The Librarians and the Fables of Doom
The Librarians find themselves in a town where fairy tales are coming to life, and they must find out what is causing it before they meet a "fatal, yet interesting" end.
In this week’s episode, “The Librarians and the Fables of Doom,” the show finally seems to be hitting its stride and getting back to its quirky and fun roots. In past reviews, I’ve complained about the lack of witty dialogue and connection to the characters, but it looks like the show is coming together, and I have to say this is definitely the best episode of the season so far.
Taking place in the fortuitously named town of Bremen, episode 6 finds the librarianettes in a place where the strange things that keep happening are strangely familiar. A troll under a bridge, a naked mayor who doesn’t seem to know it, and a giant white wolf attacking people while wearing a frilly pink night cap all lead to the conclusion that, as Eve puts it, “someone has weaponized fairy tales.”
After some discussion with Jenkins, it’s discovered that he has an interesting take on snack machines, and that another magical artifact has resurfaced in the hands of the local librarian who isn’t quite as harmless as he first appears. The Libris Fabula, which can bring any story to life for a price, is responsible for everything. Unfortunately, the price the book is demanding is the life of the sheriff’s daughter, Jamie.
Of course, each of our heroes has a part to play as they get drawn into the fairy tales. Jacob, the huntsman, is able to randomly produce axes and wild fowl. Cassandra, the prince, is so charming that people follow her without question and seem to be falling over each other to buy her drinks and fries. Eve, the princess, has very pretty hair and some impressively tall heels, and Ezekiel, the rogue, is pretty much his normal, loveable self except with a little more luck.
In the end it becomes clear that, in order to save the town, the story will have to be changed. Ezekiel gives the Libris Fabula to Jamie and she starts to tell the story her way. Jake the woodsman is suddenly a robot, Eve becomes a ninja princess, and Cassandra is really Merlin disguised as Prince Charming. The evil librarian is sucked into the book, allowing everyone to live happily ever after.
In a final twist, viewers are left wondering if Cassandra has somehow managed to keep the magical powers given to her in the story, and we have to wonder what that could mean further into the season.
Though I continue to consider this a family show, I will say that I’m disappointed with some of the choices the writers are making. So far, they seem to be focusing on Ezekiel, the thief, as the show’s moral center. While Jacob generally appears to be the most wholesome/noble character, whenever the librarians encounter a magical object Ezekiel is the only person who tends to be unaffected because he is already pretty honest about who he is.
While this can be taken several ways, it is also troubling from a Christian view. By choosing to focus on the most morally ambiguous character as the only one who is genuine, the show encourages the belief that people should act however they want without concern for the way other people feel. Add to that his typically arrogant attitude, and he’s definitely not a character I would consider a role model.
Another choice that I found questionable was the possible inclusion of a homosexual character. Though it’s not actually confirmed, the dialogue and the casting of Cassandra in the role of the prince in the fairy tales is an indication that her character could be heading in that direction. While there was nothing overt said, the only people showing Cassandra extra attention were female and her comment, “I will miss all the girls buying me drinks,” at the end of the show is indicative that this could be the direction that her character will be heading.
Even with all the other shows that feature homosexual main characters, it saddens me that such a thing would be included in a family show when it does nothing to either further the plot or develop the character. The decision to advance the idea of Cassandra’s sexuality seems aimed more at a ratings grab and possible controversy than for any other reason.
Language – None
Violence – Comic/fairy tale violence with minimal blood (killing the big bad wolf)
Occult references – Magic is both used and discussed, fairy tales coming to life
Nudity – The mayor appears in the nude without knowing it (Emperor’s New Clothes) and his backside is shown, blurred out, as he leaves
+ Great dialogue with some memorable lines
+ The cast finally has great chemistry together
+ Jenkins explanation of snack machines is great
- I'm pretty sure this was a Supernatural episode in season 3
- Questions about Cassandra's sexuality are unnecessary