The Librarians Get Stuck in Time

The Librarians (Screen: TNT)
The Librarians (Screen: TNT)

Can unlikely hero Ezekiel save his friends from a time loop, and perhaps even find himself along the way?

The Librarians are stuck in a magical time loop, and Ezekiel’s the only one who retains his memories when the loop resets. Through lots of trail and error he discovers it’s actually a video game, and the only way out is for him to safely escort Cassandra, Eve, and Stone to the next save point. Can the most immature1 character on this show save his friends, and himself?

The magical, mystical, legend/artifact/thingie:

A crystal of graphene. More specifically, a crystal of superconducting graphene, called Atlantean thomatite, that has the properties of both a solid and a Bose-Einstein condensate2.

Into which wrong hands might it fall?

Similar to last week’s Dorian Gray adventure, it’s already in a bad place — being used by DARPA as the energy source for a quantum supercomputer that can predict the future in one second with 99% accuracy and/or teleport people. That’s either really good or really bad, depending upon your feelings about the American military, but either way it’s misuse of the thomatite that caused Atlantis to disappear. So, you know, let’s maybe lock it up in the Library as a preventative measure.

Teamwork makes the team work:

Sick of repeating himself, suffering serious burns, and watching his comrades die, Ezekiel locks the others in a room to keep them safe while he figures out where the next save point is. When he needs skills he doesn’t have — engineering, physics, or even Urban Tactics 101 — he goes and retrieves the appropriate team member to teach him how to  the problem. It’s really cute how much he learns from them3.

Giddily ridiculous moment of the week:

It’s a tie between the bottomless backpack visual gag, and the (purposefully low-quality) special effects when Ezekiel uses a health pack or reaches over his shoulder to retrieve an inventory item out of his backpack. Reminds me of the many hours I spent watching friends play Wolfenstein 3D in the back of our 6th grade classroom.

The science checks out:

“The system encountered some corrupted code and it fritzed.” Yes, that is the technical term for it.

“A heavily-shielded, fortified room. That’s where we find the techno magic mojo.” Also the technical term.

Dewey decimal? Do we ever!

WHAT A GREAT EPISODE! Well, except for the very very end. We finally got some character development for Ezekiel AND IT WAS SO GREAT. I actually teared up a little when he lets Eve tell him a war story for the hundredth time because: “I just like the way you look at me when you tell that story.” <3 <3 <3 So for him to go through all that, to bond with his fellow Librarians (even if they don’t remember it), and then to just wipe all of that away? Don’t dangle a well-developed character in our faces when we’ve waited this long for him, then just take him away from us! Harumph.

Even still, I rate this the best episode of The Librarians so far. For those of you keeping score at home, this is the fifth episode directed by Jonathan Frakes, best known as Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Frakes also directed “And the Infernal Contract” from earlier this season, and three episodes from season one.

Last but not least: the show has been renewed for a third ten-episode season to air Fall 2016. Hooray! I look forward to more episodes like this one.4

  1. …and the most poorly-fleshed out …  
  2. I may or may not have originally thought Cassandra said “bovine sign condensate”  
  3. Even if “bleeding a pipe” is less engineering and more plumbing.  

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  • Mary E Brewer

    So excited that they have been renewed.. Never enough The Librarians… Christian Kane as Jake Stone is my favorite character .. His expressions are just priceless . He is getting better and better at the comedic side of his acting as well!! Thanks for sharing!