The Librarians: And the Horns of a Dilemma
December 14, 2014 9:38 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

The Librarians' first solo mission hits a snag when Baird loses the others in a magical labyrinth that exists below a skyscraper.
posted by oh yeah! (8 comments total)
This was better than the pilot episodes? I think? Mostly?

Although that minotaur gods.
posted by PussKillian at 8:16 AM on December 15, 2014

I really want to like this show, but they're making that hard to do.
posted by Arbac at 10:40 AM on December 15, 2014

Yeah, sadly not much of an improvement over the pilot. The characters are either actively annoying or just dull (aside from Larroquette, he managed to sell a little comedy).
posted by oh yeah! at 7:42 PM on December 15, 2014

This episode felt like they were trying to channel Supernatural.

My previous comment stands; stop doing what you think will up numbers, and do what you want to do.

But, meh, after 3 episodes I'm not sold on the writers, at all. Nor the director. Such a waste of talent. Feel sorry for Rebecca Romjin for terrible role/lines. Not sold that the token Asian can/will be more than token Asian. Maybe there's a dearth of Asians who can act.

I do like most of the 3D special effects illustrating the physics savant's mental visualization of physics. John Larroquette is a pleasant surprise, though. I was first introduced to him from Night Court but wasn't impressed with much of his work afterwards. Not terribly impressed here, but he either got a non-terrible written part or had the irreverence to give the role more than it deserves. Christian Kane hamming his "I'm dumb" look is getting really annoying in contrast to his "I'm Daryl from The Walking Dead" moments.

Filming looks like it's (mostly?) in Vancouver, so neat trying to figure out where scenes were shot.
posted by porpoise at 9:33 PM on December 16, 2014

I enjoyed it. I didn't love it. Was pleasantly surprised with the guest appearance of Tricia Helfer as the lady in charge, as I just watched her in Ascension and figured it'd be a while before she appeared again.

To a degree, to me, it felt a lot more like a Leverage episode than anything else. They literally went back to Boston and had to infiltrate a corporate office and then improvise a way to overcome the obstacle they found, while going after a mcguffin that would solve the day and end the problem.

I appreciated they dealt with what's her name's betrayal some (a'ight, I haven't remembered their names yet, boo), rather than just move on and say, "They're a team now!" I liked "Brain Grape" and "Please don't call the tumor in my head that will someday kill me, brain grape! We're not calling it that!"

The minotaur. Well. He got shot in the crotch. There's that.

I'll tune in to the next episode.
posted by Atreides at 7:43 AM on December 22, 2014

I think the Leverage-ness of the evil Boston corporation plot made Ezekiel & Cassandra more annoying to me, in comparison with the memory of the great Hardison/Parker/Eliot OT3. (But I'm still watching, dammit. New thread posted now.)
posted by oh yeah! at 5:34 PM on December 22, 2014 [1 favorite]

John Rogers' episode 101-103 answer post

Porpoise - filming is in Portland, not Vancouver. I assume they're using the same studio they used for Leverage, since they've got access to all the old props & sets.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:07 AM on January 1, 2015

I did enjoy the sliding-through-the-legs-while-shooting-up moment. And the Minotaur-as-biker, for whatever reason.

It had that second episode awkwardness of "they're not ready and I'm in the military so I don't know how to deal with those who take orders!" Also I usually like Tricia Helfer but she seemed off here.

Christian Kane playing dumb is not my favorite thing, but I guess they gotta distinguish.
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