The week’s episode of The Librarians (and the Image of Image) takes place in London, or Portland, Oregon where the series is filmed. The Librarians take on a technologically advanced Dorian Gray, Lindy Booth and Christian Kane show a flair for comedy. Booth is truly hysterical as a high Cassandra and Kane, as Jake Stone, takes frustration to new levels while Eve Baird makes a reference to Snowpiercer.
Eve: “Ezekiel. Be a comb,”
This is obviously a huge nod to the Tilda Swinton character in the Joon Ho Bong Chris Evans post apocalyptic film Mason, who explains how the train’s hierarchy works:
Mason: “Be a shoe.”
Clever homage moments aside, this episode did have a few clunkers in it. (Forgivable for a show that usually gets a lot of things right.) The “English” or “London” accents were so watered down (except for that waitress) that they lost any authenticity and some of the dialogue was “off.”
After the woman is “hit” by the car one of the clubbers outside “Club e” say “Call 9-9-9.” In England it would have been “Ring 9-9-9.” Inside the club later, the bouncer states that everyone must relinquish their phones before entering the club proper, in London, he would have referred to the cell phones as “mobiles,” not phones.
*Sidenote:* And speaking of that 9-9-9 incident…While the steering wheel was on the “right side of the car” the car itself was on the wrong side of the road. Come on chaps…
Okay pointless and picayune moaning finished. Although not before having a moan about the “waitress” with the dodgy London accent, while not as bad as the illustrious Dick Van Dyke “mockney” in Mary Poppins, it came damn close. Part of the problem with the actors portraying “Brits”in this episode was that at least two are from down under, one Kiwi (New Zealander) and one Aussie (Aussie). At least the dialogue with the one real “Brit” (the bouncer) featured Stone being called Yank, although once more the London was dampened quite a lot…
The plot was great; with the idea that Dorian Gray was real and still alive managing to overcome the destruction of the painting by using the vanity of selfies and the age of narcissism to keep himself forever ageless. We learn that little bit more about Jenkins and Eve in this episode was well.
The sight of a stoned Cillian doing her math thing in mid air was funny as was her drunken mumblings. Overt comedic performance times Lindy Booth equals win to the nth degree. This episode allowed the ladies to shine. It was ladies night and Rebecca Romijn also took center stage to prove that she was more than up to the challenge of protecting her charges.
Later Jenkins hints that the Guardian will have a big battle to face later. Colonel Baird takes a moment to look at some pictures of Carson Flynn (Noah Wyle) whom she still apparently is attracted to. This may also be a clue that the big battle will include Flynn…
There is a reveal at the end of the show, where Jenkins and Evie are talking about the library and Dorian Gray and the caretaker reveals that the Librarians themselves have almost figured out why they were chosen. This after Ezekiel gives a little expository rundown about each of the new members.
The Librarians airs Sundays on TNT and still provides great family entertainment. Even the “sins” committed by Luke Cook as Gray were not too bad, the drug taking hinted at, as was the drinking to excess.