The Librarians Series Premiere Review: Flying Swords and Secret Passages

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The Librarians is finally here! This series transports its audience to a magical world where knowledge is power and swords fly.

I am completely in love with everything about this new series. In the special two-hour premiere, The Librarians Season 1 Episode 1 and The Librarians Season 1 Episode 2 not only do the original films justice, they also introduce a new cast of characters who prove how special this show is going to be.

Noah Wyle as Flynn Carson - The Librarians

They are a dynamic bunch, each with their own special talents as well as their flaws.

Lindy Booth's portrayal of Cassandra Cillian, whose talents come with a dangerous brain anomaly, is wonderful to watch. Her character is one of the most well-developed so far. Her quick speech and photographic memory make her eccentric, endearing, and fascinating. But she shows her weakness when the Serpent Brotherhood promises to heal her, and she betrays the Librarians by helping the wrong side. Of course, she manages to redeem herself by the end of the premiere by sacrificing her own life to save Flynn.

Christian Kane plays Jacob Stone, a loveable and hilarious character. He is an Oklahoma man who is as skilled in Art History as he is in bar fighting.

There ain't nothin' amateur about my bar fighting, sweetheart.


He's part tough guy, part teddy bear, and from the way he is able to calm Cassandra when her hallucinations get out of control, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a bit of a love interest between the two.

Eve Baird and Ezekiel Jones are also fantastic characters, though among my favorite so far is Jenkins, played by John Larroquette. Noah Wyle's reprisal of Flynn Carson is nothing less than perfect. His character has obviously grown from the original films, but his role as the veteran Librarian is, a lot of ways, much more entertaining.

This new set of heroes learns to work together quickly, devising elaborate plans of stealing jewels and making magnets to save the world from the Serpent Brotherhood. The plans are a lot of fun to watch. Eve pushing Jacob in a wheelchair to crash into an artifact at the Buckingham Palace is a bit over-the-top, but in the most entertaining way possible.

But more than anything, this is a show with heart. Yes, the goal is to save the world and get back the Crown of King Arthur but, in the process, there is character growth and personal sacrifice. Hey, when a show makes you get teary eyed over the death of a magical sword, I'd say it's doing something right.

My one complaint is the kiss between Flynn and Eve at the end doesn't seem genuine. Of course, it does fit in well with the original films, so I'll accept it for now.

Overall, I this is a fantastic start to the series, and I look forward to seeing more. It reminds me a bit of a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Indiana Jones, and that love-child has to make for great television!

I'm offering you a life of mystery, of misery, of loneliness, and adventure. More than that, I'm offering you the opportunity to make a difference and to save the world every week. Twice before Friday. Are you in?


What did you think, The Librarians Fanatics? Was the premiere everything that you had hoped for? And which of the new Librarians is your favorite? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

And did I mention that you can also watch The Librarians online via TV Fanatic?!

And the Crown of King Arthur Review

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The Librarians Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Eve: You call Excalibur, 'Cal'?
Flynn: We're friends. Best friends. Besties, really.

Eve: How did you know all that?
Flynn: I'm the Librarian.