The Librarians and the Zarathustra Men

The Librarians - 201 - And The Hollow Men (Photo: TNT)
The Librarians - 201 - And The Hollow Men (Photo: TNT)

In which The Library and Zarathustra both get more character development than Ezekiel.

It’s every librarian’s greatest nightmare: the Library’s rooms are constantly and randomly rearranging themselves, doors are starting to lead to nowhere, artifacts are going missing. If our heroes can’t figure out what’s happening and fix it — and fast — the Library will cease to exist, forever. Isn’t this fun?1

The magical, mystical, legend/artifact/thingie:

The Eye of Zarathustra2, a glass globe that is missing from the Library (#73 on that list, according to Jenkins). It’s allegedly a map to Zarathustra’s powerful staff of knowledge.

Into which wrong hands might it fall?

The ultimate culprit is none other than our big baddie: Prospero, who has already regained his magical book, and needs help recreating his broken staff. Flynn prevented him from constructing a new staff from the Tree of Knowledge back in episode 2, and we haven’t seen Prospero in the flesh since then.

Teamwork makes the team work:

Flynn finds himself partnered with a very anxious and emotional Ray in search of Zarathustra’s staff; he gets a taste of his own medicine as he’s left following Ray’s whims, and in the process ends up having to teach Ray how to function as part of a team.

Meanwhile Baird teams up with Moriarty, who can use Ariel to track Flynn and Ray to Zarathustra’s staff, but needs Baird to provide the transportation.3 Their conversation in the car is suuuuuuper awkward but provides a moment of bonding over partnerships and opportunities that could have been.

Cassandra, Ezekiel, Stone, and Jenkins are sidelined — er, left tending to the Library, keeping the lights on as long as possible.

Giddily ridiculous moment of the week:

[FLYNN and BAIRD argue in the foreground while EZEKIEL and STONE search for the Eye.]

Baird: “[…] you don’t get to just give orders and expect them to be followed–”
Ezekiel, holding the Eye: “Found it!”
Baird, smugly: “These people are Librarians, just as much as you are.”
Ezekiel: “Dropped it.”
Flynn: ” …… ”
Ezekiel: “DROPPED IT!”
Baird: “Improbably.”

[EZEKIEL runs by in the background, kicking the Eye along the floor.]

Flynn: ” ….. ”
Stone: “Just PICK IT UP, man!”
Flynn, to Baird: “Let’s start again.”

The science checks out:

When he gets kidnapped by Ray4 aka The Spirit of the Library Personified,5 Flynn sends the team a coded message with clues about his location. Baird starts translating it using Morse code, and ends up with sets of numbers. Stone recognizes it as Chinese telegraph code6, and starts decrypting the second layer of information. “Chinese is a pictographic language. With each code burst, you get more information with fewer dots and dashes.” The more you know!

Dewey decimal? Do we ever!

It’s nice to see Flynn back for a mid-season episode; if memory serves correctly7 we only saw him at the very beginning and the very end of Season 1. On the other hand, his appearance interrupts a nice series of character development among the second-tier Librarians. Cassandra and Stone have each had their day recently, but I’m starting to feel like we need a “# Episodes Since We Learned Anything About Ezekiel” banner.

  1. NO! It’s terrifying.  
  2. Zair-uh-THOOOO-struh!  
  3. Wait, seriously? You can employ magic for everything except how to get from Point A to Point B?  
  4. WHY WERE YOU TALKING TO THE CHINESE?  
  5. It’s … kind of a long story.  
  6. A real thing! Unlike much of the “science” on this show.  
  7. AKA I am too lazy to look it up right now. And thus you are forgetting about this. – M  

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  • Mary E Brewer

    Loving each and every episode of The Librarians.. can’t wait for more!

  • Alessandra

    enjoyed every single episode, much better than first season and can only get better 😉 #thelibrarians is amazing 🙂 want more, we need a few more seasons! 🙂