The Librarians Season 3 Review

  • Series Title: The Librarians
  • Season: Season 3
  • Episodes: 10
  • Discs: 3
  • Network: TNT
  • Cast: Noah Wyle, John Larroquette, Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Harlan Kim, David S. Lee
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, R1

The Librarians is a fun and light adventure series from TNT and producer/creator Dean Devlin. It’s always enjoyable and the third season is no exception. Noah Wyle, who always brings an extra spark to the show is present in eight of the ten episodes, which brings this season to life. Also, The Librarians avoids the money-saving pitfall of other programs with a small ensemble cast and doesn’t split them up for episodes at a time. Instead, the younger Librarians, who are now seasoned professionals, are together in every episode. Rather than an advisor who drops by occasionally, Flynn is their mentor, and even Jenkins gets into the action occasionally (he gets to sword fight!).

The first episode sets up the season, as Apap, an Egyptian demi-god is released from his sarcophagus. He can possess people and turn them to his will. Apap’s ultimate goal, though, is to release ultimate evil into the world, preferably by destroying The Library. Later, Flynn Carson will obtain the Eye of Ra which can defeat Apap, but it requires a human sacrifice to work. In the season finale, Flynn plans to sacrifice himself to defeat Apap and restore the Library.

During the season, Charlene, whom we learn is the original Guardian, and whom Jenkins loves deeply, though she loves someone else, goes missing. When she is found in Shangri-la, she ends-up having to sever her connection to the library. Charlene goes beyond the mirror, with Judson. Flynn and Jenkins take it very hard. Charlene’s sacrifice strengthens Flynn’s resolve to sacrifice himself to defeat Apap.

The secondary bad guy for the season is DOSA, the Department of Statistical Anomalies, a “secret government agency” whose goal is to collect artifacts, guard them with technology, and find and destroy the Library and the Librarians. It’s such an old conspiracy plot. And DOSA reminds me of ARGUS in DC Comics, especially as the head of DOSA is an African–American woman, Gen. Cynthia Rockwell, Baird’s old mentor, and commander. As usual, DOSA has no idea how dangerous the artifacts are, though Eve’s well-played betrayal turns out to be double-edged as she and Flynn planned it as a trap for Apap.

The individual stories, however, are considerable fun. The first story introduces the villain and themes of the season. The second is a classic base-under-siege story with werewolves. The third, “The Librarians and the Reunion of Evil” was one of my favorites so far in the series. I loved the frost giants! The “Self-Fulfilling Prophecy” was a timey-whimy adventure in Greek Myth, and I enjoyed it immensely. The carnival episode felt like a Ray Bradbury story. I thought it was very unique that the show combined the Bermuda Triangle with Alice in Wonderland, in episode 6, this is also where Flynn gets the Eye of Ra and the entire episode is beautifully shot. “The Curse of Cindy” was the only episode of the season I didn’t care for. But in episode 9, Shangri-la was beautiful and provided a necessary element for the finale. The day-walking vampires who simply wanted to exist was a new take on “good guy” vampires. Overall, like previous seasons, Season 3 is simply fun, and light, and enjoyable to watch. The team has come together well, and it was great seeing Noah Wyle in nearly every episode. Highly recommended.

One odd note, Christian Kane, as Jacob Stone, seemed perpetually angry all season long, and delivered his dialogue in a husky undertone like he was about to explode in anger. It was weird and disconcerting. But that was the only negative of the season.

See also My Review of Season 2 of The Librarians.

See also My Review of Season 1 of The Librarians.