The Librarians: Science is Magic

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And you know how the librarians love science magic!

It’s a double dose of The Librarians, one week in advance of their two part season finale, following not that far after their two part season premiere! Check out the rundown on Sunday night’s second episode once you’re done catching up on this one.

The clippings book levitating – a never before seen phenomenon – means something very very big is happening at a high school STEM competition. The librarians find suspect after suspect but eventually come to realize there’s a much more dangerous adversary pulling the strings. Along the way, plenty of intriguing and/or well-earned backstory bits come out via every main character. It’s good that that happens as the episode itself wasn’t the strongest or best told of the season.

The magical, mystical, legend/artifact/thingie:

“Someone turned a magic spell into an app!” As Jenkins points out the inverse of the old saying is just as true: any sufficiently disguised magic is indistinguishable from technology. Someone has programmed an old and powerful wish fulfillment spell onto smartphones and put it into a very fertile wishing ground – socially marginalized teenagers.

Into which wrong hands might it fall?

This is all a long, dangerous ploy by Morgan le Fay (a slowly but deliciously delivering Alicia Witt), sister and killer of King Arthur, and continual corruptor of mankind via magic. Here she’s using the (previously never mentioned) rule of three to her mathematical advantage – the force of the magic wielded, good or evil, will be revisited on the user threefold. By having dozens of students cast increasingly competitive spells at one another, it’s just a matter of time before… bad things happen? I lost track of some of the details as this episode suffered from resources going towards wrangling extras instead of tightening up the writing and direction. We did get one awesome addition to the lore of the librarians: Jenkins is at least as old as Morgan, and they’ve encountered one another several times through the years.1

Teamwork makes the team work:

Despite a thin storyline that lacked focus, this episode had a number of really nice scenes and exchanges throughout. Both Stone and Cassandra got very touching moments – Stone quotes Byron to a lovesick goth kid, encouraging the guy to be himself, unlike how Stone has spent much of his life. Ezekiel eavesdrops on Cassandra pep talking a different student and gets her to open up about how her parents tried (and, let’s be honest, kind of failed) to deal with her mental health issues. That culminates in him giving her a trophy to replace the ones she lost years ago when she started hallucinating. 1st place in the category of mathemagics, he says – “I stole it – but you won it.” Aww!

Meanwhile, Jenkins and Baird argument over next steps (before Morgan waltzes in and starts dropping bombs) did more to illustrate the tensions in the world of international magic containment in forty seconds than the entire dragon episode.

And a shout out to whoever came up with the touch of Baird and Stone interrogating a high school suspect – they played good cop/bad cop on the set of the school play that looked like a police station.

Giddily ridiculous moment of the week:

“The sea otter is generally considered adorable, but in reality it’s history’s greatest monster and if we don’t take action soon it will take over the world and destroy us all.”

The science checks out:

Baird: “Is that a brain in a jar?”
Jenkins: “It’s a brain jar. What else would one put in it?”

Dewey decimal? Do we ever!

What’s this never before mentioned rule of three? Next week (the season finale!) promises to tie a lot of threads together; it would be nice if next season carries that idea into more episodes.

Still no sign of an episode order, or even photos for this week, on the press site. Turner’s publicity department needs a librarian.

  1. Plus, and this gets tricky – Morgan/Morganna may have called Jenkins by a name that could be read as ‘Galahad’, which suggests that maybe Dulaque is Lancelot? Let’s not overthink this…  

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  • Tanya

    Well, he *is* Launcelot du Lac….