Synopsis: When the Egyption God of Chaos inhabits a human body, he attempts to release Pure Evil into the world, thus beginning the final battle of Good vs Evil. In order to stop him, the Librarians must decipher a series of clues within a science museum.
Review: The family fun and fantasy of The Librarians has returned and the stakes have been raised as we delve into the realm of Egyptian mythology with the new villain Apep the god of Chaos.
This first episode is setting up a lot. Especially insofar as the team and Eve’s need to try and make each member of her team the best that they can possibly be because she has a explainable feeling. In fact her opening scene sees her teaching Jake martial arts. Which in and of itself is a fun opportunity for Christian Kane to show of his gift for physical comedy while simultaneously hiding the fact that he is an accomplished martial artist.
It’s great to see the team back again and the fact that they haven’t lost a step when it comes to their interactions and amazingly fun chemistry. Much like last series Kane is once again partnered with Ezekiel Jones (John Harlan Kim) for a lot of the knock about stuff, but also has as a few nice moments with the other team members.
Eve Baird for most part is now paired with Flynn when not leading the ensemble cast, which makes sense given that they are now a couple on the show, which has added a more interesting dynamic insofar as Eve over time has become more appreciative of the weight of responsibility that she has as the Guardian.
The villain of Apep is a master stroke in that we know have a big bad that can actually make use of the not so great personality traits of the team and actually pit them against each other. But when the team realises this it makes for the funniest moment ever as they form a united front and sing as a chorus and choir in order to defeat Apep.
In fact the fact that we have an Egyption God as the villain could almost have been taken from the Classic Doctor Who series play book, even some of the music toward the close of this opening episode is a little reminiscent of some of the great stuff that Murray Gold did during the David Tennant and Matt Smith era of the modern series.
I loved the fact that throughout the whole episode Jones is wanting to play with the cool submarine and eventually gets his wish by the close of the story. Funnier still was the whole team saying “No you can’t play with the cool submarine.” Personally I can’t blame the guy for trying. For me Jones was always the character on the show that needed the most work insofar as making the audience like and over the last couple of years John Harlan Kim has won us all over.
Also noteworthy is the addition of DOSA who will most likely be a thorn in the side of the Librarians as the show moves forward. The introduction of Vanessa Williams at the close of the episode certainly had a hard edge to it. Which suggests that she is going to make for an intriguing character and adversary for the team as the weeks pass by.
Great performances from all the cast and crew here and a fantastic opening episode to get the ball rolling. Although I’d like to see a little more of Jenkins in the next few weeks. I felt he got sidelined a little, but the scene at the close between him and Flynn is telling. Especially when Flynn mentions what his old boss Judson used to say.
- The Good: Great knock about comedy and strong acting from all
- The Bad: Not enough Jenkins & Music Cue toward the end maybe a little to similar to Doctor Who
- Visual FX9.5
- Incidental Music9.0