The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma (Review)

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The second episode of The Librarians, titled And the Horns of a Dilemma, follows the three “potentials” (Sorry Buffy-verse, but it fits.) in their first solo mission without Flynn (Noah Wylie). Jenkins, played by John Larroquette, is the trio’s advisor and also the one who reins in the adventurers’ protector Eve Baird (played by Rebecca Romijn). Jake Stone (Christian Kane), Lindy Booth’s Cassandra Cillian and Ezekiel Jones (John Kim) take most of the episode to bond with each other and the former Colonel Baird. The small group, plus one with Jenkins, all learn a little more about one another and some of what each of the librarians bring to the team.

At the start of the show, a man is seen running down an office building hallway. Screaming for help he comes upon two figures wearing habits, or grim reaper outfits, and as he pleads for help, something unseen grabs and pulls him out of sight. The two figures, turn and enter an elevator removing the hoods and start talking as the doors close. The three Librarians are in a darkened room and each is taken down by another unseen assailant, each one’s capture is indicative of their personality. Stone goes down fighting, Jones tries to run away, and Cillian attempts to hide, “very badly,” according to Baird who was hunting them all down in a training exercise.

When the group head back to the library, Baird tells Jenkins that the three Librarians are not ready to go on missions after he mentions that another newsclipping has appeared in the book. In this episode, And the Horns of a Dilemma, the group discover a business that is using the Minotaur’s labyrinth from mythology and the creature is killing people. Ezekiel has coined a new phrase for Cassandra’s brain tumor, “a brain grape,” which annoys her no end. Later though she uses the phrase herself.

While this TNT series does make the viewer think of the old Dr. Who sharing similar cheesy effects, for example the Minotaur was much scarier as a large “biker” than in its original form which resembled a dark rug with horns and red eyes, and a certain atmosphere which sort of feels like a Saturday morning kid’s program, it is entertaining and the characters are all likeable. Although John Larroquette is not to everyone’s taste, he fits the role of eccentric “magician/scientist” quite well. His Jenkins is sort of a cross between Mr. Wizard and Yoda without the awkward way of speaking or the very short stature.

This updated ensemble version of the 1999 television series Relic Hunter, which also featured Lindy Booth as Claudia, does makes one think of another ensemble show, based on a true story, show CBS’s Scorpion. While The Librarians are not all high IQ geniuses, although Jake Stone does, his two companions bring elevated/enhanced skills to the table which helps the team solve their Scooby Doo type mysteries, sans the old “you meddling kids” line at the end of the show.

The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma, is still fun television to watch even without the eccentric Noah Wylie character, who really does feel like a sort of American version of the very English Dr. Who, and it is a great little show to have on Sunday night. Considering Sunday’s used to be the home of the Wonderful World of Disney years ago, about the same time as Lawrence Welk, it feels fitting that an adventure show suitable for family viewing has been scheduled on the same night. Well done TNT.

By Michael Smith

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11 Responses to "The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma (Review)"

  1. wahya signal   December 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

    The Librarians is a new family show. My family sit together every weekend just to watch this show. We love the show. We are all big fans of Christian Kane.

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  2. Michael Smith   December 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    It looks like the folks who are giving this newest TNT offering a “thumbs up” outnumber the ones who are not too impressed! I agree with the ones who say we need more family entertainment like this on the telly! Cheers!

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  3. Sandra   December 16, 2014 at 8:10 am

    It’s fun and should come together now that the pilot (which was a little disjointed) is done and we’re moving into the regular episodes with the regular cast. Something for the whole family.

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  4. Dolores Guerrero   December 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I enjoy watching The Librarians. Full of everything I like action, comedy sci- Fi and my favorite actor/singer Christian Kane. Love a show that takes me away. Nice group of actors. They compliment each other.

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  5. C Kay Johnson   December 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    As always I watch because I think Christian Kane is an amazing actor. He’s a great singer as well. The Librarians and the Horns of Dilemma was fantastic and magical. The show’s 3rd episode brings us closer to the characters and their personalities. The writers and directors of this series are brilliant.

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  6. ydreier   December 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    The Librarians is a must watch for me. Christian Kane fan, Librarian movie fan, I’ve had so much fun watching the show! I can’t say the last time I enjoyed TV so much!

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  7. Louise Shive   December 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    The Librarians is thoroughly entertaining and exciting. So the Minotaur wasn’t perfect in furry form, the tattooed leather version was fabulous. The ensemble cast is developing more chemistry, and the inimitable Christian Kane is still my favorite. And how can you not love Jenkins!

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  8. kandie   December 15, 2014 at 10:45 am

    The show is so fun ! I love it. Innocent family fun.

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  9. _lillipip_ (@_lillipip_)   December 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I loved the Librarians! Episode 3 was even better than the first two. We are getting a glimpse in Christian Kanes character “Jake Stone” very well played!

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  10. Itsalritetho   December 15, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I’m just not feeling this show at all. I don’t get the reaction to it either. It’s just not very good.

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  11. Mary E. Brewer   December 15, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I enjoyed The Librarians very much! Christian Kane brings his own magic to the show! It may be a little cheesy and the FX not top quality it fits in with the show and they the creators mean it to be.. so kick back and have a fun family night with the kids and grandkids each Sunday evening! ♥

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