The Librarians Season 4 Review

  • Series Title: The Librarians
  • Season: Season 4
  • Episodes: 12
  • Discs: 3
  • Network: TNT
  • Cast: Noah Wyle, John Larroquette, Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Harlan Kim, Rachel Nichols
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, R1

The fourth and final season of The Librarians doesn’t have a major arc villain like Moriarity or Prospero. Or rather, it does, but for the majority of the season, Flynn, Jenkins, and the Librarians think that Nicole is simply Flynn’s previous Guardian and are happy to have her back. But from the beginning, Nicole seems to be hiding something. She shows up just as Flynn and Eve are rehearsing for the tethering ceremony that will tie The Library to the real world and make Flynn and Eve immortal. Nicole’s arrival slowly causes chaos and division through the entire group. She attempts to talk Eve out of becoming Immortal – showing her concrete examples of the pain it’s caused her (Nicole is also Immortal). And she tries to talk Flynn into leaving The Library.

Flynn is in the first five episodes of the season, instead of disappearing for a few episodes here and there. In “[The Librarians] And the Bleeding Crown” Flynn meets his idol, a lonely previous Librarian from the 1800s, who seems to be the real-life model for Sherlock Holmes. Darrington Dare convinces Flynn there can only ever be one Librarian. Dismayed at the idea of firing his team, Flynn leaves, having apparently resigned.

In the next episode, Eve ends up chasing Nicole, who uses the time to convince her that becoming an Immortal is a bad idea. Eve continues as Guardian, but she’s also worried by Dare’s cryptic warnings and Flynn’s departure. The next episode has Baird take the entire group, minus Flynn and Jenkins, to a team-building adventure camp, only to discover mysterious disappearances linked to an ancient forest.

Cassandra then gets her chance at a solo mission/vacation. She decides to spend some time in “the safest town in America”, which happens to be in Ohio. There, she meets a scared single mother and her smart-as-a-whip son. The son is the only person in the small town who thinks the safety record is a little too good. Cassandra discovers the mayor captured a fairy as a child, and made two wishes, then captured the fairy in a snow globe depicting the town. When the snow globe is accidentally cracked, the fairy goes on a rampage – making it a very dangerous town indeed. Cassandra, with help from the young boy, is able to solve the problem on her own, and even sees the fairy safely released.

The team returns minus Jenkins and Flynn for the next episode, “[The Librarians] And a Town Called Feud” where a Civil War reenactment that’s gotten a few things wrong raises a few ghosts. Even with their new differences, the team unites to not only figure out the issue and solve the ghost story mystery but also to fix it without anyone getting hurt, and to set right the person who got the history wrong in the first place.

There is also the marvelous “[The Librarians] and Some Dude Named Jeff” where Jenkins is body-swapped with “Jeff” a D&D player who works at a “Geek Squad” analog. Jenkins finds Jeff’s D&D group and leads them in a very real and dangerous quest to get him back to the Library. Each of the members of the group solve one puzzle along the way. Once he’s back in the Library Jenkins and Jeff, who isn’t a bad guy, must defeat a monster that Jeff’s accidentally released by using an actual grimoire in his spell. Jenkins learns about the joys of D&D and true friendship – and Jeff learns his life isn’t really all that bad – and it’s his life. It’s a very fun episode.

The final two episodes are a conclusion to the season and to the series. The Library is about to separate from reality, and Jenkins pressures Eve to tether with one of the Librarians to save it. Rachel returns and causes chaos again, putting the Librarians into a nightmare world. Even as Eve figures out she’s also in a nightmare, it’s too late and Cassandra, Stone, and Ezekiel all resign as Librarians. Jenkins, now mortal (having used his Immortality to save Nicole) is killed by Nicole. But Eve also discovers that Flynn is alive and that he was knocked out and was being held hostage by Nicole. She rescues him, and ultimately, time travel is used to go back to the first episode of the season, where Flynn and Eve decide to actually tether to the Library instead of simply rehearsing. This, of course, means the entire season never happened – Nicole is talked out of taking the potion that made her immortal in the first place. She doesn’t stop Eve and Flynn from tethering. And one wonders if the rest of the season happened at all and if it was different.

I enjoyed TNT’s The Librarians very much. It’s a fun, light, enjoyable adventure series. There’s magic, and time travel, and math. For a series that sounded like a D&D adventure brought to life (or at least to television), it was interesting to see the show itself both honor and lampshade its source material. I’m sad TNT decided not to renew this show, and it’s too bad no other platform picked it up. But I highly recommend all four seasons of The Librarians and the three previous movies.

My review of Season 1 of The Librarians.

My review of Season 2 of The Librarians.

My review of Season 3 of The Librarians.