Monday, November 12, 2018

TV on DVD Review: The Librarians - Season 4


Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: More fun fantasy episodes
Cons: This is the end (but it wraps up well)
The Bottom Line:
Last dose of magic
Fans will be happy as show
Wraps up its run well




“There’s Something I Need to Tell You.  I’m a Librarian.”

All good things come to an end, and sadly, that is the case for The Librarians.  This show never had a huge following, so I've always treated each new season as a bonus.  And now we can enjoy their final adventures on DVD with the release of season 4.

As season 4 opens, Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) and Flynn Carson (Noah Wyle) are getting ready for the binding ceremony that will permanently bind them to each other and the library, which will anchor it.  As Jenkins (John Larroquette) warns, if this ceremony doesn't go off perfectly, the library could begin to drift, causing all sorts of problems for the world.

Of course, that isn’t all that is going on.  A secret sect of the Vatican has a lead on the four pillars of the Library of Alexandria, and them getting all four of these pillars could spell doom.  And then a surprising face from the past appears.  Nicole (Rachel Nichols) was Noah's first guardian when he first joined the library, and he thought she'd been killed on their first mission.  He is surprised but happy to have her back in his life.  However, she comes with a warning that there can only be one librarian, and the fact that Jake, Cassandra, and Ezekiel (Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, and John Harlan Kim) are also librarians means that something bad is going to come.

This news sends Flynn off on his own, but it begins to haunt all of the actions the others take this season.  As they save Santa’s sleigh or get caught up in the movies, they also wonder if any of them should step down.  But they all love their job.  Meanwhile, Jenkins is warning that the tethering ceremony still needs to take place.  Where will this all end?

With the binding ceremony and the worry about only having one librarian, this season seems a bit more unified than some of the earlier ones do.  Don't get me wrong, there are still some fun stand-alone episodes, but they all have moments that connect to the season long story.  Just an observation worth noting in passing.

We do still get plenty of fun moments, however there are definitely some darker episodes this season.  Things always turn out okay by the end, so this isn’t a major issue overall.  And the characters are still growing as the season progresses.  As always, the actors are in fine form bringing the words they are given to life for us, and the special effects help keep us in the world as well.

TNT didn't announce that they were going to cancel The Librarians until right before the series finale ended.  Fortunately, this show never worried much about season ending cliffhangers, so we were treated to an ending that feels like a good series finale.  I'm curious how things would have ended if they had known this was it, but I’m not complaining.

This season consisted of twelve episodes, and they are all present in this set in their native widescreen and full surround sound.

I'm sorry to be saying goodbye to this fun show, but I'm glad we were able to follow The Librarians for four seasons.  I can imagine them continuing to have wonderful adventures without us.

1 comment:

  1. I just recently discovered The Librarians and was very sad to find it was cancelled. It seems all the good shows fall away and we are stuck with reality tv. It was an enjoyable reprieve.

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