The Librarians: And the Dark Secret, And the Steal of Fortune
Original air date: December 13th, 2017
In the opening two episodes of the fourth season we deal with Greek and Roman mythology. And the Dark Secret deals with four of the nine Muses and one Nicole Noone (Guest star Rachel Nichols, previously played by Sonya Walger). Noone previously appeared in The Librarian: Quest for the Spear; she was thought to be dead (from a time-machine explosion), but really was thrown back in time 500 years. In the time leading up to now, she managed to steal an immortality artifact and a few other things to keep herself around, she says to see Flynn again, but Jenkins says immortality has twisted her and that is why she is locked in a secret dungeon, in the Library.
Whether she is good or bad, they need her help stop John Noble from going all Thanos on the world. John Noble guest stars as Monsignor Vega, the head of a heretic Catholic sect, the Order of Shadows. Their purpose is to find four stones (corner, not infinity) hidden around the world, bring them together and materialize the Library of Alexandria (the first magical library) thus destroying it and keeping all of its information hidden. Noone cryptically tells the Librarians where to find the stones (She doesn’t seem to be bothered by urgency) and sends the Librarians out with little time to beat the Order of Shadows.
This is where the Muses come into play, The Library of Alexandria (built 3rd century BC, in Alexandria, Egypt) was dedicated to the Muses (all nine, but since this is an hour show, they only mention the three Boeotian Muses.) First Melete, Muse of Mediation (or in the show thought), symbolized by water—thus hidden by Niagara Falls. The second muse, Aeode (or Aiode) is the muse of song, hence the Librarians find a cornerstone at the Paris Opera House. Fun fact: the song being sung at the opera house, from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Better suited maybe for the Euterpe (associated with the Greek Flute), just saying. Finally, Mneme the Muse of Memory, the final corner stone is hidden by Lake Maracaibo because the Muse of Memory was born of Lightning. Lake Maracaibo is famous for an atmospheric phenomenon—Catatumbo lightning. It has lightning about 260 days a year.
So, all this leads up to a standoff between the Church and the Library. The cornerstones are put together, opening a vortex and the Library of Alexandria starts becoming physical. Why? Because Noone helped Monsignor Vega– but once it was opened, she threw a cornerstone into the vortex. This made the whole thing implode, sucking in Vega and Noone. Flynn rescues Noone and she runs off. I’m sure we will see her again this season, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Vega again.
In the next episode, the Librarians must deal with Lady Luck, or Fortuna the Roman Goddess of fortune and the personification of luck. In the show, she gained power by absorbing luck from people, leaving them with only bad luck. This led to some cute slapstick moments, and I love how “cheating” broke the spell, and I love, loved Cassandra’s go at the Roulette Wheel. I found this episode to be slightly more entertaining than the first. It was chalked-full of the goofiness that is the endearing quality of the show.
I think however they are setting up the season for some serious strife. These two episodes had at the heart them, the unhappiness of the Librarians. Ezekiel bought up a good point when he asked, “What else is the Library not telling us?” Baird brought up the point an institution is only as good as the people that work for it. To me this means they can change how things are done. Jenkins said the prophecy was fulfilled when they destroyed Apep. Everything from here on in is new territory—so why must things be done how they were? We learn that Baird and Flynn are going to bind themselves to the Library in a tethering ceremony—and Flynn is having some doubts (but of course isn’t really talking about it). What if they don’t have to? What if tethering the Library to the real world could be done by cultivating relationships outside the library? Just, you know, some good old work/life balance. Time will tell I suppose.