That was what the finale brought us: proof that the team, as ragtag as they might appear, is perfect together. And also that Flynn Carson is the most annoying Librarian to ever walk the Earth. That might be just my opinion, though.
Like last week, this week we had two episodes, one of which was the culmination of everything we've seen this season and one that was, while great, a more standalone effort.
"And the City of Light" had as its phenomena a small town that was also the epicenter for weird lights and disappearances. Obviously, it's not aliens — Jenkins is very, very firm on them not existing and Ezekiel is very, very much a believer. Instead it's that the town has been built by king of fictional electric devices, Nikola Tesla. And something went wrong, and the people of the town got caught in a dimensional shift. Except one woman, who hasn't left the town for 100 years trying to fix the problem. Also, the shifted people bodysnatch the living.
The important part of the episode is that, character development wise, it's Stone's turn to shine. He bonds with the woman who hasn't left the small town because he also chose to stay in his, despite his interests pulling him elsewhere. Her experiment to save everyone doesn't really work, it only brings back Baird before overloading and she's lost in the process.
A nice episode, with all the things we're used to seeing in the show.
The season finale, "And the Loom of Fate" was something else entirely. And here's the one major flaw in this show I keep coming back to: Noah Wyle. I just don't care about Flynn, he's arrogant and annoying in a completely un-charming way. And, my god, do Wyle and Rebecca Romijn have less than zero romantic chemistry. The show keeps trying to make everything about Flynn awesome, and I much prefer the little band of misfits working without his condescension and horrible clothing.
There's a bit in the finale where they travel to a new timeline where Stone was the Librarian, and he kisses Baird. And she "nopes" out of it for a solid minute, noping about 50 times. That reaction? Should also be her reaction to Flynn.
We start the whole episode with Flynn asking the team to meet them in a location without once mentioning that it was filled with fucking attacking mummies that he totally knows how to easily defeat. ARGH. The worst. Flynn's the fucking worst.
Anyway, Flynn thinks he can bring back the main Library, which went missing in the premiere. Using all the devices they've collected over the season, except the Labyrinth thread, they open a portal. Only it's not to the Library, it's to the Loom of Fate and the information Flynn used to do that wasn't sent from Jenkins but Dulaque, who wants to cut the loom and get history to reset to Camelot. Good job breaking it, Flynn.
He also kills Lamia as the blood sacrifice to get there, which is a shame because she was kickass.
Dulaque's cutting of the loom fractures time and space, and sends Baird hurtling across timelines. She first comes across Flynn, who did not choose to be the Librarian in this timeline, and is about half as annoying as a result. In that timeline, the Librarian is Stone, who is just struggling to keep the chaos at bay. The magic is wild and monsters roam the earth. With Flynn's help, Stone realizes that a stone circle can be used for teleportation. Stone didn't notice the wrong trees because his specialty is art and history, not science.
"You have a streak in your hair." "Exactly, life got dark!"
The next hop takes them to the universe where Ezekiel is the Librarian. In that universe, Ezekiel didn't quite deal with last week's haunted house and now most of the world is possessed by ghosts. As before, Flynn's knowledge figures out how to deal with the "Deadites," knowledge Ezekiel doesn't have because his area of expertise, as a thief, is technology and security. History? Not so much.
Also: This Deadite sign is my everything.
The final world is, of course, the one where Cassandra is the Librarian. In that universe, Cassandra did use magic to heal her brain grape in the events of the premiere. But also, dragons:
Cassandra has gone full witchy and Lamia, of all people, is her Guardian. She explains that they could re-weave the Loom that Dulaque cut to restart time during Camelot, but they'd need an old, magical string. Like the thread from the Labyrinth.
In every one of the universes, Baird died saving the Library from Dulaque — she took the stabbing Flynn got in the premiere. And since Flynn, with his multiple specialties, isn't the Librarian, and our team isn't working together, there are gaps in everyone's knowledge. Every time they show up in a universe with information, they're told it's fate.
The ball is only in Baird's original timeline, so they need to return. Cassandra can use magic to bring the threads close together and she'll use the rest of the Librarians to anchor the moment. (Sidenote: Flynn has a bit about sailor's rope when they figure it out that is so obnoxious, I want to punch him forever).
They get the thread and go to the loom. Flynn weaves while Baird protects him from Dulaque, who, yes, is Lancelot. You win, everyone who guessed that. I should have accepted the obvious answer as the real one. Mea culpa. He's also de-aged into Jerry O'Connell:
Who was, in his brief scene as Lancelot, was clearly given the direction "You cannot go too big. Seriously, it is impossible for you to go too big with this. Like, Godzilla should look small next to your performance." It is amazing, and so cheesy I want to spread it on crackers.
He also stabs Baird, bringing her destiny of dying for the Librarian to fruition in every universe.
Jenkins, who is Galahad (at least I got that one right), shows up to battle Lancelot while Flynn re-weaves the loom. He, in his typical fashion, gives the "Really? Wild magic, cruel kings, mad wizards? Yes. It was a pip," response to Lancelot's assertion that the world was better place in Camelot's time.
Time fixes itself, and Flynn uses her blood to open a portal to the main library and give her a potion in it that saves her. The season ends with Flynn back in the Library with Baird as his Guardian. Ezekiel, Stone, and Cassandra each get mini-versions of the clippings book that sent them on their journeys, so they can continue as Librarians back out in the world. Some for their own areas of expertise, some as a team. Ezekiel and Stone mean to take some time, but end up joining Cassandra in Lima, Peru, anyway.
The other thing that we learn is that, yes, everything the team did was to fight Dulaque's plan. Like fate. Baird kept her memory because she'd already done a similar time jumping thing when she helped Santa. Which, Baird points out, wasn't a case assigned by "fate"/the book, but by Jenkins. See? John Larroquette, not-so-secret hero of the whole show.
The theme of the episode was clearly to reinforce just how much our team needs each other, which came across very well. Where they were the Librarian, they were missing some vital knowledge the rest of the team has. Of course, the other theme was that Flynn is the perfect Librarian because he has so many fields of knowledge, and was always going to save the day even when he had run away from the job the first time. This would be a much more solid partner to the first theme if we'd spent a little bit more time in this show seeing Flynn as something other than a dude who swans in spouting information, smirking, talking about how awesome he and everything he does is, before swanning out again.
Because the whole episode was focused around the timeline conceit, we actually spent much less time fighting Dulaque and his plan than the build-up all season made me think we would. And, since the banter in our team is one of the show's strengths, splitting them up lost us that, too. Which I guess is like meta-reinforcement of the episode's theme.
I am going to miss this show now that the season's over. It was the kind of unrestrained romp genre shows are lacking right now. The first episode actually, because of the focus on mystical science and Tesla, was the most Warehouse 13-y episode yet, and I actually found myself not missing that show but wanting more Librarians episodes written that well.
The team's a joy, the use of mythology/science/history/everything is very fun, the show's packed with Easter eggs, and John Larroquette should never leave our screens. I hope to see the show again in a year. Maybe Flynn will either be around more, and be forced to have a personality I don't hate, or less, as the team travels on their own. Either way, we'll see what's next.