Synopsis: It’s time to choose the singular Librarian to tether with Baird, but no one can decide so the library takes it upon itself to help. Reducing the Librarians to their most primal selves and abandoning them in a landscape of their own nightmares, it’s The Trial of the One – but can they regain their humanity in time to stop the bloodshed and prevent the death of two Librarians And Jenkins?
Review: This penultimate episode of the fourth season of The Librarians delivers so much in the way of shocks and twists that will likely change the face of the series for future seasons. If indeed we get a fifth season of the show.
The Library forcing the issue of who should tether with Baird makes so much sense, but the cruel and calculating way in how it goes about doing so comes as a real shock to Baird and the Librarians. Especially given that if they refuse to do as commanded Jenkins will surely die, which is something no one wants. Not even the audience.
So the three Librarians are made to live out their worst nightmares and seemingly with absolutely no knowledge of the library or Baird their Guardian to help them. Stone winds up in a forest where he meets a Wich. Cassandra is stalked by her bullies and has no one she can rely on and Ezekial winds up on a chain gang. Once they all figure out how to get out of their nightmares the librarians can push a red button, which transports them to an arena like atmosphere in which the library through Jenkins commands them to kill each other for the privilege of pushing a button that crowns them the sole librarian. It’s frightening stuff as we see the worst sides of all three Librarians come to the fore, but thankfully Baird having figured out her own worst nightmares is able to prevent the bloodshed but at a heavy, heavy cost.
As the episode closes out we learn that all of this has been the carefully orchestrated plan of Flynn’s first Guardian Nichol who has been planning her revenge for 500 – years. This leaves us with one hell of a cliffhanger and a ton of questions such as: How will Baird reunite the team? What’s happened to Flynn? Is Jenkins really gone?
Unfortunately, all of these questions will have to wait until next weeks episode. But I have to wonder if maybe some time travel will be involved.
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