First of all, a very Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday. Noah Wyle's Flynn Carsen makes a grand return after several episodes away in The Librarians Season 3 Episode 6, and it's clear that things aren't going smoothly at the Library.
The interpersonal drama between Flynn and the other Librarians and Eve actually tie in with the main plot to locate a missing artifact called the Eye of Ra, as luck would have it.
Then again, who am I kidding? This is the Library we're talking about!
The "list of hurts" scene was pretty funny (especially Ezekiel's super long list), but I have to admit that Flynn had a point when he reminds them that the fate of the world was quite literally at stake.
In short, they're busy worrying about their hurt feelings while the Ultimate Battle Between Good and Evil is at hand.
To be honest, though, the whole scene would probably have had more impact if we'd actually seen any of these things they complained about. Apparently, he'd been in and out since he went off to find Charlene at the end of The Librarians Season 3 Episode 2.
The growing discord between him and the rest of the team (Eve included) really should have been brought up before now. As it was, it just felt abrupt and out of the blue, if understandable.
A good portion of this episode rested on Noah Wyle's shoulders, and I think he did a fairly good job carrying it. He conveyed a sense of the sheer exhaustion, frustration, and weight Flynn felt as he tries to find a way to stop the end of the world yet again.
Even the chessboard scene, which might easily have come across as heavy-handed expositional self-reflection, worked out well for his character. Which was, I suppose, only fitting, for as was later stated, he brought the challenges with him.
It was a pleasure seeing veteran actor W. Morgan Sheppard appear, even in a brief scene, as former Librarian Teddy Chislington, responsible for guarding the Eye of Ra.
He also provided an ominous warning that to use the Eye will require the Librarian to lay down a life of his choice, with the clear implication that the life will be his own. Does that mean that Flynn is doomed? Discuss!
While I'd be sad to have Noah Wyle depart from The Librarians for good, there have been clear hints setting up for a cast member to bid the series farewell.
One aspect of this episode I was deeply dissatisfied with, however, was the presence of DOSA. They haven't proven to be anything more than a minor annoyance so far in the season, despite any words to the contrary from the Librarians.
And yet, somehow, with no explanation whatsoever, a DOSA agent just happened to be at the exact airport and on the exact flight the Librarians were going to be on?
And then they just shipped him back to DOSA headquarters (which they somehow knew where it is?) clucking like a chicken. Is the hypnosis going to wear off, or will the guy (who just seemed to be doing his job, if badly) think he's a chicken forever?
I can't bring myself to take them seriously as any sort of threat or antagonist for the Librarians, especially since every break they have seems to have been based more on luck and coincidence than any sort of actual competence.
It's especially weird since they distract from the season's actual Big Bad, Apep. You remember him, Egyptian god with the whole Ultimate Battle Between Good and Evil thing?
A few final thoughts before I turn the discussion over to you:
- I guess those poor pilots just don't matter? No one even spares them a moment's thought after they're disintegrated. Too bad for their families? And what about all those missing ships?
- It's been said before, but it bears repeating: W. Morgan Sheppard is awesome.
- Using the Eye of Ra artifact as a weapon against Apep is fitting, as the two gods were foes in Egyptian mythology.
- Those airport security guys were really, really lax. The DOSA agent got onto the plane with a gun. Yeah.
- Aren't cockpit doors supposed to be locked? How did the Librarians get in there so easily?
- I don't envy the plane's passengers for the fun interrogation sessions they'll no doubt face over the disappearance of the plane.
If you missed it, be sure to watch The Librarians online! And tune in on Sunday, January 1, 2017 (New Year's Day!) for The Librarians Season 3 Episode 7, "And the Eternal Question."
What did you think of "And the Trial of the Triangle"? Did you think that the Librarians were right about Flynn's attitude and behavior towards them? Was Flynn's trip down the rabbit hole an enjoyable diversion? Let us know in the comments section below!