In The Librarians “And the Hollow Men,” we, sigh, spent most of the time on Flynn and Baird’s relationship with him. An electron microscope could not find how little I care about either.

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Last night’s episode started with both the Librarian team and Flynn running into each other while hunting down a Sumerian artifact. Since they’re meant to be working on Prospero and he’s meant to be hunting down missing artifacts, this coincidence is clearly a trap. Their meet-up does give me the one image I will cherish forever: Baird kicking the crap out of an armored Flynn:

Anyway, everyone falls victim to Pan’s pipes, which put everyone to sleep. When they wake up, Flynn is gone and in the hands of someone with a very powerful voice and a severe case of amnesia. He needs the artifact they were looking for—the Eye of Zarathustra—to find a temple and a staff which will give him his knowledge back. Flynn figures out that he’s the spirit of the library, and the severing of him from the physical building is what’s been causing all the problems this season.

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Meanwhile, Baird has teamed up with Moriarty to find them—she wants Flynn, he wants the staff. In the process, he tells her that he wanted to partner with Sherlock Holmes, but Holmes was always flitting off to do something different and new, while he wanted to build something. Which is just like her and Flynn, do you get it?

Back at the annex, Jenkins, Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone are all trying to keep the Library from dying. In another part of the episode I really liked—must be the theater nerd in me—Jenkins uses all the bulbs from ghost lights to keep it alive. Ghost lights, if you aren’t a giant theater dork like me, are the single bulbs in the center of a stage that’s left on even when the rest of a theater is dark. In Jenkins’ explanation, the ghost light’s purpose is to absorb all the life generated by people going to see a show. When they’re full up, the bulbs end up in the Library. So they use that life to keep the Library alive.

At the end of the day, Moriarty escapes with the staff of knowledge (Since Zoroastrianism didn’t have anything to do with the actual plot, Zarathustra might as well be a 2001: A Space Odyssey shout-out as a historical one), Baird puts her and Flynn on hold, Flynn decides to hunt down Prospero, and the Library is healed.

All of which is fine, but not nearly as fun to watch as last week’s. Or even as interesting, character-wise, as what Cassandra went through last week. It may be a personal taste thing, but I always feel like Flynn shows up and derails any forward motion that the team is having in favor of whatever he does.


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