The Librarians and the Final Curtain

by Alan Rapp on December 29, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Librarians – And the Final Curtain
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The Librarians and the Final Curtain

The Second Season of The Librarians comes to a close with an amusing time travel storyline as Flynn (Noah Wyle) and Eve (Rebecca Romijn) travel back to the age of Shakespeare to stop Prospero (Richard Cox). Since his introduction in the season premiere Prospero has been an ill-defined, and largely absent, villain. “And the Final Curtain” helps explain the character’s creation and true motivations, although it doesn’t sell the character or help him look better compared to the much more intriguing Moriarty (David S. Lee), a character who is sadly cast aside like so much rubbish.

While Prospero himself is ultimately disappointing, the episode itself has lots of fun with the concept of time travel including the wing of time travel inventions, Eve’s comments about the idea of time travel, and an intriguing way for our heroes to make it back to the present (even if the why of them not being able to cross through the portal is questionable at best). Even if it doesn’t ever fully develop Prospero, and yet again only teases us with the Women of the Lake, The Librarians provides a solid season finale with a callback to the original Librarian TV movie and a terrific throwaway line about talking dinosaur time travelers that the episode has no intention of explaining – even if Cassandra (Lindy Booth) really wants one.

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Mary E Brewer December 29, 2015 at 11:56 am

Little disappointed there was a lot of Christian Kane — Jake Stone in this episode especially since Literature is suppose to be his thing. Was a great finale tho and i am looking forward to The Librarians 3rd season already!

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Mary Lynne Schuster January 4, 2016 at 8:23 am

Thank you – a nice review of strengths and challenges without a synopsis of the entire plot! I thought Prospero was less than interesting, also, and fascinated that a villain could have as much character development as Moriarity. Maybe they will bring him back. I love how the team has come together and Jenkins’ growing care of the team. I know it’s hard to highlight six characters in a 42 minute show but this seemed a natural to see more of Jake (Christian Kane).

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Louise Shive January 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

This was an interesting end to S2, but I have to agree with your criticisms, as I usually do. My major criticism is way too much Noah Wyle and not enough Christian Kane. He needs way more screen time than the writers give him.

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