After The Librarians‘ inaugural season, I had my doubts about whether the show would be worth exploring any further. Sure, it showed potential, but in my opinion it seemed a bit too flat at times. However, I’d decided that if a second season was launched, I’d try to be open minded. I’m pretty happy with that decision, because so far, I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
The first two episodes (And the Drowned Book, And the Broken Staff) are already better than what I’ve seen in season one. The villains are badder, the character chemistry is improving, and the plots seem to be a little more outside the box (which is something this show will need in order to establish some longevity).
Rather than doing the expected with just the typical historical or mythological tone, the season two premiere kicks things off with a more . . . fictional approach. Shall we say . . . Shakespeare? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Sounds good already, doesn’t it? If you haven’t watched yet, I won’t give much away. I’ll just say that David S. Lee is far more entertaining to watch than Matt Frewer and leave it at that.
One of the important themes so far has to do with the necessity of team work. The Librarians need to remember that, while clever and resourceful on their own, they are stronger when they put their heads together. And they need each other, not only as colleagues, but as friends.
As I’ve already mentioned, I can see the lead roles beginning to gel more. The family-like bond they’re developing as a team of gifted misfits is convincing, and the way they bicker and banter like siblings (or in Eve Baird and Flynn Carson’s case, like a married couple) seems more natural and endearing.
Particularly where Eve (Rebecca Romijn) is concerned, I can see her becoming less one dimensional and more relatable. I think the love interest between her and Flynn (Noah Wyle) adds a complexity and freshness to her character that I think was very much needed. Her personality is coming into focus more, and I like what I’m seeing.
My purpose in writing this review, though, is to not only focus on season two and how the show is stepping it up, but to shine a light on a key element that has been consistent throughout the series. While I wasn’t exactly nuts about The Librarians‘ previous season, one thing I definitely applauded was how wholesome it was. So far, that standard has carried over into the current season, and I hope it continues to do so.
I believe The Librarians series could have a huge opportunity here. In a way, I think it has the potential to be a game changer when it comes to TV entertainment. In spite of the reservations I had about it’s first season, I actually hoped that The Librarians would be renewed. Why? Because people are watching it.
Let me explain.
The Librarians is the cleanest contemporary live action TV drama that I have seen in quite some time. No innuendo, hardly any profanity, no sexual promiscuity or deviance, no pointless violence. This is a show that parents can watch with their kids and not feel embarrassed. That is huge.
Not only is The Librarians wholesome, it is also lighthearted. I think that is a big part of its appeal. It’s refreshing because it’s entertaining without incorporating really stress-inducing suspense. There is suspense, for sure, but not to the point that you’re sweating and on the brink of a heart attack. Life has enough stress and uncertainty as it is. It’s nice to be able to enjoy a program once in a while that isn’t as dark or emotionally overwhelming as so many other shows out there.
The Librarians is good for modern television. It proves that you don’t need tons of violence, sex, forceful amoral agendas, or lots of bad language to keep people watching. All you need is creativity and imagination. I was impressed by how many viewers were begging for a new season. The demand is there. There are many viewers who are craving wholesome, upbeat, classy entertainment, more than I think those in the entertainment industry wish to acknowledge.
The onus is on the folks running The Librarians to continue delivering. Maybe, just maybe, this can set a precedent. Perhaps The Librarians, if it continues to maintain this level of appropriateness, can inspire other networks and producers to introduce more TV dramas with no garbage. How awesome would that be?