Season 2 of the Librarians certainly ended strong. The Librarians and the Final Curtain is a conglomerate of everything the series does well, and effectively ties up all the season’s loose ends.
The episode begins as the team realizes Prospero’s plan to turn the world into a giant forest. This seems random, because, as Moriarty points out, The Tempest mentions nothing of Prospero’s dendrophilia, although Shakespeare himself was obsessed with their harmony and serenity. This is the first bit of foreshadowing in a masterfully executed plot twist that viewers just didn’t see coming.
Next, Flynn decides that the most efficient way to beat Prospero is to travel back to the 17th century and meet his maker to find the key to stopping him. The gang venture into the Time Machine Room, which houses all the time machines ever made. Certain famous time machines have cameos in this scene, including a wink of T.A.R.D.I.S blue and some white windows. Clearly, the producers saw their chance, and they took it.
Eve and Flynn travel to the year 1611, leaving Jenkins and the gang at the Annex to take over should they not return. In theory, the pair should be back at the Annex five seconds after they leave (from the perspective of the team), and then they fail to return, the Librarians reluctantly get to work.
This stems the idea of having both plotlines running parallel; past and present, with a common goal. This works spectacularly thanks to smooth transitions, and the ability of Eve and Flynn to communicate with the team through clues left across five hundred years.
While in Shakespearean England, Flynn and Eve work with Moriarty (he’s a good guy now, it happened) to bring down Moriarty. The episode’s best scene was, without a doubt, Flynn’s superfluous and awful audition as Hamlet. It was the best thing. Although the references to Shakespearean text were clever and accurate, I can’t say the same for the accents. The logic of Moriarty’s “British” accent being more believable than Flynn’s is simply flawed, when one considers that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s English was very different than Shakespeare’s; Moriarty’s anachronistic accent would be just as foreign as an American one. But maybe I’m nitpicking.
The rest of the episode includes a whirlwind of action, including what is likely TV’s most touching exorcism, the death of a Fictional (wait…they can’t die, they can only face banishment…right?), an exciting nod to Arthurian myth, the rebirth of Cal and a 500-year long kiss.
As enjoyable and witty as season 2 was, it seems as though 10 episodes is simply not enough. Can’t wait for season 3!