28 February 2017
Today’s Top Picks:
My top pick for this week is The Librarians.
The Librarians is an interesting pick, as it originated as a series of made for television films, before being turned into a television show. Starring Noah Wyle, The Librarians started as three films about a main character, Flynn Carsen (aka the Librarian), who collects and protects ancient and magical artifacts. He often has to travel to dangerous places and face many foes in order to keep the artifacts out of the wrong hands.
In the first film, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004), we are introduced to Flynn Carsen when he is hired by the Metropolitan Public Library. Throughout the film, Carsen embarks on a journey of self-discovery while on the hunt for a piece of The Spear of Destiny—after it is stolen from the library.
The second film in the series, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines (2006), finds Flynn Carsen on a new quest. This time, he is searching for King Solomon’s Mines. Along the way, Carsen is again tested with who he can and cannot trust, all while trying to find precious artifacts.
Flynn Carsen is suffering from a series of strange dreams in the final film in the series, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008). He follows these dreams to New Orleans, where, yet again, he uncovers a conspiracy and struggles to figure out whom he can trust. This time, Carsen is searching for the Judas Chalice, a most sacred artifact.
After three films, it appeared that the Librarian’s story was complete—until 2014 that is. A television series began, following not only Flynn Carsen this time, but a whole group of interesting characters. Acting as a sort of sequel, you don’t technically need to see the films first, but I definitely think it would help with some of the underlying aspects of the Librarian and the Library itself.
In the television show—3 seasons in—we follow Colonel Eve Baird, Jacob Stone, Cassandra Cillian, Ezekiel Jones, and Jenkins, as they discover more about the Library and must find their place within it. Flynn Carsen does make appearances throughout, however, he is not the central character this time around. We focus on the others as they must recover artifacts and try to save the Library—and subsequently, the world.
If you haven’t seen The Librarians I would definitely check it out—if not the movies, at least the television show. Let me know if you’ve watched it or if you plan on checking it out!