In Review: The Librarians And The Fables Of Doom

The librarians latest case takes them to a small town where fairytale's are coming true - in a more dangerous manner than is expected.

Synopsis: The librarians latest case takes them to a small town where fairytale’s are coming true – in a more dangerous manner than is expected.

Review: The fun to be had with a story of this type is limitless and the writers of this episode really truly went for it and then some.

Things start off when a trucker is thumbed off the road by a giant troll, which soon comes to the attention of baird and her team, but thing just get more and more weird as more is slowly revealed.

Turns out that the cause is an ancient books containing the original versions of Grimm Fairytale’s – but trouble is when read out loud the book’s contents become real.

Again the unlikely hero of this episode is Ezekiel Jones who in the world of fairytale’s is known as lucky jack the wily thief. Baird, Stone and Cassandra are not so lucky. Cassandra winds up being a complete chic magnet as the real life incarnation of Prince Charming whereas Stone becomes The Huntsman and Baird completely has to play against her type as the stereotypical fairytale princess.

The unlikely villain of this episode is played superbly by Rene Auberjonois who has inherited a collection of old books and has become somehow possessed by the book of fairytale’s, which he has been reading to a very sick young girl at the hospital.

Kudos here to John Kim for making Ezekiel Jones a fun character to watch throughout this episode. A few weeks back when the show first started I said that Ezekiel Jones would be the toughest character to become invested in and I think Kim has done a great job of making him into a lovable rogue.

Also mention should go to the rest of the cast for their parts in the episode. You can tell by watching that Lindy Booth was having a ball in her Prince Charming role and Romjin was very game to become perhaps the most unlikely of fairytale princesses you’ll ever see.

I also enjoyed John Larroquette in this episode. Most notably his scene with the snack vending machine.

If there was any fault to be had with this particular episode it would be the limited use of CGI, which again much like in the pilot episode was a little ropey, but it wasn’t so bad as it took you out of the fun that was on offer here.

I’m not sure when TNT will decide if they will be going for a second series, but hopefully they will go for it because shows like this one are great as light relief from some of the more gritty science fiction and fantasy that the other cable providers are offering right now.

The Librarians And The Fables Of Doom
  • Lots of fairytale fun
  • CGI ropey in parts
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
3 Comments on this post.
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    6 January 2015 at 2:23 pm -

    This one hit the spot on so many levels, making me realize how sad Once Upon A Time has become in comparison.

  • mentdijinn
    8 January 2015 at 7:11 pm -

    This quirky, zany, silly show does fill a spot that has been missing in tv viewing for me for a while! I enjoy and look forward to each episode to see what the gang will get into next! great to see my favorite actor/singer Christian Kane in a lighted hearted show .. well love him in anything .. but this is a great departure for him.. hoping for many more seasons ♥

  • Heidi Dobson
    9 January 2015 at 1:12 am -

    I loved this episode the twists were well executed and the characters seem to get stronger each week. I can’t wait to see the double episodes next Sunday.

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