On mystery, misery, loneliness, and adventure: 13(ish) thoughts about The Librarians

The Librarians is exactly the new show I wanted: campy, but aware of its camp, and a fitting replacement for Warehouse 13. Haven’t seen it yet? Here’s something to give you an idea of what it is:

Dear Libarians Producers,

In the spirit of "Hey, I loved that....how can it be better?" let's discuss The Librarians. After having seen the first two episodes three times, here are my thoughts (spoilers, obviously):

1. I really love the homages to the movies - the papyrus font, the return of old characters, the continuing on with the "oh, it looks like this is wrapping up...but wait, there's more" pacing.

2. Having said that, if Charlene (Curtain) never returns I'm going to be so, so, so angry.

3. I love the continuity between the two episodes (even if they were shown together as one). Even in little ways, like Flynn (Wyle) saying the word "vex" in the first episode, commenting on how he needs to use it more often, and then using it in the second episode.

4. On the other hand, we didn't really need to be told that “wounds from Excalibur are magical wounds that always kill” quite as many times as we did. Trust that your audience is paying attention. I promise that we are.

5. One of the highlights of the episodes, for me, was Eve’s (Romijn) speech to Flynn about how his brain is his tool/weapon/whatever - it makes intelligence the superpower of the show and that's cool. I also love that all of the librarians use their brains to save the day at least once during series premiere.

6. On the other hand, we're just going to forget that kiss between Eve and Flynn happened.

Nobody saw anything. Nothing to see here. No sir. 

Look, all kidding aside, that was a huge mistake. The romantic tension had not been developed at that point, and frankly as much as I like (or want to like) both of them, there isn’t that kind of chemistry between them.

The leads do not have to be in love. It's often much more interesting if they aren't. Personally, I would prefer if you never went there with those two. Or, in the case of a pairing where I still have a say, with Cassandra (Booth) and Jacob (Kane), please just don't. I really don't want them to be a couple. Ever. 

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7. Ahem, how great is John Larroquette?

8. Also, I like the character of Jacob Stone. Interesting subtleties and the most compelling backstory. I'm hoping this character takes more of a lead role on the show.

9. Similarly, I like Cassandra, although I want more from her. And probably less naiveté going forward. A lot less. Her wide-eyed innocence is a little much to handle after she betrays the bunch of them.

10.  The young, cute kid (Ezekiel Jones, played by Kim, but let's be honest, he's there to get the teen girl audience)...needs work. The actor has some growing to do, which is not necessarily a bad thing; most of acting is learning on the job, and he's surrounded by some pretty decent talent. I'd recommend working on consistency of emotion within a scene or even a conversation, personally.

11.  I’m confused by Eve Baird’s framing within the story. Frankly, considering the prioritizing of brains over brawn in the Library universe (see point 5), it’s bewildering to me that she is going to be a) the leader of the group and b) our main character.

If the scriptwriters are going to persist in this, then they are going to have to do a whole lot of retconning to make her believable and/or interesting. Possibly some additional fight training for Rebecca Romijn might be in order too – it is certainly not the actor’s fault, but she is working opposite Christian Kane, who has just come off a role where he was the muscle…and he did most of his own fight sequences. Next to him, she looks stiff and unbelievable.

12.  The editing needs work. I get that the movies had a fairly loose plot flow, but that won't fly in 42 minute sections, and the show will be much more interesting if things are tightened up.

And finally:

13.  Maybe hire some fact checkers? A show about geniuses needs to at least put on a good show of smart stuff happening, and while the first couple of episodes did a decent job, but there's some iffy stuff there. Minor quibbly stuff, so I won't get into details, but still. This is the age of the internet, and there are already mass arguments over the origin of Excalibur, etc. on the IMDB boards for this show. You should assume every part of the easily checked stuff will be checked.

Love,

AM the Elder

P.S. I really, really, really tried not to make too many Leverage or Warehouse 13 references, but let's be honest, I can't help myself: All this show really needs is Hardison to show up. And maybe Claudia and Jinks. That would really make my day. Make them permanent cast members, okay?

P.P.S. What's the deal with the cutting of jokes from the Amazon streaming? I was so psyched for some of them on re-watch, and they were gone. Just gone. Not cool. Not cool at all.

 

Sources:

"Jacob Stone PSA | The Librarians | TNT." YouTube. Accessed December 21, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__bArAHCyMM.

"The Librarians." IMDb. Accessed December 21, 2014. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3663490/?ref_=nv_sr_1.

"The Librarians." TNT. Accessed December 21, 2014. http://www.tntdrama.com/shows/the-librarians.html.