a new mission:
- Flynn: A new exhibit brings in the fundraisers and gives the big-wigs a chance to rub elbows with the rock star archivists and librarians.
- Eve: Every girl’s dream.
- 30 minutes in, Flynn’s fan-boy glee when he thinks he’s met Sherlock Holmes: I love you! I mean, I love your adventures… A team-up with Sherlock Holmes!
- 45 minutes in, Prospero casts Shakespeare as the villain: Shakespeare broke my staff; he drowned my book. Who is more real? Authors or their creations? Again, I appreciate how inventive the writing is.
- Almost 50 minutes in, the librarians are trying to figure out how to stop the storm system of hurricanes Prospero has unleashed upon New York. Problem-solving at its finest:
- Jake: People don’t have great track records of stopping hurricanes.
- Flynn: Well, they haven’t had the resources of the library. [Snaps his fingers, turns to Jenkins] Zeus’s lightning bolt?
The second episode continued the Prospero storyline. The librarians are trying to prevent him from putting his broken staff back together while also trying to protect the heart of the library. The library’s security system actually traps the librarians inside the library, so they have to work together (sensing a theme here) and use the library’s internal resources in order to stop Prospero and protect the “tree of knowledge” at the heart of the library.
My favorite bits from Episode 2, “And the Broken Staff”:
- Almost 10 minutes in, Ezekiel researches references to lost or broken staffs in the old-school library card catalog. Actually, this scene both amused AND infuriated me. (Especially because Ezekiel is tossing the cards onto the stairs as he goes through them. NOT COOL. You better be planning on re-filing those cards, dude.)
- Ezekiel: I’ve got references to a bunch of lost magic staffs in here…
- Jake: Just cross-reference staff with “broken”
- Ezekiel: How? It’s not like it’s a search engine.
- Jake: What do you mean, how? You don’t know how to use a card catalog?!
- Ezekiel: It’s the 21st century. I don’t know how to shoe a horse, either.
Jake’s look of outraged incredulity during this scene was PRICELESS. I feel you, Jake, I feel you.
- This tweet on the #TheLibrarians after the card catalog scene:
Raise your hand if you know how to use a card catalog. ✋ #TheLibrarians
— The Librarians (@LibrariansTNT) November 2, 2015
I AM RAISING MY HAND SO HARD, Y’ALL.
- 20 minutes in, the librarians-in-training have to bribe a young girl who checked out the local library’s only copy of the unabridged, complete works of Shakespeare. I guess you can put a price on knowledge… 😉
- Almost 40 minutes in, Flynn’s attempt at soothing Frankenstein’s monster: Hug it out. For humanity. Yes. There’s no need for violence. This is how librarians solve problems. With our minds and our hearts. [Frankenstein’s monster throws hims off.] Worth a shot.
- Eve’s eternal frustration with Flynn because he never has a plan; rather, he just goes off adventuring and reacting in the moment. And 46 minutes in, she totally calls him on it: I want you to stop. And think! (I also love that the planner in the group is the non-librarian.)
- 55 minutes in, Flynn’s description of the tree of knowledge: Knowledge is young, always growing. No matter how much [knowledge] you think you have, there’s always room to grow.
My favorite aspects of the series are still in full force. It’s so earnest and fun, and you learn a little (or a lot) along the way. In fact, what I said last year still sums up what I find appealing about the entire series:
I always finish watching an episode of “The Librarians” with a smile on my face. 😀