iZombie Episode 12: Dead Rat, Live Rat, Brown Rat, White Rat – This week, Liv’s created a monster!

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Last week, Liv ate the brain of a paranoid schizophrenic and had conversations with the demon character logo for Hell Fries chips, and went on a stakeout with Johnny Frost (the local weatherman from the TV station). Peyton and Ravi had date night at Peyton and Liv’s place, and Major dropped by.  Liv went with Johnny Frost to the deceased’s apartment, looking for evidence. They found his cell phone, and when Liv checked the videos on it she found a video of herself eating her first zombie meal. Later, Major checked himself out of the mental hospital, and went on his own little recon mission. He recovered (read: STOLE) some brains from Blaine’s delivery guy – astronaut brains meant for a high roller client. Blaine got pissed off and stabbed the delivery guy in the neck and ordered him to recover the brains. Ravi found a cure for zombie-ism. One of his concoctions that he was feeding the rat worked – the white rat turned brown again. The kicker about last week’s episode was that most of the events were delusions – the result of Liv eating the brain of a paranoid schizophrenic. I pretty much got the whole “Bobby Ewing is in the shower, this was all just a dream” feeling.

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iZombie Episode 11: Astroburger

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Last week, we lost Lowell when he tried to be the man he thought Liv deserved. He tried to take out Blaine when she couldn’t pull the trigger, and ended up getting himself killed. About a million hearts broke when that happened – I heard them all cracking from here! We now know that Suzuki is in Blaine’s pocket, but how deep? He seems to be more and more reluctant to cooperate with Blaine, but his un-life depends on the brains that Blaine provides. Ravi has been working on a cure for zombie-ism, and has found the compound that induces it. Major checks himself into a psych hospital for treatment when nobody appeared to believe him after Julien attacked him. One of Blaine’s major clients made him a very lucrative deal – a large sum of money for an astronaut’s brain.

This week, there’s even more with the crazy. Literally. Liv’s lunch decides to talk back when she eats the brain of a schizophrenic who was convinced he was talking to the devil. At least we didn’t have to wait a whole season to find out that everything was just a delusion – like with that one season of Dallas where Bobby Ewing came back right where he left two seasons prior, in the shower, just for us to find out that the whole season immediately preceding had been “just a dream.”

There are little devils talking to her, leading her around through all this stuff. Meanwhile, in the “actual reality” of the episode, Peyton and Ravi are having a date and all Liv wants are her dan-dan noodles. SPOILER: She never gets them. I wasn’t happy with the way this episode led me to believe that Liv and Major are getting back together, when they probably aren’t. To the show runners and writers, I say – MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Thanks, guys.

SHOULD Liv and Major be able to be together? What about Peyton and Ravi? Will Major be able to make good on his threat? Hit the jump for the recap, and tells us what you think in the comments below!

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iZombie Episode 10: Mr. Berserk

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Last week, Major was attacked by Julien in his own home. Then Blaine shot Lowell. This event was a pretty big development, and really traumatic for fans of ship Livwell. It put me in a bit of a funk, as well. I didn’t realize how attached to these characters I had become until that point. Well done, show writers! You sucked us all in, and we all bought tickets on that cruise. Now, we’re floundering in the ice cold waters of the realization that Lowell went the way of the Titanic. Hopefully we’ll get a lifeboat soon.

This week, Suzuki covers for Blaine (and by default, Liv) by cutting short the investigation of Lowell’s murder. He tells the investigating detective that it was an obvious suicide, and if the M.E.’s office finds the same, then it’s case closed. Liv attempts to drown her sorrows in the alcohol-soaked brain of the reporter (Rebecca Hinton) that worked with Major on the missing kids issue. Clive digs deeper into the Max Rager problem, and finds some damning evidence that includes the boat party that Liv was at the night she was turned. Clive pulls her off the case due to her alcohol consumption, and Ravi sends her home. She meets someone who identifies himself as Rebecca’s source, and winds up in some deep shit when she figures out who her real source is. Major checks himself into a psychiatric treatment facility, and meets a guy who tells Major that he knows all about zombies. Liv comes clean with Ravi about why Lowell was with Blaine in the first place, and what they had planned. Clive is the voice of reason, talking sense into Major and keeping Liv grounded.

So much “WTF?!” going on with this, and there’s still three more episodes left in the season!

Will Liv tell Major about the zombie thing? Will Ravi get closer to a cure? Will anyone tell Clive about Suzuki? Hit the jump for the recap, and give us your predictions for what’s to come in the remainder of this season of iZombie!

 

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iZombie Episode 9: Patriot brains

This week’s episode picks up right where last week’s left us hanging – in the elevator. There were a lot of feelz in this one, and I gotta say – I hate just being left hanging when I know something isn’t as simple as it seems. There was a lot more work done on the relationship between Liv and Lowell, and I was just starting to feel like maybe it had a chance – and then BAM. Maybe not.

The whole vibe for the episode this week was depressing, but in a good way. That touched me. I mean, the usual energy between her and Clive was there. It was a little weird between Liv and Ravi, but it was downright sad between her and Lowell. Major makes a mistake that nearly costs him his life, and still might – but he’s closer to the truth than he realizes. The problem is, I don’t think he can handle the truth! Meanwhile, Ravi is so far not a zombie after being bitten by the zombie rat – yet.

There wasn’t a whole lot of focus put on the actual crime this week – a dead soldier, and a murderous computer geek. There was a lot of focus on Liv’s new sniper skills. Passengers on the good ship Livwell are probably wondering what now, especially since something rather permanent seems to have happened with a fan favorite. But I’ve learned that things aren’t always what they seem with this show, so I’m holding out for the hero to come riding back in on his steed later on – perhaps in season two.

Is Lowell gone for good? Will he rise again from the dead? Hit the jump for the recap, and tell us what you think in the comments!

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iZombie Episode 8: Dead Air

iZombie fans rejoice! If you haven’t heard by now, the series has been picked up for a second season! It’s not known yet when it will premiere or how many episodes were ordered. The first season had a mid-season debut and 10 episodes were ordered for it, so let’s all cross our fingers and hope we get a full 23 episodes out of it – or at the very least, a half season of 13 episodes. Now that the good news has been announced, let’s get on with the rest of the good stuff!

Last week Liv turned into Zombiemom after eating the brain of a pregnant girl, and she gained an appreciation for her own mother. She and Lowell got to know each other better. We saw lieutenant Suzuki in action as Zombiecop, and Major got more than he bargained for when he found the Candyman. Ravi conducted a clinical study on some rats with Utopium and MaxRager drinks, with an interesting – if gross – outcome. And one of the rats gets lost again.

This week, things heated up for Liv and Lowell. Major got beat up and released from jail, and Ravi saw Payton in a different light. A radio host was murdered live on the air. Liv found the lost rat, and Ravi believes for a moment that he’s created a monster. I need to say how much I am loving the prop and make-up department on this production! Major’s bashed up face… the delivery boy’s flayed open head on Jackie’s counter from episode 6… the dead rats… They can come decorate my house and do my make-up for Halloween – or anything – whenever they want!

Another of the things I am loving about this series is the continuity. While the general theme of the show is “crime of the week,” there’s more going on than that. It looks like Lieutenant Suzuki’s story is about to expand and mingle with the storyline between Major and Blaine – did I mention there’s a twist this week? Oh – and there’s a really huge OMG, too.

There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not Suzuki is in Blaine’s pocket or not, and this week we find out what team he bats for. And it looks like next week’s episode will be a rev-up for the season finale, judging by the way this week’s episode wound up at the end. My guess (and fervent hope) is that the last episode of the season will go off with hell of a bang!
So far, the Livwell ship is still afloat. But is it me, or does Lowell seem really insightful about what’s going on with Liv? I mean, he comes to the exact, correct conclusions about her behavior every damn time – even before she does. And I’m not so sure yet that bringing Ravi and Payton together is a good thing.

I really wanted to kick Liv’s ass for how she treated Ravi about the whole issue, and I think I fell in love with Rahul Kholi’s performances even more. That particular scene was an emotional moment that was very well played. I felt Ravi’s pain. Hopefully all this shipping doesn’t take the focus off the whole premise of the show – crime solving and zombie research with our new Scoobie Gang.

What do you think – too much shipping going on?  Should they just stick to the storytelling, crime scene action, and brain eating? Hit the jump for the recap, and tell us what you think in the comments below!

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iZombie ep 7: Maternity Liv – This week, Liv is Tiger mom!

First off, I’d like to clear up something. In the pilot episode, the Lieutenant was sitting at a desk with a nameplate that said “C. Abe” so I had assumed that his name was Lieutenant Abe. He was never addressed by name until this episode – unless I missed it before, and I’ve been referring to him as Lieutenant Abe in my past recaps. So I’d like to correct that and apologize for the confusion. Going forward I will be referring to the character correctly.

Liv gets maternal this week, when she eats the brain of a pregnant teen. This makes for some interesting and funny interactions between her and the people around her – she starts mothering everyone. Ravi is understanding but weirded out by it, Evan is annoyed by it, her mother is taken aback and even Liv is embarrassed by her actions. Later, things seem to get strange with Lowell, and Liv doesn’t understand right away. Major seems to be going a bit too far by taking things into his own hands with the search for the Candyman, and that spells trouble for Clive. Evan is told to get a job, so he starts looking.


Check out the recap after the jump, and tell us what you think in the comments section below!

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Sleepy Hollow: Spellcaster Recap

Last week – Ichabod, Jenny and Abbie rescued Hawley from a demon, who happened to be the woman who raised him. Captain Irving was exonerated in court, and went home to his family after Katrina confirmed that it appeared Henry no longer had a hold on his soul. Hawley left to hunt down his demon foster mother.

This week, we do some house hunting, and take on an evil adversary from Katrina’s past. Crane makes progress with adapting to 21st century life. We also get an interesting plot twist.

In an auction house, the curator and his assistant are taking inventory and categorizing items for auction, working late into the night. One of the items is a book of spells -the journal of John Dee, the most trusted advisor to Queen Elizabeth, according to legend. The royal court’s “sorcerer supreme.” As they talk, the curator is carefully leafing through the book, coming to the page with a pentagram and other symbols on it. A phone call interrupts their conversation, ad the curator steps out to answer his phone. He tells his assistant to make sure things are secured. She picks up the book with gloved hands, and for a brief moment looks as though she might be tempted to explore it. She puts it into a locked glass case.

The lights flicker, and she looks around. Seeing a man dressed in 17th century colonial garb entering the room, she tells him he can’t be in there. The man ignores her and slowly walks towards the glass case. The security guard enters, and also tells him he can’t be in the room. The man ignores them both and continues to the glass case. The security guard pulls his gun, and tells the man to turn around slowly with his hands up. The man smashes the glass and removes the book. He puts it on the ground, and pulls out a dagger from his cloak. He starts casting a spell. He cuts his arm, and as the blood falls and pools on the ground it starts to boil. He uses magic to kill the guard and the curator’s assistant.

Ichabod is examining a lighting fixture. Looking at one of the light bulbs, he remarks that it looks just like a candle. Abbie rushes in, shouting his name. She appears worried. “Next time, a little context when you text me to meet at a strange address. What are we doing here?” “Exploring. A three-bedroom, two bath Craftsman – or so I’ve managed to decipher from this posting.” He pulls out the real estate section of the newspaper with homes circled. “You bring me house hunting?!”

The realtor comes in and introduces herself as Keeley. She invites them to look around, pointing out some of the decor. “Now, I know the bedrooms are a little bit cozy -” Abbie quietly explains that “cozy” is code for too small to live in – “and the back yard’s a bit… rustic.” Abbie again quietly explains that “rustic” means “you’ll need a landscaper.” Abbie asks the realtor, “how are the bathrooms?” The realtor smiles and says “They’re in their… original condition,” and Crane mutters “older than me.”

The realtor excuses herself and leaves the room. Abbie tells Crane that he’s figured out the real code, and he calls her attention to the fruit basket on the table. He picks up a banana and squeezes it. It squeaks like a dog’s squeaky toy. He comments, “one cannot even buy a home without being bombarded with modern-day hucksterism.” “We call it marketing.” Abbie notes that people even get degrees for it, and starts to explain that people generally get a better impression of something with marketing, just as the realtor comes back in with a basket of freshly baked mini-muffins. Ichabod helps himself to three of them with a grin.

As they leave the house, Abbie says that if he’s seriously thinking of buying a home, there are other issues to consider – credit rating, bank loans – “and an income,” adds Crane. He appreciates that Abbie has been generous in letting him use Sheriff Corbin’s cabin, but sooner or later he will need a place of his own – “preferably with granite countertops.”

When they get to Abbie’s car, she hands him a file folder and tells him about the auction house robbery. “Preliminary reports suggest that the blood boiled inside their bodies.” Abbie says that the security cam didn’t pick up a clear image of the killer, but Crane finds the picture of the journal in the file. He recognizes it as “The Grande Grimoire – a book of forbidden black magic.” Abbie asks about John Dee – “so Dee was on the dark side of the magical train tracks?” Crane explains that Dee was a scholar who wanted to understand the power of the dark forces, and keep it hidden away. Crane admits that magic is not his strong suit, and Abbie comments that there is another specialist in this department.

Katrina is playing with a flower, using magic to change its color and pull its petals off and put them back on again. Abbie and Crane approach her, and she comments that her magic has been getting stronger. “Two hundred years in purgatory haven’t completely sapped my skills…” She hands the flower to Crane, then levitates a small rock and sends it smashing against a tree. Abbie smiles. “That’s handy!” Katrina smiles back. Abbie shows Katrina the file and asks for her input. She also recognizes the Grand Grimoire. She and Ichabod exchange a few quiet words about their son.

Henry is in a motel room, watching TV, flipping channels. There is a knock on the door. “Yes?” “A woman with a cane opens the door, apologizing for taking so long to get back to him. “You said you had a problem?” Henry tells her that the hot water is out. She goes to the sink to check, and the water won’t turn on. She tells him that she will get someone to work on it right away. She offers to have a cleaning lady come in, but Henry refuses. She remarks that it isn’t often she gets long term guests, let alone guests who pay in cash up front. Still flipping channels on TV, Henry tells her that all he requires is his privacy. He stops flipping channels on a news story about the murders at the auction house.

The lady comments that it’s weird. “Ever see anything like it?” “Yes, I have,” responds Henry. “And if I could forget all about it, I would.” The lady empathizes with him. “Well, we all have things we’re trying to get past. We’re only human, right?” She leaves Henry to himself with a friendly smile.

Abbie meets Crane in the archives with the forensics report. The lab confirmed that there was blood at the scene that didn’t belong to either of the two victims. There was no match for the identity of the person the blood came from, but the blood contained a compound that is commonly known as “Jimson weed,” says Ichabod. “Witches call it moon flower.” He finds a drawing of it in one of the books on the table in front of him, and shows Abbie. “Practitioners ingest it before performing dangerous spells,” he explains. “It augments their power.”

Abbie nods, understanding. “It’s like doping in the magic world.” Crane doesn’t understand the comparison. Abbie explains. “Steroids. Substances that athletes use to make their bodies strong.” “Well, this sorcerer uses blood magic,” Crane says as he finds some illustrations to show Abbie. He explains that witches draw their magic from different sources. “Katrina draws hers from nature, others from fire… from the moon and the stars.. ” He goes on to describe blood magic as being one of the dark arts – destructive magic that taps into base evil. Meanwhile, the auction house robber is home with the stolen book and working another spell.

Back at the archive, Abbie gets a notification on her laptop. They look at the auction house security cam footage. Ichabod says that he thought Abbie said the footage proved inconclusive. She says that some kind of electrical surge wiped out most of it, but a few frames survived. She called in a favor from a friend at Quantico. “They’re experimenting with a new image enhancement algorithm.” She explains that the technique involves isolating pixels of reflective surfaces in the environment. “Does that make sense?” she asks Crane. “Yes… entirely… Well, maybe – save one detail.” He looks at her. “Pixels?” He nods. She points to the pixelated areas of the screen, showing him.

Katrina comes in with a book. Ichabod asks if she has made any progress. “Not yet,” she says as Abbie finds something in the footage. “Ah! Magic,” she says as she turns the laptop so they can watch. The image begins to clean up as pixels become more clear. Katrina recognizes the face in the image. “His name is Solomon Kent. He’s the warlock all witches fear… Moloch’s death must have freed him from purgatory…”

Kent is still casting his spell. He uses his dagger to cut himself on the chest, and wipes the blood from his hands across the pages of the Grimoire. As he chants his incantation, he draws magic out of the book. Katrina continues, “wherever Solomon Kent goes… terror and death are sure to follow.”

Abbie looks up Solomon Kent In a reference book. Annie reads a bit put loud about his birth date, and that he was a leader of the Massachusetts colony. “Salem,” says Katrina. “Salem? As in the Salem witch trials?” asks Abbie. Katrina says that he was first a minister of the church, and then one of the town leaders of Salem. He was well-loved by all.

Katrina explains that Kent’s family came to Massachusetts during the great Puritan migration. “Times were hard. The town was very close-knit. Everyone pulled together, no matter their background.”
(Flashback: Reverend Kent is talking with the community members outside the church. A woman approaches him, and asks if he will be at the prayer group. “Prayer group? Ahh.. yes, this drought must end. Until then, Mrs. van Tassle…” )

Abbie is thoughtful. “Van Tassle… The year is 1692. So this woman is your grandmother?” Katrina nods. “Helena van Tassle. She was one of the first of the Dutch to come to the new world. She settled in Salem because it was the home to a very strong coven – one led by Kent. My mother was only a young girl at the time, but she never forgot what happened in Salem, and she made sure I would never forget either.

Ichabod adds that Puritans believed magic was all around them. Katrina goes on to say that even though Kent’s coven sought to do good with it, they still had to hide their identity. Ichabod makes the point that people distrust that which they cannot understand. Abbie asks what happened.
“Kent lost his way. He became infatuated with a young woman named Sarah Osbourne.”

(Flashback: A young woman preparing food for a meal in a communal outdoor area. Her knife slips and she cuts her hand badly. Kent goes to her, saying something about workers being only as good as their tools, and that the blade is too dull for work or safety. He takes her hand, and puts a cloth over the wound. He heals her hand with magic. He tells her “it’s not so bad,” and smiles. She smiles back, saying she thought it was much worse, and thanks him. Kent leaves her, and she sees another man approaching. This is the man she loves.)

Katrina goes on with the story. “Kent thought his feelings were reciprocated. My grandmother knew this would end in heartbreak. But she did not know it would end in tragedy.”
(Flashback: Inside the church, Kent is sitting on a pew. Sarah Osbourne enters. “Reverend – you sent for me?” He gets up, and walks to her. “A worker is only as good as their tools.” He presents her with a knife, newly sharpened. She thanks him. He leans in to kiss her, but she withdraws. He tells her not to be frightened, he knows what’s in her heart – “the same as what’s in mine,” he says as he touches her face and tries to kiss her again. She resists him, and scratches his face. The knife has somehow ended up between them, and Sara is killed.)

Katrina continues her narrative. “This was a terrible accident, but Kent knew how it would look. In his fear and panic, Kent chose a desperate way out…”

(Kent chants an incantation in a foreign language as he uses the knife to cut his hand. He lets his blood fall on Sarah’s face. “Darkness and shadow, use this vessel to show the face of evil!” Some of the townfolk enter the church after hearing Sara’s screams. They are aghast at what they see. Kent makes a speech about fighting back the devil, and how they are beset by his servants. Sarah’s face has transformed into that of a demon. Kent loudly declares, “There are witches among us!” )
Katrina continues. “My grandmother tried to appeal to the good in Kent… to the man she thought she knew.”

(Helena van Tassle approaches Reverend Kent. “Helena.. It was an accident…” “Your lie has spread like the plague!” He fears that the townfolk will have his head. Helena entreats him to throw himself at their mercy, to trust in their kindness. “Do not force me to make this decision for you,” she warns.)
Katrina says, “Kent was too fearful for trust. So he turned on Helena… and was forever turned himself.”

(Using magic, Kent suspends Helena in mid-air. The townfolk come running. Helena is in the air, her face running with blood. Kent proclaims her a witch in front of the townfolk. Raising his bible, he tells the crowd “Let this enemy have no power over us!” Helena falls to the ground. Kent commands that she be seized. “Do not allow her to speak! This is but the beginning of a war!”)
As the flashback continues, Katrina provides more narrative. “Sentences were swift, and cruel.” Helena was gagged, and a hood pulled over her head. She and two other women were hanged for witchcraft. “The rest of Helena’s family, including my mother, fled from Salem that night –  never to return.”

Abbie makes the statement that Solomon Kent was responsible for the Salem trials. Katrina points out that it was a time of paranoia and mass persecution. “It still haunts us,” Abbie remarks. :Every kid in America reads “The Crucible,” a play about Salem. It’s really about the mass hysteria over communism in the 1950’s.” Crane recites a quote – “‘Let us not be driven by fear into an age of unreason. Remember, we are not descended from fearful men.'” “Jefferson?” asks Abbie. “Edward R. Murrow. He was a journalist in the 1950’s who spoke out against these modern ‘witch trials.'” “You’ve been catching up on your country’s history?” asks Abbie.

Abbie says they need a plan to locate the Grimoire. Katrina suggest that if she could access the Grimoire’s last location, she may be able to track it’s mystical signature. Crane asks how Kent managed to survive the witch trials unscathed. Katrina says he survived, but not unscathed.
“The dark forces he cultivated allowed him to fend off retribution for a while, but eventually the coven’s surviving members combined their powers and hunted him down. They exiled him to Purgatory.”

The three of them go to the auction house. Katrina guesses that “entering our world, Kent must have cast a spell that drew the Grimoire to him.” Ichabod asks, “Why?” Katrina finds the broken case that had housed the Grimoire. She puts her hand into it through the broken glass. She gets a flash of Kent casting his spell. Kent turns a page, apparently looking for the rest of the spell, but he can’t find what he needs. He slams the book shut.

Abbie sees the look on Katrina’s face. “I take it you can’t locate  the Grimoire?” “No – but I sensed something else. It’s not whole. John Dee bound the book with a spell, so that no one could access any part of it unless it was whole – to make sure that the magic within it could not spread widely. Whoever handled the book must have split up the pages.”

Abbie asks if it will work without the missing pages. Katrina says no. Crane comments that Kent cannot access his power yet. “We need to find the other half of that book before Kent,” says Abbie.
Abbie is exiting a building, talking on her cell phone. She is asking for shipping dates and schedules for deliveries to the auction house. She says that she wants to be kept informed of any new information. She stops and draws her weapon as she turns around. Captain Irving has been following her. “You’re losing your edge, Mills. Benn tailing you for fifty yards.” “Next time call first.” Irving said that after they left the precinct, he wasn’t sure she would take his calls. He tells her he wasn’t trying to sneak up on her.

He says that he doesn’t blame her for not trusting him, given the circumstances. “I went to Katrina. She has proven that my soul is clean.” He tells her that he wants them to start fresh – no grudges. He says he just wanted her to know, and starts walking back the way he came. Abbie calls him back. “It was 25 years, you were tucked up  behind the buttress. A bear in heat would have made less noise.” He smiles. “Told you I wasn’t sneaking up on you,” he says as he goes on his way.

Henry has returned to his motel room from a run to the store. He notices that there’s a little wooden figure on the table next to the dollhouse that he carved out of wood. As he enters, he calls out. “Hello?” A young man pops his head up from under the sink. “Oh, hey! My name’s Ronnie. My mom sent me,” says the kid as he waves a pipe wrench. The guy stands up, and turns the water on. Henry sits down, apparently exhausted. He picks up the little figure from the table.

Ronnie tells him that he also shares the same hobby. He’s impressed with Henry’s work on the dollhouse. He says that if Henry needs any wood, he has some in his workshop. Henry asks what happened to his mother. “She got clipped by a drink driver. It was a tough time, but… she never complained. ” “She seems like a strong woman,” replies Henry. “She is,” says Ronnie with a smile. “Who needs a dad, right?” Henry smiles. “Indeed. Fathers are never what they’re cracked up to be.” Henry holds out the figure for Ronnie to take. Ronnie smiles and  tells him to keep it – “Plenty more where that came from.”

In the archives, Abbie tells Crane that there’s an auction house delivery that night. Crane states that they need to get there before Kent does. They discuss Abbie’s encounter with Irving. Crane says, “Letting go of the past can be difficult.” The phrase brings a realization to Crane. “Kent has had four hundred years to think on his mistakes. What if he cannot let go of the past?” He reaches for a book, and shows Abbie. “There is a resurrection spell…” They realize that Kent may actually be trying to bring Sarah Osbourne back from the dead.

Abbie says that if the gates of the afterlife are opened, they are very hard to shut. Crane agrees, saying “If these gates are opened, Sara Osbourne’s soul won’t be the only one released. The world of the living will be quickly overwhelmed by the world of the dead.”

They arrive at the auction house warehouse that night. They discuss the situation as they search by flashlight. “So Katrina’s going to do her mystical radar thing?” asks Abbie. “Yes. If Kent or the Grimoire are near, her spidey – senses shall inform us.” “Hmmm… someone’s been catching up on some reading!” Abbie draws comparisons between Crane and Kent. “You’re both men out of time, unwilling to give up on the women you love…” Crane resents being compared to a murderous warlock.

The conversation turns existential. They talk about the possible paths their lives could have taken, and how Kent ended up where he is at. They find Kent searching the warehouse. They attempt to take him out, but get pushed through crates with a magical shove. Katrina shows up and uses her magic to attack Kent. “You are witch breed!”

They look at each other. Kent senses something. “Helena!” “No! But her blood runs through my veins. that is why I will stop you!” They go back and forth for a bit. “The darkness has turned you mad!” she exclaims. “It has given me powers that you couldn’t possibly fathom… or could you? Do I sense seeds of darkness within? Have you ever wondered why your powers betray you when you need them the most? You are walking the wrong path.”

Kent starts chanting a spell as Abbie and Crane position themselves to attack him. As they all watch, Kent cuts his hands and lets his blood run freely to the ground. Out of the pooling blood, two creatures arise. Crane fires a crossbow bolt but misses, sending the creatures into a frenzy. One attacks, and Abbie fires several shots at it, splattering it. They run as Kent sends the remaining demonic golem after them.

Kent finds the missing part of the book, and restores it. Abbie, Katrina and Crane regroup and form a plan – Katrina will stop Kent while Abby and Crane distract the demonic golem. Katrina finds Kent drawing magic out of the book. As he starts to draw more and more power from the book, Katrina pours a powder from a pouch into her hand. She blows on it, and it flies over Kent, disrupting his spell briefly.

Crane confronts the demon golem. “Curb thy stench, unholy minion.” It attacks him. Abbie shoots it, destroying it in a gush of blood. They run to assist Katrina. Kent is reaching through Katrina’s magic to draw more power from the book as Katrina is summoning her own power. Kent uses the book and its magic to block Katrina’s spell and the backlash knocks her off her feet. “You are a formidable witch. But you resist your full potential. Give in to the darkness. There, you will find your true self.”
So she does. But only for a moment, and she is in awe of – and tempted by – the power she finds. Kent looks at her. “There… now, you see.” He turns and walks out of the warehouse. Abbie and Crane find her. Abbie says, “Kat – he has the Grimoire.” “Yes… and it’s completed. Now that he has the book, I am no match for his magic… I cannot defeat him.”

Back at the cabin now, they try to figure out where Kent would go. Crane asks if there’s anything else that Kent needs to finish the resurrection spell. “Literature unclear,’ responds Abbie. Abbie asks if Katrina can still sense the Grimoire. Katrina appears distracted, or hiding something. Crane calls her name. She looks at them. “No. The battle has taken its toll. It may be some time before I can recover.” Abbie leaves to go see what she can find from other sources.

Crane approaches Katrina. “You seem shaken.” She turns to face him. “Magic is no ordinary weapon.” She tells her husband that there are dimensions to her magic that she has not explored. “I will find Kent, says Crane. “And when I do, there is no magic in the world that can protect him.”
Abbie meets up with Irving at a bar. They chat for a moment, then Abbie asks “Do you remember what it was like when you came back?” He says he doesn’t remember, and asks her why she wants to know. “We may be dealing with an undead problem.” He says if it’s mystical portals she’s looking for, Katrina is who she should be looking for. Abbie tells Irving that Katrina is out of commission for a while.

“So you’re a man down, morale is low, and you’re outgunned. Want my advice? Keep fighting!Never stop…” He gives her a pep talk. Abbie says the afterlife suits him. :You’re more…” “Jacked up?” says Irving with a laugh. “I was gonna say alive, but we can go with your version…”

Henry is in his second-floor motel room. He hears an altercation happening outside, and he hears Ronnie’s voice. Henry steps out onto the balcony to see what’s going on. Ronnie is being hassled by three other guys. One of them shoves him into the parking lot. His mother comes up, and tells the guy she wants them out now or she’ll call the cops. The guy tells her they’ll be out in a day or two. “Comprendo?” he says, menacingly. Ronnie and his mom walk away. The guy notices Henry watching them. “Hey! Enjoy the show? Wye don’t you come down for a better view!” Henry goes back into his room.

Back at t he cabin, Crane is sitting on the sofa. Abbie walks in, and asks how Katrina is doing. They discuss how to defeat Kent without Katrina’s magic. Abbie reminds him that “before Katrina was here, we took down all kinds of supernatural threats – without magic.” Abbie tells him that she’s scanned all the 911 calls in the past few hours. “There are no reports of zombies walking the streets. Either he hasn’t cast the resurrection spell yet, or we’re wrong about what he’s doing.”

Crane remembers something. “When Katrina faced off against Kent, he uttered a most interesting phrase.” He says, “it translates as ‘I am the traveler.'” Abbie recognizes the significance. She brings out a book from her bag. Crane recognizes it as Grace’s journal. “Grace catalogued all magic known to her world, ” says Abbie as she flips pages, finally finding what she wanted.

She says that Grace wrote about a traveler spell – an ancient, powerful spell that allows the user to jump into the past. Crane realizes that Kent is not trying to resurrect Sarah, he is trying to go back to her. Abbie draws the same conclusion. “If Kent goes into the past and changes history, it could alter our lives… our families, everything we know… would be changed forever.”

As Crane and Abbie gear up to meet Kent, they discuss the circumstances that he needs to draw all his magical strength. Crane notes that Katrina said her powers were heightened when a specific set of circumstances were in play. He tells Abbie, “as useful as your weapons may be, they are still no match for Kent’s magic.”

“Then we’ll have to make our own magic,” says Irving from the doorway. Crane looks at Abbie questioningly. She says she asked him to come. “With Jenny off chasing whatever mystical artifact she’s after, we’re short-handed.”

Crane tells Irving about Kent’s magic – “Which he enhances through the use of Jimson weed.” Irving asks, “some kind of magical steroids?” “That’s what I said,” quips Abbie. She asks Irving if he still has friends in the forensics lab, because they may need the help pf some chemists. Crane notes that Katrina draws her magic from nature – water, fire, lightning. Abbie starts making a list – “a generator, some fire hoses… ” She tells them it’ll take some time to get it together so while they figure that out, she’s going to get ready to face Kent. Crane objects, and says he will go after Kent. “You asked me before about my commitment to the cause -” Abbie tells him that he doesn’t need to prove anything to her. He says he will prove it to Kent.

In the woods, Kent is starting to cast the traveler’s spell. He conjures a portal, through which he can see the Salem of his own time – and Sarah Osbourne, smiling. A flash grenade goes off at his feet, disrupting the spell. Crane stands before him. “You do not belong here!” As Kent raises a hand, Crane shoots a bolt from his crossbow, and dodges out of the way of Kent’s lightning. Kent looks around for Crane. “Tricks! Tricks will not protect you. I’ve defeated your spellcaster. She understands my power!” “Power that can be turned against you!” Crane answers. As Kent gathers his magic, Irving fires off a dart. It hits Kent in the neck just as he conjures a lightning ball.

Crane steps into view. “Atropine. Found in Jimson weed, which you use to boost your powers.” Kent starts to get double vision. “In high doses, it causes hallucinations and seizures – something we know through modern chemistry.” As Kent absently steps into a puddle of water, Crane points out that his magic is vulnerable to elemental energy, such as lightning. “In the 21st century, we make our own lightning.”

Abby fires up the generator, and the electric current flows through the cables hidden beneath the leaves, into  the puddle. Kent gets a huge jolt and falls to the ground. Crane proceeds to beat the hell out of Kent. “The spellcaster of whom you speak -” (kick to the gut) Her name is Katrina van Tassle!'(punch to the face) You brought harm to her family! (another punch to the face) You brought harm to her – (another punch to the head) and to me! (triple punch to the face)”

Abbie interrupts, calling for Crane to stand down. She has to pull Crane away from an unconscious, bloodied Kent. She yells for Irving, but he doesn’t answer right away. They go looking for him. Irving has circled back through the woods, behind Abbie and Crane – back to where Kent is laying. Irving picks up the book, and breaks Kent’s neck. The warlock turns to dust and blows away.

Irving puts his coat on as Abbie calls for him in the distance. Hiding the book in the waistband of his jeans, behind his back under the coat, he calls to Abbie. She and Crane find him, and he tells then that Kent’s gone. “Disintegrated.” Crane asks about the Grimoire. “No trace,” Irving replies, lying. They trust him. “This was a good win, says Irving, grinning.” Abby looks at the two men. “Damn right it was, she says as they walk away through the woods.

Back at the cabin, Abbie suggests Crane put some ice on his hand. “Oh, I’ll be fine,” he says. She shots him a look. “Oh, very well, he says as he opens the fridge and pulls out a bag of frozen peas from the freezer. Abbie tells him that she’s impressed with his skills. “Remind me never to lay a hand on Katrina,” she says. “It was about more than protecting my wife. Something in Kent’s story struck a nerve. That a person could so easily betray those who trust and rely on him most… and after you said I reminded you of him… It made me realize we are, all of us, walking a razor’s edge between darkness and light.”

Abbie says that they’ve earned a couple of beers. She invites him to bring Katrina. He seems to perk up at the word “beer,” and says that Katrina is resting and asked not to be disturbed. He stuffs the bag of peas back in the freezer. “The… epithets I hurled at Kent during battle – that was good… good trash talk.” “Not bad,” Abbie says with a shrug. “For some real practice, we’re gonna have to take you to a hockey game.” “Hockey?” he asks as they leave.

Katrina comes out of the bedroom after they leave. She summons her own magic to levitate a flower. Then she draws from a deeper, darker well and the flower explodes. She gets a rush, and her nose starts to bleed.

At the motel where Henry is staying, the guys who caused trouble for Ronnie are sitting out in front of their room on the first level of the motel. Henry approaches them with a cheery “Good morning, gentlemen… I know you’re all very busy destroying your lives, day after wretched day…” They just look at him, and one of them asks what he wants. “I, too have been destroying my life for weeks.. hidden away… not sure who I am, or what I’m to do. You see, I killed my father and since that time, all I could feel was crushing regret. But then, I saw you threatening the woman and her son.”
The guy who had been pushing Ronnie around steps up. “Is that what this is about? No need to get all papa bear about it.” “Oh no – you’ve got it wrong. I will admit that for a moment, I was drawn to what Mary and Ronnie represent – simple lives, simple needs… Humanity… But then you reminded me of something.”

Henry steps closer to the guy. “There is a natural order of things in this world. There will always be sheep, and wolves. And I…. I am a wolf.” The guys start to laugh as Henry raises his open hand. Henry uses his magic to beat them up and knock them out one by one as they try to attack him. Whistling, he goes on his way.

Henry ends up in the woods. Irving steps into the clearing. Henry greets him with an outstretched hand. “Captain Irving! Good to see you,” he says as the men shake hands like old friends. “Didn’t expect to be here again – where it all came to an end,” says Irving. “You’ve been busy, I take it?” asks Henry.

“The Witnesses trust me again. They’re so desperate to believe in people,” Irving says as he hands over the Grimoire to Henry. He asks if Henry is going to use it to fulfill Moloch’s vision. Henry says, “Moloch is dead. And so are his plans. I am no longer the Horseman of War. no longer will I be defined by anyone else. Destiny bends to my will. you were wrong, Captain Irving… When you said this is where it ended. This is where it begins.”

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The Librarians and The Horns of a Season Out of Order

I’m back again with a little bit of a rant and whine, and a happy part about the Horns of the Dilemma episode. Yes, I know, the whole season is done now, but I never got to recap this one and I needed to get this off my chest. It was the only episode of the entire serie that disappointed me. But now that I know why it was so disappointing to me, I’m not so butt-hurt. Bear with me, and let me explain…

After the rollicking two hour premiere, I was hoping for another fun ride. What I got… was something that made me feel like I was towed behind a Tonka truck and dropped off at the PlaySkool Barnyard.

In “The Horns of a Dilemma,” the Librarians are off on what seems to be their first mission as a confirmed group. This time, it’s the legend of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. They are investigating murders that have been unsolved, and find that they all have ties to a big agricultural firm that houses a labyrinth in the basement – minotaur included. Jenkins whammys up a wormhole (this is where they get the “back door”) for them, and this is a good thing. Nothing explodes, though. No papers flying through the air, no books all over the floor… Jenkin’s head stays on his neck and shoulders. I was a little bummed about no big messy whirlwind, but oh well.

Certain things were starting to make sense to me, to a point. My biggest gripe with this episode was with the writing. The dialogue and cast’s performances seemed so… retro. Like, they were actually kids who got yanked from 1985 and stuffed into grown-up bodies in 2014. In my recap of the premiere episodes, I previously said that the roles were pretty perfectly cast. I still stand by that, more so now that we understand what happened with the episodic sequence of the series. For those who don’t know or haven’t read that bit of news yet, I’ll explain in a bit – but for now, hear me out if you would…

In my first recaps of the pilot episodes, I said that I thought Rebecca Romijn as Eve Baird didn’t seem to fit the group – that she was like the mom trying to be cool. Well, in this episode she’s the only one who does fit. But now I see that it’s because she’s supposed to be the mom type character – it appears to be written that way. The way she talks to them, one minute as if they are her kids then the next as if they are soldiers. Cassandra reminded her that they are not soldiers.

The other characters appear to be written younger than they were cast. Lindy Booth and Christian Kane seem to be reading dialogue for characters that are at least 15 years younger than the actors are. That may not be a big deal in Hollywood in general with regard to filming, but for this I think it is. Even John Larroquette’s dialog sounded like it was written for a millenial, although his delivery is natural and it only made me twitch for a minute.

As much as I love Christian Kane for the part of Jake Stone, in this episode the character seems to be written like a youngish late teens, maybe early 20’s type roughneck kid, Christian Kane is a bit more mature than that dialogue was. His performance is great, but his delivery seemed more “older dude” than it was written. I think if the writers could have written it a little more “grown up” in this episode, then I think it might have played better. (I hope that the Kane Nation and all the Kaniacs can forgive me for my very humble opinion!)

The character of Cassandra also seemed to be written as young adult-ish. Lindy Booth gave a great performance as well – but her delivery of the dialogue was too college-age for what seemed to be high school age dialogue. She has moments when her character delivers some appropriate adult sounding dialogue with big words and a “grown-up” tone of voice, which brings things back into focus for a second. Then it’s gone. She goes back to delivering lines that could have been written on a high school campus in the mid-80’s. Her wardrobe definitely looked like something you would see on a high-school campus. Again – if the part were written older, it would have played perfectly for Lindy Booth. Or if it were say… Emily Osment that was cast for the episode, it could have worked.

At 20 years old, John Kim was probably the most age-appropriate to the dialogue. But strangely enough, even his delivery of the dialogue seems a bit “old guy talking.” He speaks really fast, so some of his lines get lost in his accent – which is beautiful, I just wish he’d slow the hell down and enunciate so I could understand it better! My DVR remote and thumbs thanks him for the workout, by the way – it asks you to meet up with my thumbs at the game console next time.

I think that one of the hardest things for me to get past was the speech mannerisms – that jerky, spastic, incomplete sentence thing. There was a lot of wincing and unfinished statements (“I can’t… I just… You don’t… It’s not… lets not even.. ok?”) that sound like some of the conversations I had with people when I was in high school – back in the day… the teenage angsty ’80s. Right before grunge and Anne Rice vampires kicked in. So while I watched this, I kept thinking “Wow, I feel old. I remember saying that myself in high school…” I kept wanting to reach down their throats and pull up the rest of their words!

Adult actors playing teen/young adult roles, with adult delivery of teen-type dialogue and wearing clothing and hairstyles that are way too young for them just didn’t work all that well here, and the seemingly inconsistent character development had started to annoy me a little bit. With the premiere episodes, I saw the potential for a really awesome series – one that we could have watched the actors grow up with in their character roles over time. With “Horns,” that potential seemed to be wasted.

With the scripting of generational dialogue and wardrobe that dated the cast, I had started to worry that this might not last more than a season. I had been so excited when I first heard that they were doing this series! I started thinking that maybe I got ahead of myself with that. Yet, I still had I had hope that the powers-that-be behind the show would give us their best and do something with all that potential.

I’m really glad I stuck around for the whole season, because this series absolutely delivered. When I read some of the interviews from Dean Devlin and some of the tweets from the Kane Nation and the Kaniacs, I found a bit of news that made things a lot clearer to me. Here comes the happy part…

As I understand it, the network (TNT) decided to air the episodes out of order. (Why do networks always bloody do this? -Ed) So with that in mind, all of the above makes sense to me now! This episode was meant for a different point in the character development! The writing team and producers do such a fantastic job with a establishing a linear timeline for the characters’ development that airing the episodes out of order kind of did the series – and the team who work so hard to bring us our Librarians – a disservice. I am absolutely thrilled to find that it wasn’t just a weird thing with the writers, and knowing that the episode was indeed intended to occur at a different point in the character development actually makes my butt-hurt go away.

Sorry that was such a long way to go for the happy, but it was burning in my brain pan. Now – if TNT will just give us back our Librarians for at least another season, and air it in the order it was meant to be aired, I’m sure that all will be right in this world – and any other worlds that we may find outside the “back door.”

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Second hour of the season finale – The Librarians and the Loom of Fate

The season finale’s last hour episode was a wonderfully exhausting ride. I spent the whole hour yelling at the T.V. as I watched it – “Whu-WHAAAAT?!?!” “Oh holy hell!” “Are you freakin’ KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?!” I also shouted many obscenities followed by various deities’ names. I laughed, I got angry, I cried and I melted. I wanted to slap some characters, and I wanted to hug others. I wanted to be right in the middle of the fights with them. I wanted to die for them. But most of all – I came out of this with an insanely intense desire.
I really, REALLY want to be a Librarian. Specifically, I want to BE Jacob Stone, Cassandra Cillian and Ezekiel Jones all rolled into one. I want a friend and a mom and a sister like Eve Baird and Lamia. i want an uncle, dad and brother like Jenkins and Flynn. I wish my grandparents were Charlene and Judson. And I want someone like DuLaque in my life to make sure things stay interesting.
 I wish that all those characters were real people in my life. I got so attached to each and every one of them – so much so that I got incredibly depressed when the credits rolled and I realized that there is a chance that the series may not get renewed for another season. I desperately hope that’s not the case. This season overall has been a wonderfully wild ride – and it made me FEEL stuff. I haven’t been touched so deeply by stories and characters in a very long time.
Personal note from a fangurl: Props and thanks to the whole team of producers, directors and writers, and to the whole cast of this wonderfully crazy, creative and imaginative show!
And now – the last of the recaps for the season…

The Librarians and the Loom of Fate – with guest star Jerry O’Connell!
We open on an extreme close-up of Eve’s face. Picture her eye looking into the dollhouse in the Heart of Darkness episode. Remember how big it looked? This close-up makes her whole face look even bigger than that. She slowly opens her eyes and raises her hand. There is blood on her fingers. A slow smile spreads across her face, and her consciousness starts to fade.
Jake is yelling her name. She opens her eyes again, and finds herself and the Librarians in the middle of a battle in an Egyptian tomb. She and Jake are fighting off masked Egyptian mummy soldiers while Cassie and Zeke are trying to work out the combination to a portal. Jake and Eve are yelling back and forth. “Are you sure he said -” “Yeah, he said he’d appear – he did not mention the MUMMIES!”
Zeke and Cassie get the portal worked out. Flynn appears. “Remove the medallions, and the mummies fall!” The mummies turn to dust. “You didn’t mention the mummies OR the medallions,” says Eve, annoyed. Flynn looks to the Librarians. “Stone? Cassandra? Ezekiel? Did I not mention the mummies nor the medallions in my memo to meet me at the Monolith of Mut?” Eve answers instead. “Nope. Next time – mummy memo. Hello, Librarian.” “Hello, Guardian.” “You came back alive!” They’re obviously happy to see each other.
Zeke interrupts with a question. “Not that I don’t enjoy a classic bit of tomb robbing, but why are we here?” Flynn says he believes that the sarcophagus they were defending holds the key to bringing back the Library. At the Annex, Eve and Flynn enter the main room. Flynn is spouting off some theory about the sarcophagus – “that’s not new, of course -” “Of course,” snarks Eve. “That’s not sarcasm, is it?” Noooo…” “That was sarcasm.” “Not if the first one wasn’t.”
Jenkins is examining the hieroglyphs on the sarcophagus. Flynn thanks Eve for not changing anything. She says that she would love to, but the Annex keeps resetting it to HIS preferences – “like I don’t even exist.” Flynn picks up a book from the desk and starts flipping through it. “References to the pyramids as passageways to the afterlife!”
The kids come in with armloads of scrolls. Jake asks Flynn if he thinks there’s an actual doorway to the heavens in the pyramids. “I think we would have found that by now.” Jenkins explains that it’s not a literal doorway, but “a doorway like ours. An inter-dimensional doorway.” Cassie says that it makes sense, since the pyramids were designed along strict mathematical lines. She starts analyzing, and she gets overwhelmed by what she sees. Jake catches her as she falls backwards.
“I saw it all… I saw it all the way down…” She cringes in pain, saying that she can’t do this math. “The inter-dimensional space is too big – even bigger than the labyrinth was!” Her nose starts to bleed, so Zeke hands her a tissue as he looks concerned. “Oh… that hasn’t happened in a while… Must be the brain grape.”
Jenkins is looking over the hieroglyphics. “This series of coordinates… they’re energy equations. This leads… This leads to the Void! The space between dimensions!” T”he exact space that the Library now floats in, cut off from the real world…” Flynn goes on to say that if they can open that door, he can anchor the Library back to the Annex.
Jenkins says that they lack “the power generated by millions of tons of finely balanced magical stones placed directly under intersecting ley lines. This process couldn’t possibly work without a pyramid to power it.” “Unless I could possibly find some sort of reality altering guide linked to a dimensional shifting device, along with – so we don’t melt Cassandra’s brain doing math equations – some kind of software that interfaces with magic. D’ya  have anything like that laying around?” Flynn asks.
“Uh… actually, here’s somethin’ funny…” says Jake. They show Flynn the app from the STEM fair. “A reality altering storyboard with software – Morgan Le Fay? Really?” Eve turns to Jenkins. “We never really did have that conversation.” Jenkins dodges the issue. “And from the brilliant mind of Nikola Tesla, a dimensional stabilizer.” Flynn tosses a ball of twine between his hands. “And the ball of twine from the labyrinth of the Minotaur. The clipping book sent you all to get these things… almost as if it was Fate.”
Jenkins says that he doesn’t think they will need the thread for this to work – they have power, focus and effect. “Librarian! Coordinates, please…” Flynn begins reading out loud form one of the Egyptian hieroglyphic scrolls. Nothing happens. Cassie points out that it’s a storybook. “You can’t just feed it numbers.” Flynn gets it, and looks at Eve. “Be my guest.” She turns to the book and starts creating a story. “Once upon a time…” Flynn bumps up against her, jostling her. Words appear in the book as Eve speaks. “… there was a very annoying -” “dashing,” interrupts Flynn. Eve continues. “… Librarian who went to open a door to…” “His home,” finishes Flynn.
The light bulb on the table next to the book starts glowing, getting increasingly brighter. Zeke says, “it’s getting some real power here.” The power flows through their circuit, and Eve continues with the story. “The Librarian and his friends use the door to open a path to a place they had lost.” As they watch the progress of the energy, Flynn tells Jenkins that his notes were spot-on. “Notes?” asks Jenkins. “The notes! That you sent me!” Jenkins says he didn’t send any notes. Flynn looks confused.
Smoke starts to come out of the sarcophagus and everyone goes into coughing fits. DuLaque enters, followed by the ever-faithful Lamia. He adds to the story. “But then a hero arrives to set the world right – thanks to the hard work those Librarians did for him.” He opens the back door, and turns to face Flynn. “I didn’t want to use this option. It doesn’t just change the world – it ends it.” Flynn tells him that he will never get the library.
“I’m not thinking that small. A bit more power to lock in the destination. I need blood sacrifice.” Lamia nods her understanding, and bends over to pull Flynn’s head up by his hair. DuLaque stabs her. She is shocked. “I loved you,” she gasps in disbelief as she falls into Flynn’s arms. DuLaque continues his story. “And so, with blood, the passage was opened to the Loom of Fate.” He escapes through the open portal, and Eve goes through after him. Flynn follows, leaving the three young Librarians with Lamia.
They come through the portal to a river with a bridge over it. DuLaque is standing at a loom. Flynn is in the river. A realization dawns on him. “The River of Time and the Loom of -” DuLaque has the tip of a sword up to the cloth in the loom. “Here… it wall went wrong here, when Camelot fell.” Flynn yells to Eve. “Don’t let him cut the fabric!” DuLaque slashes through the fabric, and it rips with a flash of light. He loses his grip on the sword for a moment as the ground shakes and the air shimmers. The fabric begins to pull apart. Catching the sword, DuLaque says “if it’s real, it’s there… and I am.”
Eve stumbles on the bridge, and is transported to a forest mid-fall. She catches herself on a stone, and accidentally clotheslines Flynn as he comes running up behind her. She asks Flynn where they are, and “what happened to your clothes?” He was wearing a white suit. Now he’s wearing black slacks, a plaid shirt and a brown leather bomber jacket.
A soldier comes up the trail with a rifle pointed at them. He orders them to put their hands on their heads, and to turn around. Eve asks Flynn who that guy is, and he responds by asking her who she is. The gunman marches them to a camp, where he interrogates them. When he asks Flynn if he’s in charge, Flynn says he’s in charge of “the dig.” He starts babbling about how he’s not really in charge, he’s sort of a “supervisor-slash-professor” and has all these degrees and stuff. The soldier points his gun at Flynn, and Flynn shuts up. The soldier tells them that the area is closed to all foreigners while the border dispute is resolved. He wants their papers, so they hand over their identification – Eve gives him her US Government ID.
The gunman goes off to check out their papers, and comes back yelling about spies. He pulls Eve up. “You come with me!” Flynn nervously yells for him to let her go. He gets up, starts following them, and gets gut-punched by another soldier. Eve uses the distraction to break free from the gunman holding her, but he puts his gun sights on her and motions her over to Flynn. As she is trying to tell him who he really is, another soldier goes flying into a wooden crate.
A guy with a cloth wrapped around his head comes out and starts taking out the soldiers one at a time. He walks over to Eve and Flynn, and Flynn asks “who are you?!” The guy takes the wrap off his head, and introduces himself as The Librarian. “Librarian? Barbarian…” says Flynn. Jake recognizes Eve and kisses her soundly. Eve backs away in surprise. “Nope! Nope… nope… noooope nope…” She walks off, continuing her nope-ing. Flynn shakes his hand. “That was awesome, by the way.” Jake doesn’t recognize Flynn.
They go and pick up Flynn’s research team, and Jake starts to lecture Flynn. “Why would you still have researchers here? War zones are very dangerous – ” Flynn starts explaining about the stones and ley lines. Jake tells him to back up and explain more – “Wait, go back to that. Mystical stones under ley lines – that’s what I’m looking for… Show me.” Flynn says there’s no such thing as magic. “Show you? Uh… that sounds… uh.. what would the expression be? Very dangerous! No. I will point the direction, and I will take this truck. Nice to meet you both – ” Eve grabs him by the necktie and hauls him along as Jake grins. “You’re not going anywhere.” Flynn babbles in protests, and Eve shushes him. “Not now,” she growls in frustration.
She points at the guy and asks, “You’re… The Librarian?” “Yeah. Going on ten years, now. How are you here?!” She tells him she’s a Guardian. “Eve – you’re dead! I watched you die!” Flynn is still babbling, and Eve is visibly upset. “Is this gonna be a thing? ‘Cause if so, I’m just gonna nip it in the bud right now!” Flynn says he can help. He asks Eve who he thinks the guy is. “Jacob Stone, recent librarian?” she responds as if to say “um, duh!” Jake corrects her. “No, I’m The Librarian for over ten years, ok? The other guy died – well, he faked his death, but I took the job -” “At the Metropolitan Library?” asks Eve. (edit by me: This is a reference back to the first movie, “The Search for the Spear of Destiny.”)
Flynn babbles something about being offered a job there once but he never showed up. Then it hits Eve. She explains to Jake that in her reality, Flynn is The Librarian and she is his Guardian. An emotional shadow crosses Jake’s face for a moment as he says, “you were my Guardian – ten years ago, right after your military intelligence training.” Gunshots send bullets in their direction. They duck, and Jake urges Flynn to get them to the stones.
When they get there, Eve asks Jake how she died. Jake tries to evade the question. “These stones – I’ve seen them before! In South America… In Egypt – ” Eve cuts him off and asks again. He tells her that she stopped DuLaque from stealing The Library. “Charlene and Judson threw The Library into another dimension, and you were stabbed. You bled out in my arms.” She tells him that’s her version too, except the part where she dies. “Excalibur? Buckingham palace…?” Jake says he may have been too late, but he stopped them. Eve is incredulous. “Too late?! There’s magic in the world!” Flynn says, “there’s no such thing as magic.” Jake angrily explains that without the Serpent Brotherhood’s control, it’s wild magic and the best he can do is to hunt down the magic items and keep them out of the wrong hands. (A reference to the “Sword in the Stone” episode – part two of the pilot, in which the Brotherhood gains control of both the crown and Excalibur, thus control of the magic.)
Flynn notices that the trees are wrong – they don’t belong there. The pine trees are not found in that part of the world. Jake says he wouldn’t have spotted that – unmarked in history…  “But you being here – spotting that… it’s like – ” “Fate,” finishes Eve, warily. She points out where she came in, and Flynn tells them that the pine trees form a pattern around the stones and have “ancient metal spikes” in them. Jake figures out that the stones are a teleportation device, and that the spikes create the resonance needed to activate it.
Gunfire hits the trees, and Eve and Flynn move to stand in the center of the stone formation. Jake starts whacking on the spikes, creating the resonance field. He figures that Eve and Flynn came from another timeline, and for some reason they are getting dragged into the weak spots in reality. Eve urges him to come with them, but he has to stay there to keep the thing powered. “If I get this right, I can send you guys back!” He stops for a moment, and looks at Eve. “In your world, we didn’t have our ten years.” “We just met a few months ago. Still friends, though – despite ourselves, sometimes..” Jake looks dejected for a second. “Then the alternate me’s an ass, ’cause I missed you, Eve.” Jake takes another whack at a spike as soldiers come out of the woods. “Stone, they’ll kill you!” With a wry grin, he says “let ’em try. I’m a Librarian.”
Eve and Flynn pop out of that reality and into a new one inside some kind of tech lab. Flynn is amazed at the fact that they just teleported. He babbles some technical language about it, and a voice from above them responds. “You mean magic, mate?” They look up, and there’s a youngish looking guy with a narrow white streak in his hair looking down over the railing of a deck. Eve gasps. Flynn starts babbling again. “Hi. We’re on an adventure. Or I’ve lost my mind. Or both. Who are you?” With a pissed off look on his face and an angry tone of voice, Ezekiel says “I’m The Librarian.”
Zeke is explaining to them what he thinks is happening to them. “Sideways, actually – I think you’re moving sideways between different time lines, each one with minor differences.” Flynn asks if he’s in a parallel universe. “Is there a me here?” “Theoretically,” replies Zeke. Flynn starts to panic. “If I met myself, would I explode?! Do you have a pen?” He goes over to the whiteboard and starts to analyze.
Eve looks at Zeke. “And me? Please don’t tell me we’re involved.” “What?! No! No no no!” Eve is relieved. “You were like a mother to me,” Zeke says. “Wait-what? That’s mathematically im… probable…” Flynn says, “Um… That’s not true -” Eve shushes him.  “Actually, that’s not helping.” He goes back to his whiteboard.
She turns back to Zeke. “Were? Why past tense?” Zeke gets a little emotional as he explains. “It tore me up. You became my Guardian as a teenager. When you were stabbed, the day DuLaque tried to grab the Library, it was the day you died… Worst day of my life.” They give each other a meaningful look. Breaking the tension, Zeke says, “Not to look a gift-Guardian in the mouth but maybe you can help us with our ghost problem.” Eve says that ghosts aren’t really the Librarian’s job. “Well, they are now. He raises the window blinds, and they look down on a seemingly endless sea of ghost-people. “Welcome to Ghostworld.”
Zeke explains that there was a house that granted wishes. Eve sighs. “The killer from the past.” Zeke nods. “Didn’t put her down quite right. Her last wish opened up a hole in the world and let in all these – ” “Ghosts!” exclaims Flynn, coming over and looking out the window. Zeke explains that they’re actually possessed people. “Most of the world, now – just maintaining life.” Flynn runs out of the room. Zeke remarks, “he’s not taking this very well. Who is he?” “The Librarian,” says Eve with an edge to her voice as she goes after him. “The way my year’s been going, he’s welcome to the job,” says Zeke. “Sod off, Deadites!” (A nod to the “Evil Dead” movies.) Zeke drops the window shade in disgust.
Meanwhile, in another room, Eve catches up to Flynn. He’s having a “No-no-no this is not happening” meltdown. She assures him that it is happening. He asks her why she’s so calm about this, and she tells him that she’s had some experience with the weird lately. Flynn yells at her, “What is a Librarian?” With a sigh, she calmly explains. “They’re the ones who protect us from the magic, and the weird, and the things that go bump in the night.” He asks what a Guardian is, and she tells him “we’re the ones who protect the Librarian.” “And die?” “Apparently.” “And that doesn’t freak you out?! I’m totally freaked out!”
She asks him why he didn’t answer the letter from the Library. “Did somebody interfere?” He says he knows himself – he was comfortable at the university so he didn’t go. “Just a twist on a random thread in the Loom of Fate.” Eve has a flash of herself with the blood on her hand. “Why did you say Loom of Fate?” “Because it’s a Greek myth.” He starts going on about it also being a myth from different parts of the world. “Skip, skip, skip,” she says. He explains that all of their lives, choices and history are all woven together on the Loom of Fate. Eve remembers that DuLaque cut the fabric. “And when he cut the fabric, he cut history!” A loud bang comes from the other room, and Flynn nervously says, “I guess we should go see what that is.”
A man and a woman are hurrying up a flight of stairs, followed by a bunch of the ghost people. One of them reaches out and possesses the guy. The girl runs up the rest of the stairs. “Mr. Jones – they’re here!” Zeke asks for ideas. Flynn says “The Odic force.” Zeke looks confused. Flynn starts giving instructions to Zeke’s tech team. “He’s not making sense,” says Zeke. Eve laughs and says it’s a good thing.
Flynn has a running blab about telepathy and stuff while he hooks up what looks like power cables to a console with meters on it. “Wrote a paper on it once…” “Wouldn’t know about that, mate. Tech and security’s more my thing -” Eve interrupts Zeke. “Right! Not history! You have a blind spot that he can fill.” Zeke tells his team – “Team Jones” – to do whatever Flynn says. Flynn says, “Team Jones – gimme your shoelaces!” Zeke heads downstairs with Eve following behind him.
They try to hold off the ghost people with a whiteboard. Eve asks, “Team Jones?” Zeke explains that he started a business, and branched it out through franchises. “You made a profit off of being a Librarian.” She is clearly disapproving of that. Zeke smiles. “I’ve seen that look before.” “Some things never change.” They are overrun, and bolt back up the stairs. At the top, Flynn has his electronic ectoplasmic dissipator ready. (“Who you gonna call?”) As Eve and Zeke go past him, Flynn hits the first ghost with it.
The current surges through the ghost people, freeing them from their possession. The crowd breaks into cheers. To Flynn, Zeke says “well done, Librarian. You just saved the world with magic.” “I don’t know about that… more of a misunderstood mathematics.” “It’s magic, mate. you’re a Librarian. It’ll grow on you.” Zeke starts instructing his team to set up a containment field as Flynn and Eve start to fade in and out of the reality. Flynn babbles about disrupting local energy fields, and Eve says that they’re hopping time lines. Zeke says, “for what it’s worth, it’s good to see you again, Col. Baird. And thanks for bringing him along too. You two arrived here just in time. Just like it was Fate. ” Eve and Flynn pop out of that reality…
… and into an old factory. The beating of wings is heard, and loud roaring. Flynn astutely remarks, “That’s a dragon.” “No shit,” says Eve. Flynn gets hit with a dart, and he starts to verbalize his analysis of it as he passes out. Eve gets hit with a tazer and goes down. Lamia and two guys are there. “Bring them to the boss,” she tells the men.
Inside, Eve and Flynn are tied, and Flynn is gagged. When they come to, Lamia barks at Eve. “Who are you? You are not Eve Baird – I saw her die.” “Well, I just saw you die so I guess we’re even,” Eve says testily. Lamia is holding out a dagger. “I don’t know what sort of trick this is, but when my liege comes – ” “DuLaque!” Eve kicks Lamia and sends her flying back hard. Standing up, Eve kicks the men standing behind her. Lamia gets up. Eve turns to her. “Pro tip – always tie people to the chair, not just in the chair.” A robed, hooded woman enters. “Enough!” With a wave of a hand, Eve and Lamia are forcefully separated and Lamia is contrite. “My Librarian – apologies!” The woman removes her hood to reveal Cassandra’s face.
She walks over to Flynn and removes the gag. “Aren’t you interesting,” she says. Her voice is Cassandra’s but the tone is that of a mystic being – firm, strong, calm. You’re not from around here – or rather, from around now.” She turns to Eve. “Eve… but not my Eve.” “Please don’t say I’m like your mother.” Cassandra chuckles. “No. nothing like that. Walk with me.” She raises her arm and snaps her fingers, and Lamia follows like a well trained hound.
As they walk, people bow their heads as they pass. Cassandra is uncomfortable with the gesture. “You saved them from the dragons. They owe you that fealty.” Eve is perplexed. “Ok – what is this?” she asks, waving a finger back and forth between Cassandra and Lamia. Lamia says that she is Cassandra’s Guardian – she took over when Eve died. “So I die in every time line,” remarks Eve.
Cassandra realizes that they are skipping through alternate timelines. “Morgan LeFay warned me that something was coming.” They enter another room as Cassandra opens the doors with a wave of magic. There’s an easel with a drawing of the Loom of Fate in the room. Eve recognizes it, and tells them she saw DuLaque cut the threads. Lamia tells Eve, “DuLaque’s dead. I killed him after he killed you. Taking the Library was one thing… But Cassandra… Excalibur healed her. She was the chosen one.”
Eve gets another flash of her bloody hand, and she explains to Cassandra that in her time line, when DuLaque cut the fabric in the Loom he wanted to go back to when Camelot was around. “How would that even work?” Flynn explains that the Loom of Fate just “spits out history,” so if you cut it at a certain point, it would end history. Then history would start again from wherever you cut it. He says, “but I don’t understand – why Camelot?” Then he realizes why. “DuLaque. King Arthur.” Cassandra clarifies. “DuLaque wanted to start history over at Camelot, at the height of his power, and the power of magic. He’s a fool. He cut the thread of Fate but he didn’t re-weave it. Now the fabric of history is frayed.” She goes on to explain that they are skipping from thread to thread, each one another possible path history could have taken.
She magically pulls a book to her, startling Flynn. Eve asks, “What’s with all the magic?” Cassandra tells her that they learned how to use it in order to hunt it. “When my brain tumor grew, I used magic to save my life – but it altered my brain permanently.” With a small smile, she looks at Eve. “You never did approve.”
“This is horrible,” Cassandra continues. “History will continue to unravel until all of time is undone.” Eve asks how to fix this. “We don’t.” Cassandra tells Lamia to gather the others. “We lost, Eve. We had ten good years, and in the end… we just lost.” Cassandra plans to evacuate the world – “Morgan Le Fay taught me how to open doors. I’ll take as many through as I can.”
Flynn tells her she can’t give up – she’s a Librarian. “Stone was a Librarian, Ezekiel was a Librarian-” “I don’t know who you’re talking about.” Flynn tells her that he didn’t see the others give up, and she seems to be holding out longer than the others did. “So why would you give up?” Cassandra looks at Eve. “He’s your Librarian.” Flynn denies it. He quit, but now he knows what he could have had. He wants it now. He wants to save the world -“one last time,” says Eve.
Cassandra asks how he would do it. Flynn starts talking through the concept of re-threading and re-weaving the loom. Cassandra says that it’s magically possible but they will need a very specific thread – “something ancient, and charged with dimensional power. Something tied as closely as possible to the original Greek myth. I don’t suppose you have one of those lying around?” Flynn shakes his head. Eve says, “Here’s something funny…” (Where have we heard that exchange before?)
They go to the portal, and enter the Annex. There’s what seems like a millenia of heavy dust and cobwebs all over everything. Cassandra says she has never been to the Annex before. Eve freaks out when the ball of twine from the Labyrinth isn’t on the table where she left it. She goes looking for Jenkins, yelling his name. Cassandra looks at Flynn. “You care for her.” He denies it. “She will die for you, no matter how much you don’t want her to. Never forget that.”
Eve comes back, still freaking out. Flynn reminds her that this isn’t her time line. Whatever happened in her time line hasn’t happened here. She asks Cassandra how she can get back to her time line. Cassandra says she can’t. She talks about how history is fraying and the threads are getting further and further apart – “you can’t go back.” Eve looks dejected. “We failed…” Flynn says they haven’t failed. “There’s always another chance… another trick, always something left to learn. History’s unravelling… like a rope. Like a sailors rope.” He starts going on excitedly about how a sailor “hauls the rope, and he throws the rope, and he cuts the rope, and he splices -“
He gets more excited. “We could splice the threads of history together…” Cassandra follows his thought, and says it can work, but she will need a focus – something that is common across all the time lines she has traveled. Flynn and Eve hit the same realization together – “The Librarians!” Cassandra casts a spell to punch a hole in three universes. Flynn hears something and asks if Eve hears it. Cassandra shushes him – “I’m doing math.” They wait, and watch.
In his lab, Zeke is looking over some notes on a clipboard when he is pulled from his time line. Jake is in the middle of giving someone a smackdown when he is pulled from his time line. “Well… that just happened.” As they all join hands, Cassandra says “concentrate, Librarians… your lives, your histories and your friends.” Jake asks Zeke if they’re Librarians. “We are Librarians. Of course!”
Everything goes dark, and when the lights come back on they are in the Annex in Eve’s timeline. Jake warily asks “who’s world is this?” “Hers,” replies Cassandra. Eve is grabbing the ball of twine from the Labyrinth, from the table where she left it. Cassandra magically opens the back door. “The doors to the Loom are open, beyond space and time. Concentrate on the moment you left, and you will arrive at that exact point.”
Eve thanks Cassandra and grabs a sword, but as she and Flynn are about to cross through the portal he turns. He tells them that if they do this, they – The Librarians – will cease to exist. Jake smiles. “It’s been an interesting life.” “A life of mystery and misery,” adds Zeke. “Of loneliness but adventure… and a chance to make a difference,” says Cassandra. Jake nods. “A chance to save the world every week – twice before Friday. Go kick some ass, Librarian.”
They arrive back at the River of time, and stumble onto the bridge. Eve tells Flynn, “I assume you have a degree in ancient weaving.” He starts to babble about his degree being folded into another degree. “Shut up and weave.” Flynn takes the ball of twine and goes to the Loom. Eve takes up a defensive position in front of it. “Who are you looking for?” asks Flynn. “DuLaque should still be here.” “Should I be worried?” Eve looks over her shoulder at Flynn. “He’s a pretty frail old guy -” She gets body checked to the ground by.a knight in medieval Camelot armor. She loses her grip grip on the sword.
The knight knocks Flynn to the ground as well, and points his sword at them. Flynn grimaces in pain. “You call that frail?!” The knight grins. “Rewound history to Camelot, and this was me, at Camelot. Lovely side effect, really…” As they get up, Flynn goes to hide behind Eve and the Loom. Eve asks DuLaque, “what’s with you and Camelot?” “It was perfect! A just king, knights of honor, magic to control the world – it was a perfect world.” “Until you ruined it, DuLaque – Lancelot Dulaque!” says Flynn. Eve stands in front of the Loom, and DuLaque stabs her. She goes down like a sack of stones. While Dulaque is distracted, Flynn grabs Eve’s sword. He attacks DuLaque/Lancelot, swinging the sword wildly with both hands.
Eve lays on the rocks on the river bank, dazed. She brings her bloody fingers up in front of her face, like in her previous visions. Lancelot kicks Flynn to the ground. “She was fated to die saving her Librarian.” Flynn gets up and swings at him again, but he punches Flynn in the face and Flynn goes down yet again. “There are versions of you than might have had a chance – but there’s only one swordsman my equal, and you are not him.” Lancelot/DuLaque sets up for a killing strike, and is blocked – by Jenkins’ sword.
“Lancelot.” The knight backs up in disbelief. “Galahad!” DuLaque/Lancelot asks Jenkins/Galahad why he’s doing this. “Camelot fell. That was it’s fate,” says Jenkins/Galahad. “Mr. Carson – will you please restring the loom!” Flynn starts weaving while Jenkins and DuLaque duel. The fabric starts glowing, and the frayed edges of the gash start magically repairing.
DuLaque/Lancelot says “We had magic then! The world was a better place!” Really?” replies Jenkins/Galahad. “Wild magic, cruel kings, mad wizards… it was a pip!” Flynn continues to pull the thread, and the fabric weaves tighter. DuLaque/Lancelot is losing the sword fight.  “The stupid little humans need to be ruled by kings!” Jenkins is furious. “No! They have earned the right to rule themselves – the time of kings has passed!” He forces DuLaque/Lancelot against the bridge railing.
The fabric has completely repaired itself, and DuLaque – now old again – disappears in a flash of light. Flynn is now back in his white suit. He goes to Eve, and asks Jenkins why she’s not better. “This is her fate… I’m sorry,” Jenkins says. Eve says, “Hunh. I do die in every time line.” Flynn shakes his head. “No… there’s always another trick, always another chance.” He has an idea. Jenkins helps him get Eve up, and he tells Jenkins to get ready to jump. “Jump? Where?” “Everywhere.” They all disappear.
They go through the portal into the Annex. Jake is covering Lamia’s face with a blanket. When Flynn and Jenkins come in carrying Eve, Jake yells at them. “Where ya been? What happened?” he asks. Jake and Zeke take her, and Flynn goes to finish the storybook. He holds his hand with Eve’s blood over the page. “With this blood, the passage opens… to The Library.” Jenkins hears a noise at the back door. He opens it. “Yes! Go!” They all go through the door into the main branch of the  Metropolitan Library.
The group stops on the stairs, and they let Eve down. Flynn takes off running down the main corridor, shouting. “The Library’s back!” Cassie yells, “She’s dying,and all you care about is The Library?!” Zeke says, “She brought The Library back! She gave her blood!” Flynn keeps going. “Yes! The Library – and everything that’s in it is back!”
He takes a turn down between some shelves, looking for something specific. On the stairs, Jake is measuring Eve’s pulse. “She’s fading… I can’t feel her pulse.” Cassie yells, “Flynn! Whatever its is – Now!” Flynn finds what he’s looking for in a box on a shelf – the healing potion. “An ordinary wound…” He runs back to the group with it. Jake still can’t find Eve’s pulse. “I got nothin’.”
Flynn comes back with the elixir. He makes Eve drink some. Her wound magically heals, and she wakes with a deep gasp. “I was supposed to die…” Flynn smiles at her. “No. I don’t believe in fate.” Eve looks at her hand – no blood. Looking around, Cassie says, “The Library’s back!” Eve asks Flynn how it feels. “Like home.”
At the Annex, Flynn tells Eve that the “graduation gifts” are on her desk. She goes to retrieve them, and is pleasantly surprised to find it neat and organized, and to her liking. Truly her desk now. The Annex has finally adapted to her presence. She picks up three little books, and goes to the group. “We had Jenkins make up small versions of the clipping book. Every day, a new mystery.” Flynn hands them out – first to Jake, who asks “different ones?” “Yes! Isn’t that wonderful? Team up on some, split up on others.” He hands Cassandra hers. “Come get us if you need any help – but don’t need too much help – That would be disappointing,” he says as he hands Zeke his, holding on tightly for a moment before allowing Zeke to take it.
Jenkins comes in with an envelope for Flynn from Charlene. He starts up the stairs. “Goodbye, Librarians! Come back alive!” says Flynn with a laugh. Zeke wants a break – “despite my heroics, still a bit… judgey in here.” Jake says he’s been telling his family he was working on an oil rig in Texas, so maybe he’ll go visit them. Cassandra regretfully says, “my family and I aren’t really… yeah. I think I’ll try a case,” she says and smiles. She opens her book slowly and it glows. She reads, and smiles again. “Deep breath!” she says, and starts towards the door.
Jake asks her where she’s going. “Lima. Peru.” Zeke wishes her good luck, and she leaves the room. Zeke runs and catches up to her in the hall. ” Actually, I know a great little cafe in Lima…” Cassie’s face lights up. Jake follows. “You know, I’ve been meaning to check out Machu Picchu.” Zeke says, “I didn’t know you like wrestling.” “That’s not – You don’t know what Machu Picchu is?! How do you call yourself a Librarian?” “I’m just as much one as you – I got a book! ” “Yeah, a pity book!” Cassie is smiling. She has found her new family.
Back in the Annex main room, Eve approaches Jenkins. She thanks him. “Sorry?” “For… everything you did at the Loom. You saved us.” “While I was undoubtedly heroic, like the others I’m afraid I don’t remember what happened while history and fate were – you know… wahwahwah – unspun.”  She tells him that Flynn says he can’t remember anything either. Flynn responds from upstairs – “Vexing! Still vexing!”
She asks Jenkins how her line stayed intact across all those threads. He ventures a guess that it was because she did it before – the Christmas affair. She fractured in Santa’s place, across space and time. So she was prepared to hold up under similar circumstances. “That’s a hell of a coincidence,” she says. Jenkins goes on. “Remember – the story book, the Tesla device, the thread… all required to bring the Library home. Almost as if these past months, your missions had been directed by fate itself.” Eve points out that the clip book didn’t send them to Santa – he did. “Coincidence,” he says with a smug grin as he turns and walks away.
Flynn comes down the stairs, whistling. She says that he doesn’t remember anything either. “Oh, bits and pieces. I saved the world at least once, right? So business as usual.” She tells him that she got to see what he was like if he wasn’t the Librarian. He asks her what he was like. “Scattered. Annoying. Alternating between genius and bad puns.” “So… business as usual.” The clip book starts acting up. Flynn guesses monsters. She says “Nah. Mad scientist, evil cult maybe…” He makes a clumsy attempt to ask her out, and she calls him on it. “You’re asking me on a date.” “Good.. yes, I am. Good, ’cause I had about nine more minutes of that.”
He spins the globe, and Eve asks where he was thinking of taking her on this “date.”. He grabs his satchel and her coat. “Going to fight -” “Investigate!” “An evil cult-” “Monsters!” “Is your idea of a date?” He backs up against the door, smiling at her. She asks if he has any idea what’s on the other side. “Nope.” With that, he opens the door. He takes her hand. “Isn’t it great?” Together, they go through the door.

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Season Finale – First hour: The Librarians and the City of Light recap

This episode turns out to be heavier than what I expected. The early dialogue is the usual, smart-assed, funny-filled fare, but it becomes rather serious towards the end of the episode. The kids are showings signs of growing up – and growing closer as a family. I was totally caught off-guard by the emotions that Zeke and Jake expressed, and it was awesome. The casts’ dialogue delivery is beginning to feel very natural, and I’m actually starting to feel that these people really do exist in the real world, and they are very much becoming people that I would want in my life.

And now, here’s the recap:

Our story begins with one Mr. Victor Finch exploring a wooded area just outside of town. He’s looking for evidence of UFOs, and investigating reports of mysterious lights that have been seen in the area.  He’s making a video with his tablet, talking about his search in a town called Collins Falls. He says that he’s seen no signs of the lights himself. As we look over his shoulder at his image on the tablet, we see anomalies of golden lights flickering around him like static or plasma charges. Then his tablet goes on the fritz and finally shuts down.
He pulls his goggles down over his eyes, and keeps talking into his digital recorder. As he’s walking and looking around, through his goggles he sees what appear to be transparent humanoid forms. Surprised, he flips up the lenses on his goggles and sees nothing there. Flipping the lenses back down, he sees the forms again. One of them appears to point at him, and he takes off running. Back in town, he’s running through the streets in a panic, yelling “Run! They’re here! It’s an invasion!” A waitress at a cafe is watching him through the window. Several people on the street stop and look at him. He makes it back to his SUV, throws the digital recorder in through the open window and gets in. As he puts the keys into the ignition, the waitress reaches in and takes them. “Is there a problem… sweetheart?” He starts to tell her that there’s something in the woods. “It’s not an M-1 anymore, it’s a CE3… Close encounter of the third… kind – ” He realizes that there are several people approaching the SUV.
The waitress grabs him by the throat, and one of the other men puts his hands on the hood of the vehicle. Several other people have gathered, also touching the vehicle and making strange sounds. Their hands all emit a glowing golden energy, and it transfers to Victor Finch. The camera pans up, and we see that this is all going on under an advertisement for “Battery X.”
At the Annex, Zeke is arguing that it’s aliens. Jenkins says there’s no such things as UFOs. Eve snarks, “Minotaurs, haunted houses, Santa Claus, yes… but UFOs? Don’t be silly!” Zeke points to an article about Finch’s disappearance. Jenkins tells him not to be fooled by any physical manifestation he may encounter – “They’re absolutely not UFOs.” Jake says, “The only people I know who believe in UFOs think that Elvis was the shooter on the grassy knoll.”
Cassandra quotes statistics about how many possible habitable planets there are in our galaxy, and says that it’s highly unlikely that we are the only intelligent life in the known universe. Jenkins is about to say something when Eve cuts him off, raising her finger at him to shush him. “I tell you what – we’ll just fill in the crack you were about to make about us and intelligent life, and just skip right to the job.” Jenkins, in a disappointed tone, asks “Are you sure? It was very cutting.” With an apologetic tone, Eve says, “I promise to be properly offended – I mean, I probably wouldn’t have even understood it at first, but I’ll be offended later.” They stand waiting at the portal. As Jenkins spins the globe, he pouts and harrumphs. “Where’s the fun in that?”
As they turn a corner in the town, Zeke is going on about how interplanetary contact is measured. Cassie interrupts him, happily stating that he’s a UFO geek. He stares at her. “No, I’m sorry – it’s just that you’ve never really geeked out about anything before!” He shrugs. “I just think that if a super powerful alien race arrives, we should be prepared.” “You’re planning on selling out the human race, aren’t you?” Eve asks. “I will absolutely sell out the human race to our new alien overlords. Don’t fight them – they know what’s best for us,” he says with a smug grin. As they go past the cafe across the street, the waitress watches them from the sidewalk in front of the cafe.
They continue walking past a house with a “Home Sweet Home” shingle sign hanging in the front yard. Jake impatiently asks, “So what’s the plan, Baird?” Eve remarks that they don’t have a lot to go on. “Independent journalist Victor Finch went missing -” “Was abducted by aliens,” says Zeke. “I will break every bone in your body -” Eve threatens.
Jake is looking at the house. He asks when the town was founded. Cassie says it was in 1953. “Hunh.” Eve asks why. “9 out of 10 homes in the ’50s were ranch style architecture. These look like they’re Colonial revivals from the late 18, early 1900s.” Eve comments that maybe they wanted an old fashioned, nostalgic look. “That would explain the gaslamps,” remarks Cassie. Eve tells Jake to follow his instincts. “If you think something about the town is off, you and Cassandra see what you can learn about the town and its history.”
She takes Jones with her to check out the spot where Finch’s SUV was found, while Cassie and Jake go to the town hall, which doubles as the town’s library. As they come out of the Carnegie Hall, they see a woman on a ladder tinkering with one of the gas lamps. Stone says, “Excuse me, ma’am -” and she chuckles. “Don’t get a lot of ma’amming around here. Usually it’s just ‘Hey, Mabel.'” Jake remarks that her name is old-fashioned. She says she’s an old-fashioned girl. Cassie says it’s an old-fashioned town. Mabel talks about how she would love to see it all lit up. “That would be a sight to see, wouldn’t it?” Jake says it would look like Paris. “Oui,” says Mabel, “con Paris.” Jake responds in French, and Cassie has the “here we go again” look on her face. “Whee,” she whispers sarcastically.
Jake introduces himself and Cassie to Mabel, and she gives her full name as Mabel Collins. Jake tells her, “We’re the.. uh… We’re the Librarians. We’re doing research on town histories.” “Ah! Well, that makes sense.” “For once,” says Cassie with a wry smile. Jake asks if there’s someone they could talk to. Mabel recommends the town archivist.
“Family founded the place, so if they don’t know it, it ain’t worth knowin’.” Jake asks where they can find him. Mable stares at him. Jake finally gets it – “Mabel Collins. Collins Falls. You’re the archivist.” She smiles at him. “Hm. Brains too,” she cracks.
They follow her back into Carnegie Hall. “I’m the archivist, notary, volunteer fire chief, and Chancellor of the Exchequer – treasurer, technically, but since I order the town’s business cards too…” (I love that word! It’s so fun to say – “Exchequer.” Say it with me.) Jake and Mabel have a little back and forth in French and make flirty faces at each other while Cassie gets annoyed.
Eve and Zeke arrive at the spot where Finch’s SUV was found. Zeke was hoping for crop circles. Eve wonders out loud why a hiker would park there, out of the way where nobody would notice. She comes to the conclusion that either he didn’t want to be found or someone else moved the vehicle. They hear a noise, and Eve hauls Zeke by the collar over to hide behind a rock.
Zeke throws some hand gestures to Eve for her to investigate while he runs away. She gestures back to indicate that she will kill him if he runs off. She then gestures the direction that she wants him to take, and the direction that she will be going. They head off. After walking through the woods for a bit, Zeke finds the gas-lamp pole in a clearing. (Welcome to Narnia, kids! “Spare ‘oom,” anyone?)
Finch comes out of the trees behind Zeke as he wonders, “Who would put a gas-lamp in the middle of the woods?” Zeke turns around and recognizes him. Finch’s eyes glow, he points and makes a weird noise. He starts to attack Zeke, but Eve shows up just in time to pull Finch away from Zeke and slam him against the gas-lamp pole. The lamp post glows, and Eve gets caught in the aura. As Zeke watches helplessly, she disappears.
Back at the Annex, Jenkins admonishes them. “Only you people could lose a Guardian. A Librarian, yes, we go through them like tissue paper… but a Guardian?” The kids all start protesting at once, with Jake and Cassie placing the blame on Zeke. He says that he looks at it as Eve lost him. “I mean, one minute she’s all assault and battery, and the next she’s beamed up into space.” Jake accuses him of running away. “No one beamed her anywhere,” Jenkins says. “Says the guy with the teleporting door,” Zeke retorts. Jenkins repeats that “UFOs do not exist!” “Says the guy with the teleporting door!” repeats Zeke, starting to get annoyed that nobody appears to believe him about how Eve disappeared. Jenkins shows them a tracking device. “Ah! There – see? Col. Baird is still on the planet.” Cassie asks if she’s safe. “She’s… still… on the planet,” Jenkins replies.
Cassie reasons that whatever happened to Col. Baird must have happened to Victor Finch. “And now that we’ve found Mr. Finch -” Jake comes to the same conclusion. “We’ve got a witness.” They leave to go interview Victor Finch. They find him in a hospital day room, and ask him about what happened. He tells them he doesn’t remember much. “I feel like the whole last day’s just… gone.” Cassie looks confused and worried. “Mr. Finch, you’ve been missing for three weeks!”
The kids go back to the Annex with Finch’s UFO equipment, and turn it over to Jenkins. Zeke asks why he’s interested in that stuff. “I thought you said UFOs were a crock.” Examining Finch’s goggles, Jenkins nods. “They are. But the fools that chase them can sometimes come up with something interesting. ” As Cassie is watching the video on Finch’s tablet, Jenkins notices the electrical emissions behind Finch in the video. He talks about the goggles having some kind of aura filter, and points out the anomalies to the team. Zeke recognizes the clearing and tells them that is where Eve disappeared.
Cassie says that someone should go back and talk to the town archivist. “That would be me.” Jake interrupts Cassie, saying that he’ll go. He starts heading for the door. “Oh, you wanna take this? I can come and help,” she argues. “I’ll go. I’ll go.” “Alright. He’s got it.”
Jake meets Mabel in the archive warehouse. He asks her for help with the case. They start talking about traveling. She mentions that she has never left town, and asks him if he’s ever traveled. He says that he’s never been farther from home than a tank of gas. She says it would be nice to have just one wall with memories of somewhere else – anything else but the town. Jake agrees. “I know what you mean – like, having a story that doesn’t start out ‘You ‘member the night at Jimmy’s bar?” “Or, you remember that waitress at the diner? Oh – of course you remember… ‘Cause we go to that diner every weekend!” Jake continues, “you remember what happened at the town bar-b-que? Oh which one – that one? No, the other one. Oh, that one? No, the other one…”
Eve gets melancholy and starts talking about wanting to have memories from travels in Moscow… or Athens… and then she gets romantic and starts talking about the view from the Eiffel tower in the rain. She stands very close to Jake. He steps back, and tries to explain why he can’t get involved with her, but never really quite gets it all out. He tells her instead that the reason he came is because some of their surveying equipment picked up readings from one of her gas-lamps in the forest. She wants Jake to show her. He asks her if he can just see some plans. “My town, my archives. Show me.” She walks off, and Jake follows her.
 He takes her to the clearing, where Jenkins and the rest of the team is investigating the lamp post. He makes the introductions. Cassie is huffy – ” you brought… someone who is not a Librarian… to here? Yay!” Jenkins asks Zeke if this was how he found it. “Baird slammed the bloke into it, then… poof.” Mabel looks confused. “Poof? Someone went poof?” Jake nervously chuckles, saying that it’s just a figure of speech. ” He’s Australian. We don’t even know what he’s sayin’ half the time.”
Jenkins touches the lamp post, and there’s a charge of electricity. Baird appears, flickering briefly. Mabel freaks. “What the hell…?” Cassie says it was an optical illusion. Zeke says, “No – that was Col. Baird. Jenkins raises the goggles and shoots Zeke a warning glance. Zeke tries to cover his tracks by saying that it really was an optical illusion, and they call them Col. Baird’s in Australia. Mabel demands to know what’s going on. Stone tells her he needs her to trust him. He promises full disclosure, but he needs her to dig up everything about the gas-lamps. She goes off, and the waitress from the cafe steps out from behind a tree, watching the group. She turns to follow Mabel back into town.
At the Annex, the group is having a meeting in Jenkin’s lab. Jake asks if Eve is a ghost. Jenkins explains that ghosts are ectoplasmic entities. “Col. Baird is caught in some kind of energy discharge…” They need more data , and Jenkins has tweaked Finch’s goggles to allow the wearer to see a range of energies in sharper focus. They will be able to track it to the source and figure out what happened, and hopefully reverse it. He says that Zeke will be the one to wear them. Zeke tries to refuse, saying that magic energy is more Cassandra’s thing. Cassie says that she sees enough psychedelic images as it is, “so no thank you.” Jenkins hands the goggles to Zeke. “You’re the one that lost her.”
Jake goes to the archive warehouse to look for more information about the gas-lamps. He breaks in, and starts looking around with a flashlight. The overhead lights go on, and a voice asks, “Is there a problem, sweetheart?” Mabel walks over to him. He says it isn’t what it looks like. She tells him it looks like he broke in to the archives. “Hope you didn’t break the lock, because I’m also the maintenance department.” Jake tells her that whatever is going on with the gas-lamps could be dangerous. She says that since she can’t stop him, they can work together. She points him to the early town records.
Zeke and Cassie are walking in the woods.  Wearing the goggles, Zeke finds the energy flow, which runs along the ground like the yellow brick road from “The Wizard of Oz.” They follow it, and Cassie starts calculating – “Energy differentials… positives… growing…”. She sees flowers – tulips, roses and pansies. She sees a definite pattern, and figures out that it’s a circuit. Zeke turns to pay attention to Cassie, but when he turns back to look down the trail, he sees Eve gesturing wildly to get his attention. He lets out a startled scream, and Cassie makes a remark about screaming whenever the mood takes them. He tells her that he can see Eve.
Cassie asks if Eve is ok. “She’s… annoyed at me, so yeah. She’s fine.” Eve is gesturing for them to go back the way they came. Zeke relays that to Cassie, who says to Eve that the source is the other way, and that if they can get to the source they can find out what’s causing this. Eve gestures some more, and Zeke translates to Cassie. “I think she wants you to go on ahead, and for me to follow her this way.” Cassie snarks, “Fine. I can take care of myself.” Zeke is mildly offended. “Are you implying that I can’t?” “No, Baird is.” Cassie goes off. Eve is gesturing for Zeke to hurry and follow her. “Yeah, yeah,” He grumps. “Right behind you. This isn’t weird at all.”
Back at the archives, Jake and Mabel are going over the plans for the gas-lamps. They were originally planned for different positions, but the plan was changed. Jake wonders why. They speculate a little and Mable backs up, bumping a file box. It makes a clinking sound. “What kind of files clink?” Jake asks as he starts to open the box. Mabel tries to stop him, but he pulls out a bulb and a copper coil – parts for a gas-lamp.
Cassie finds her way to the dam and goes into the dam operations office. She sees a sign that says Wardencliffe Falls. “I thought this was Collins Falls?” Meanwhile, Baird leads Zeke back into town. He sees transparent people walking around in old-fashioned clothing. “That’s not good…”
In the archives, Mabel is handing Jake a file folder. She tells him that if she shows him this, that he has to promise to help. He promises her that he will “do the right thing.” Jake takes the file, and reads through it. “The gas-lamps were already here… because there was another town already here?! Built by – “
At the dam, Cassie finds an old picture of some townsfolk – with Nikola Tesla.
In town, Zeke follows Eve to the cafe, and comes to a realization – “They’re possessing people… They’re body-snatching!” He sees a woman in front of him, pointing at him making a weird noise, with her mouth agape. He looks around, and sees that others have noticed him. He runs, and three men follow him. He has an idea about the lamp posts and snatches a picket from a fence. He whacks the lamp post, and the surge of electricity causes the people to become dispossessed.
Still at the dam, Cassie recognizes Finch as he walks in to the office. She then realizes that it’s not really Finch. He moves aggressively towards her, so she grabs a huge pipe wrench to defend herself. After smacking him upside the head with it, she runs out.
Jake and Mabel are still researching when Zeke runs in to the archives. “Oh – hey guys. Up for a barricade? A pack of body-snatchers coming in hot…” Jake tells him he knows what’s going on, and tells him about Wardencliffe Falls. Zeke is rather distracted. “Oh! Ok, I’ll just be over here by myself, then…” He goes back and forth between paying attention to Jake and checking the door. Jake says that Wardencliffe Falls was built a hundred years ago as a test site. “And you’ll never guess who built it! It was -” “Nikola Tesla!” Cassie yells as she runs into the archives. With a “Goddamit, I wanted to say it” look on his face, Jake slaps down the papers he was holding. Cassie goes on. “Genius inventor, rival of Edison, and pretty much the reason we have electricity in our homes. Also… Get the hell away from her.”
Jake says that Mabel’s just trying to help, as Cassie pulls him away from her. With attitude, Cassie asks Mabel, “are you?” Zeke looks at Mabel through the filtered goggles. “She’s not body-snatched.” Cassie is confused. “Body- What?” “But they definitely are,” says Zeke as other people begin filing in. Finch starts after Cassie, but Mable stops him – calling him “Norman.” “I thought your name was Victor?” asks Jake. “Well, why don’t we start with her? ‘Cause this photo is dated 1915.” Mabel says, “I told you I had family commitments…”
Now inside the cafe, Mabel explains that in 1915 Tesla was doing experiments with wireless power transmission. Cassie explains that the project was sort of like Wi-Fi for electricity, and she figures out that the lamps are transmitters. Mabel says that they are prototypes, and something went wrong. They activated the system and everyone got… “zapped.”  The electricity discharge knocked the townspeople out of sync with the universe. They could see the world, but they couldn’t interact with it. Jake comments, “That’s what happened to Baird.”  Eighty seven souls were trapped in an inter-dimensional border. Jenkins asks, “If the flux is inherently unstable, how has it lasted this long?” Mabel explains that when Tesla realized what happened, “He modified the gas-lamps – the transmitters – to create an energy field that would keep us stable. Without it, we would cease to exist.”
Cassie asks Mabel why she is still in her original body. Mabel tells her, “I was in the main control room when it happened – insulated.” She goes on to say that most of the people were knocked completely out of phase, but she was winking in and out. “Tesla was able to anchor me in my body by turning me into sort of a grounding wire…” Pulling her hair up, she shows them the copper bolt in her neck. Jones asks about the body-snatching. Norman gets offended. “It’s necessary!” Mabel starts to explain how it’s possible for them to interact with the world by doing that. Zeke interrupts her, saying that he’s not so concerned with how they do it, but how the owners of the bodies feel about it.
Norman says they only use them for a couple of hours at a time, that their energy field just interferes with their memories. “They lose a couple of hours here and there, like everyone does.” Zeke starts to go off. “How about that body you’re in right now? You’ve been in there three weeks! How much time is he losing?” Jake tries to calm him down. “Alright… easy…” “Easy?! I made a good living walking the line between snatching and borrowing, but these people have gone too far!”  Norman again says it’s necessary. Mabel asks them for their help. Jake asks her, “so… you gonna tells us what’s going on?” Mabel says that they needed a body that they could use for a longer period of time. Someone who wouldn’t be missed. She says that it was the only way they could fix things, and “we are so close to fixing things!” Jenkins asks her if she has a plan. “Let me show you.”
The team follows her to the dam. She tells them that Tesla made a deal with the government – they took over all his patents and wiped all his records. But they had to leave the dam. “The turbines have been charging the capacitor for a hundred years. He spent the rest of his life trying to find a way to bring us back, but was never able to in his lifetime.” Jenkins agrees. “How could he? Dimensional re-integration takes a tremendous amount of energy, particularly for people who have been in flux for as long as you have.”
Mabel shows them the turbine housings. They are rusted, and just about shot. She says they need everything to be ready fast. The capacitor is old and failing. They need to get it done in the next couple of days. “Now that you know, will you help us? You said you’d do the right thing.”
The somber team goes back to the town hall to discuss the issue. Zeke is adamant that they don’t do this. “They’ve taken over bodies instead of asking for help! You just don’t do that!” Cassie points out that they’re asking for help now. “Yeah, only ’cause they got caught!” Jake says, “they’re people. And they’re trapped. Can you imagine being stuck for a hundred years…?” Cassie gives it a 50-50 chance. Jake asks what happens if it doesn’t work. Cassie says that the excess energy will be disbursed through the lamps and destroy them. The lamps are the only thing keeping those people stable. “So if the lamps go, they go.” “That’s if they’re telling the truth,” says Zeke, angrily. Jenkins says it’s not about choice. “Right-wrong, true-false… Like it or not, it’s the only way to rescue Col. Baird.” Jake says that he promised to do the right thing. Cassie says they’ll need someone at the controls who can do the math. Zeke reluctantly agrees. “At least Col. Baird’ll owe me one.”
Back at the dam, they start putting their plan into action. They need to rebuild the relay point on the roof. Cassie says that carbon composite wiring will handle the voltage better than the copper wiring that Tesla’s blueprints called for. Jake and Mabel take care of that. Cassie also explains that since the capacitor is old and falling apart, “its harmonic resonance may fluctuate unpredictably, which means bigger is better, and we need all the lamps refurbished and cleaned – spit shined, like fresh from the factory. We only get one shot at this. Let’s not take chances.”
In the archives, Jake and Mabel are working together. Jake asks her why she never left, since she’s in her own body. She tells him that the gas lamps stabilize her too. If she had crossed the border of the circuit, she’d be as lost as anyone. She asks, “what’s your excuse?” He tells her about his great grandfather’s oil rig outfit in the 1800’s. His father ran the company. When the company started going under, his father was in no condition to run it. The longer he stayed, the harder it was to leave. “You spend time with people who won’t do somethin’, you start feeling like you can’t do it.” She laughs. “And now that you know better?” Jake kisses her gently, capturing a precious moment.
The lamps are ready. Jenkins tells Jake over the radio that if everything works correctly, Col. Baird can be restored. “She’s not been in flux very long, so it won’t take as much energy to re-integrate her…” “Last in, first out, huh?” Jenkins agrees. “That’s if Miss Cillian and I have successfully implemented the theoretical scribblings of a mad genius, using abandoned equipment that’s been in water for the last hundred years.” “Good pep talk!”
Mabel tells Norman they’re ready. He and Cassie are in the control room. Cassie flips the switch, and the turbines kick in. The lamps start to glow. There’s a power surge, and Cassie gets worried. “The capacitor… it’s amplifying the harmonics exponentially!” Norman asks if it will still work. Cassie doesn’t know. She starts calculating. She realizes that the energy won’t just blow out the gas lamps. It will cause much more destruction than they originally thought. She tells Norman that they have to shut it down. Norman asks if it will still blow up of this works. Cassie says no, but there’s only a 50-50 chance of it working.
Norman is concerned with the 87 lives at stake on his end. Cassie is concerned with the bigger picture – there are more lives at stake than just the people trapped in flux. “We did not factor that into the risk,” says Cassie. Norman is willing to take that risk. Cassie says she won’t. Norman breaks off the switch handle, takes the radio and locks Cassie in the control room. The power continues to increase. Cassie tries to find a way to signal for help. She looks at a bunch of wires, and starts to think about how music is layered, and she realizes that the answer to her problem is a key change. She goes to the control panel and manipulates a dial.
Outside, Zeke asks if anyone else hears the high-pitched noise. Nobody else hears it. He describes it, and Jenkins and Jake realizes it’s Morse code – “L for Librarians!” They go to the control room, and Jake kicks the door in. Cassie is relieved that they heard her. Zeke says, “I did. What was that?” “Mosquito tone,” says Cassie. “A high-pitched sound that only young people can hear.” Jake and Jenkins look at her funny. “No offense… I adjusted the frequencies of the turbines to send you a message.”
Mabel asks, “What’s wrong?” Cassie says, “we were. If this doesn’t work, it’s gonna blow. Big. Tunguska big,” Mabel still believes that it will work. Cassie says that she’s sorry, but she cannot take that risk. Jenkins points out that if they stop now, Col. Baird will remain trapped. Zeke says that Baird would be the first to make that call.
Mabel says that there’s a manual override switch on the roof. Jenkins tells them to go, saying that he will stay with Cassie in the control room to try and stabilize it there. The guys leave with Mabel, and get up to the roof. The lamps are starting to overload. The fence is charged, and Zeke gets a good hard jolt when he tries to open the gate. Mabel says that she’s the best one to do this – she’s grounded. Jake points out that with that much electricity, even a grounding wire can burn out. “You have a better idea?” Jake asks if holding on to her will ground him too. She doesn’t know, but he’s unwilling to let her go alone so he takes her hand and goes with her.
As they close the gate behind him, Jake sees Norman coming. He yells, “guys! Company!” Jake yells back for him to handle it. He and Mabel continue towards the override switch. Zeke attempts to “handle” Norman, and gets himself knocked out.  Baird flickers in, and jumps into Zeke’s body. “Short legs – good to know.” She proceeds to knock the crap out of Norman while Jake and Mabel continue to the override switch.
Mabel is starting to overload from all the power discharging through her. She gets to a point where she can’t walk. Jake carries her. He asks her, “What’s the name of that waiter… ” They start making up memories about travelling together, and sharing them. The conversation is melancholy, and rather poignant.
Once Eve knocks out Norman, she gets knocked back into reality. Zeke yells to Mabel and Jake that it’ts working. The can’t hear him. By the time they get to the switch, Mabel is very weak. She says her “au revoir” to Jake, and throws the switch. The power cuts out, and the lamps all go out. Mabel dies in Jake’s arms, and he is deeply saddened by the loss.
Back at the Annex, Zeke is still angry that they gave up on it. “It was working. It was gonna work!” Obviously upset as well, Cassie tells him, “We don’t know that. Col. Baird was in there for a day. The rest of them were trapped for a century. We just don’t know that it would have held together long enough to help them.”  Eve asks if it will really take another hundred years to charge the capacitor and try again. Cassie tells her that there’s no capacitor – “the discharge fried it. The only thing that still works are the gas-lamps.” “Which means they’re all still trapped,” adds Zeke.
Eve tells them that it wasn’t their fault. “Sometimes you just lose. You did good – all of you! But sometimes… you just lose.” “This bites!” Zeke says as he walks out of the room. Cassie follows him out as Jenkins enters. He gives Eve a book, saying that it’s time she had that. She asks what it is. “The appointment book.” He goes on to explain that the Library works on timescales beyond the normal human life span. “If a Librarian, for example, built a new capacitor in a dam, with a few stabilizing design features… and let it charge for a century or so – ” Eve gets the idea. “They’d want to make a note of it, so future librarians know there’s an appointment to keep!” “Chop-chop,” says Jenkins with a smile.
Cassie and Zeke are heading out for a drink. They pass Jake in the hall, and invite him to go with them. He declines, saying there’s someplace he has to be. They go in their way, and Jake goes to the portal. The globe spins, and when it stops, Jake opens the door. He looks through some old postcards, and stops at the one of the Eiffel tower. Looking out the door, Paris awaits – and at the end of the long avenue,, so does the tower. He pulls his collar up, and steps through the door into the rain.
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