The Librarians Review: Witchcraft and Haunted Houses

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There's a reason The Librarians has quickly developed a large fan base. The Librarians Season 1 Episode 7 and The Librarians Season 1 Episode 8 take this show to a whole new level.

The tiniest of clues are being revealed each week as to who Jenkins really is. He's hiding something, that we know. He has a history with the main villain, Dulaque, and in "And the Rule of Three" he runs into another old rival.

The Librarians Stop by a High School to Save the World Season 1 Episode 7

Jenkins has obviously been around for a very long time, and I look forward to finding out more of his story. Something tells me, though, that it will be a while before his secrets are revealed. He's also proving to be a pretty complex character, capable of both great comedic timing and of showing deep anger and sadness.

It is Cassandra, however, who continues to be one of the most well-developed an interesting characters in this series. That shows particularly in "And The Heart of Darkness" when she proves that she is not to be underestimated. We're reminded of Cassandra's tumor and looming death as she battles Katie. She's felt sidelined for most of this adventure, but now she fights on her own to save the others and restore the haunted house back to its original purpose. As she does so, she screams at Katie that she looks death in the mirror every day because of her tumor.

"And the Heart of Darkness" might give me nightmares tonight (I know, I'm a wimp), but it is among my favorite episodes so far. Of course, to make the episode scary, there have to be details like old photos, mirrors, and a young girl singing "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain." Effective? You bet. This could have easily become a cheesy attempt at a horror flick, but it instead has just the right balance. Sure, some of the special effects leave something to be desired, but that also adds to this show's charm.

Ezekiel's commentary on the haunted house makes it even better. More than once, he mutters something about the experience of watching a scary movie, which lightens the mood.

This is exactly the point in the movie where the guy in the audience says, 'get the hell out!'

Ezekiel

The way the origin of the haunted house is explained is fascinating. The house becomes a character all its own, whose origin was once to be a house of refuge. That is, until it was taken over by a family of serial killers. Now, thanks to Cassandra, and it go back to granting wishes for those in need.

The tiny dollhouse adds another element altogether, and I'm curious to see how Ezekiel stealing it might come back to haunt them all later on.

I love Jacob more and more. He's tough when he needs to be, but he's more often the sweet-natured guy who gives good advice. In "And the Rule of Three" he also reveals more about his own character, explaining how he used to "wear a costume" instead of showing the world who he really was. This is something we've seen before as he tries to balance his love for learning and Art History with a background that would have him be a lot more macho.

I can't wait to see what will be in store for him and the others in next week's finale!

What did you think of these episodes, The Librarians Fanatics? And what are your hopes for next week's season finale? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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And the Rule of Three Review

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The Librarians Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Someone turned a magic spell into an app.

Cassandra

Amy: Magic's real?
Cassandra: Magic's real.
Amy: Awesome.