The Librarians: And the Fatal Separation
Original air date: January 15th, 2017
Well, this was not my favorite episode. Don’t get me wrong, the episode itself is great, but I have such strong feelings shows how amazing this series is and can be. There are fun fight scenes, ninjas, we see the newly renovated Shangri-La, and it had Charlene. Ernie Reyes Jr. as the Monkey King was awesome. I am just super upset with Eve. I will admit I get way too into shows, but that it appears she is even considering betraying the Librarians feels like a betrayal to my soul.
I have been waiting for the Eve versus General Cynthia Rockwell showdown—but this is not what I had in mind. General Rockwell is Eve’s mentor and superior officer. She pulls rank and tells Eve she is a sleeper agent. Rockwell credits herself for putting Eve and Flynn together—like she knows how the Library works? I think she is making it all up and Eve is just drinking the Kool-Aid. How would Rockwell know Eve would be chosen as the Guardian? Is Apep feeding her information and lies? I believe Rockwell believes the Librarians are evil—but why? Why, Librarians, why?
Then there was Charlene, who came back only to move on from this dimension—rip my heart out, just rip it out. She had been hiding-out as the prisoner of Lam, a collector of rare and unusual artifacts—think there is an infinity stone in his collection? Charlene helps Flynn and Jacob get the staff of Shangri-La back to the Monkey king and keep him in charge of Shangri-La. It is her last outing as a Guardian and when they are back at the Library, Jenkins performs the ceremony to separate her from the Library. She is choosing to do this to keep the her knowledge out of the hands of Apep. Jenkins confesses his love for Charlene right before the ceremony (great timing) and she tells him basically to suck it up. She loves Judson and is about to be reunited with him. Jenkins seemed to handle it well… maybe now he is open to the idea of a new relationship?
While Flynn, Jacob and Charlene saved Shangri-La, Cassandra and Ezekiel went to save Eve. She left with them, but I have a feeling it is only to do Rockwell’s bidding. Maybe Rockwell is the one using magic on Eve? I mean really would Cassandra and Ezekiel go to all that trouble to save someone if they were so evil? To save Eve, Cassandra uses her gift and controlled it—which seemed a problem at the beginning of the episode. I am glad she is adapting so quickly. I have a feeling everyone will need to be at their best to defeat Apep.
Maybe I am over reacting. Eve could just be playing along with Rockwell (I hope), to turn the tables and be a sleeper agent inside D.O.S.A. Just because Rockwell is Eve’s mentor, doesn’t mean Eve must follow her orders. However, Rockwell was right about Flynn keeping secrets—two months have passed since the last episode, and he had ample opportunity to tell her about the Eye of Ra. Then again, maybe he did; maybe we as the audience are being kept in the dark for dramatic effect. In that case, it is working—you should hear how hard I am typing the keyboard. I am also curious as to what Charlene whispered to Eve—was it about D.O.S.A? Was it something to do with Flynn? Will we find out next week?
I am very intrigued by what happened to Jacob. The one Librarian that is really opposed to using magic, was just given a magic gift that can’t be taken back. It is the gift of “inner soul”: Jacob can, “bring light where there is only darkness”. Does that mean possibly he will be able to bring a soul back to its body? For example, Flynn after he uses the Eye of Ra. Ugh! Next Sunday seems so far away!
Oh! Some fun facts for you (well, I think they are fun). Ninjas didn’t dress the way they are generally depicted. They sometimes wore navy blue at night, but were spies so usually dressed to blend in. How they are now shown was from costumes created in Kabuki theater. A female ninja is called a Kunoichi. Ninjas though associated with Japan, have Chinese ancestry—Tang generals and monks fleeing to Japan brought new fighting styles and philosophies with them. The mythological Monkey King (Sun Wukong) originated in the Song dynasty, but was made popular by the novel Journey to the West (Xi You Ji) in the 16th century and is based on the real-life monk Xuan Zang. I would say loosely based, as I doubt he was born from a magic stone that became an egg, that then turned into a walking, super-strength stone monkey.