The Librarians: And the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Original air date: December, 11th 2016
This week the Librarians and their Guardian square off against the Reaper. In this case, the Reaper is a magical assassin called forth by another magic-wielder to take someone out. Eve is the target of this hit which brings up the question: If the Guardian protects the Librarians, who protects the Guardian? Tied to the Reaper is a Prophecy cube, an object that shows a person’s future (If you couldn’t guess from the name) and becomes the means of instigating self-fulfilling prophecies. The example used in the episode: The Oracle of Delphi forged a prophecy cube for King Acrisius and it showed his grandson, Perseus (of killing Medusa fame), would kill him. So Acrisius tried to kill Perseus and it didn’t work. Being all resentful, Perseus went and killed Acrisius—thus creating a self-fulfilling the prophecy.
Knowing this, Eve still uses the cube and sees her death. The only way to keep a self-fulfilling prophecy from coming to fruition is to have an outside force interfere or to create a greater event that trumps said prophecy. Eve’s hit was created by The Oracle of Delphi to trump her own prophesied death. Why? Well it seems Eve is destined for big things.
Eve isn’t about to let this happen, so she uses a compact mirror to Morse code a message to Jenkins. She saw herself die in the Library, so she uses an outside source (Jenkins) to throw the prophecy cube (yeah, they end up in a cube) out of the Library. The prophecy cube explodes releasing those inside. Eve escapes her death and the Reaper claims the life of The Oracle.
Eve thought the compact she used was a gift from Flynn, but it turns out it is an artifact from the Library. Who protects the Guardian? The Library does.
Now there is one thing that really bugged me about the episode—it’s small, but I need to get it off my chest. They kept putting the swim goggles on upside down. There I said it, moving on.
In mythology, Perseus does kill Acrisius, but it was on accident. Basically, The Oracle told Acrisius his grandson would kill him, so he tried to keep his daughter a virgin (Zeus messed that up), and he then threw his daughter and grandson into the ocean (a fisherman saved them). After that Acrisius went into exile to escape death. One day Perseus was in a sporting competition (where Acrisius happened to be) and threw (some say discus others say he was playing quoits) an object that hit and killed Acrisius. This too shows the way self-fulfilling prophecies work; I guess the writers of this episode did it a little more succinctly.
I do like the imagery the show used around the mythology. Inside the cube, the head of Medusa on the door and Zeus’ challenge were nods to Perseus. I think it should have been more centered around Apollo, as he is the one that allegedly spoke through The Oracle, and it was her cube after all.
The episode enlightens us to some key information—Eve is destined for some big stuff. I am guessing something to do with the showdown between good and evil, and she is not going at it alone. The Library has her back. As a stand-alone episode, I don’t think it was the strongest of the season. I do think Eve will grow a little from the experience, as she has been so focused on unlocking the true potential of the Librarians; I think this might help her find her potential.
Since the first episode we haven’t seen anything from D.O.S.A., and I really want them to pop back up. Ezekiel hacked their computers last week and they were briefly mentioned this week, but what I want to see is Rockwell (Vanessa Williams) square off against Eve. It should provide some great entertainment.