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“Santa is real?!” – The Librarians, Season 1.
“The things that make life worth living can’t be thought here, they must be felt here?” – Flynn Carsen, The Librarian: The Quest for the Spear (TV movie).
I don’t recommend TV series all that often. In fact, if it’s on film (of sorts), I don’t tend to recommend anything much made after about the year 2000. The Librarians (and the original Librarian TV movies), featuring among others Noah Wyle and Bob Newhart, is a rare exception. I first chanced across the third of the movies a wee while back, catching it midway through. From interest, I went to amazement that they still made things like this, and went and bought all three movies on the strength of it. All of them are jewels waiting to be discovered.
For me, the biggest challenge is how to describe it all without spoiling anything – because to see any of it for the first time is one of those rare pleasures that shouldn’t be taken from us: The best I can do for now is say, what if myth and legend were real? What if running through the histories of King Arthur and Merlin, ancient Greece, the Norse myths, and the like was a vein of truth richer than we dared believe? (What if they’d made a fourth Indiana Jones movie?)
Well, that’s the sort of thing you get with The Librarian movies and, later, The Librarians TV series, roughly. It’s not always “super polished” (and in fact, that’s one of its great charms – not losing itself or the story in things that ultimately don’t really matter that much), it has its faults – though here they’re very human and endearing “imperfections”. I’d tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil even a moment of it for you. And that’s about the highest praise I can give a TV series, these days or any others.