The Librarians: And a Town Called Feud
Original air date: January 17th, 2018
One quick question—did anyone else get the heebie-jeebies from those ghosts? I settled in to enjoy the show last night and had to turn the lights back on. Ghosts with glowing eyes—freaks me out. It could be because as a child I was convinced there was a ghost with glowing eyes staring at me through my window (my adult brain says it was probably an animal, but stuff like that stays with you). I never thought I would get goosebumps watching The Librarians, but there you go…
“Brother against brother”, is practically the official slogan for the American Civil War. I loved how The Librarians took that and flipped it on its head. (Way to go episode writer Tom MacRae!) A ghost story they thought they knew the ending to, turned out to be an even better story—a story of forgiveness. The livelihood of this small town was thought to be dependent on propagating the story of the Loveday brothers hating and killing one another on the battlefield. The Loveday Museum curator, Janet Hedge (Nora Dunn) altering and hiding facts to keep the story alive, seems very pertinent to today’s social climate. When the truth was outed, and the town found out what really happened—did I get teary-eyed? You betcha! Maybe it was just because the ghost eyes stopped glowing, or maybe because forgiveness is a story we rarely hear about.
This episode perfectly demonstrated how quickly hate can spread and how slow people are to forgive. Hate is such a powerful force, and it can make people do some crazy things. Forgiveness, it seems, is sometimes considered a weakness—seeing the Loveday brothers at the end, seeing their reasons for not fighting, seeing their families, was a beautiful moment and a great reminder: “That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate; saving what we love.” (Sorry, I’m not sorry, that there is a Star Wars reference in almost every review.)
I also enjoyed that the episode showed that Ezekiel and Jake bicker, but it isn’t coming from hate, it is coming from being a family. Family doesn’t always get along, (look at the Lovedays) but that doesn’t mean they don’t still love each other. Jake and Ezekiel were chosen by the brothers for that reason. They will get angry at one another, tease one another, but at the end of the day they love one another. Families come in all shapes and sizes; I don’t know if ‘normal’ exists except as a personal ideal. Which makes me wonder, will the family the Library created with its Caretaker, the Librarians, and their Guardian, be enough for all involved?
Everyone involved is going back and forth on whether there should be only one Librarian. Cassandra and Jenkins found the letters between the brothers that were dual Librarians—their selfishness and putting their needs first, is what led to their demise (and the Dark Ages). Seems, reader Mary E Brewer was right about the full commitment is what is needed to be the ‘one’ Librarian. Or, it is needed by everyone to keep their roles—if they know why multiple Librarians failed, couldn’t they change that? I could see the season ending with them all giving up their roles as Librarian in a selfless act, only to have the Library invite them back—giving up the position, letting go of pride and ego, might be the step they all need to take to truly become Librarians. I want to know if they could all be tethered to the Library?