DVD Review: The Librarians
If you’ve never seen Noah Wyle in his trilogy of b-grade TV films, The Librarian, then you’ve missed out on some great campy fun, action and adventure. But fear not, because the films have now spawned a TV show spinoff, aptly named The Librarians. The pluralisation is important.
The premise of the original film was like this: Flynn Carson is a thirty year old professional student with 22 degrees. Call him Uber-nerd. Booted out of his archaeological dig, he’s invited to join The Metropolitan Library, only to find that the job requires more than checking books in and out. It’s more a hunter for relics, ala Lara Croft, but with the heroes who can’t fight his way out of a paper bag. So the Library (because the Library is more than just a building) sends along a beautiful martial arts expert to protect him.
The TV series The Librarians follows a similar line, except that their is only supposed to be one Librarian at any one time. But in a nasty twist of fate, an evil organisation has started killing off all the other applicants for the job that Flynn took. In a effort to save the last few, Flynn and his newly appointed protector Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn) rush out to find, and gather in the last three applicants, who The Library then decides can become the first ever group of Librarians in training, freeing Flynn to go off and do a much more important mission.
This of course gives a TV show where the implied star is only present for a handful of shows. Lucky then that this new breed of Librarians are more than capable of delivering good old fashioned action and adventure, with a heavy degree of cheese. More of a guilty pleasure than high drama, but it’s a refreshingly silly show amidst a slew of darker TV dramas that seem to be populating our TVs of late.