Dave reviews the forthcoming companion novel from TNT's The Librarians. Written by Greg CoxThe Librarians and the Lost Lamp follows Flynn Carsen in 2006 initially in pursuit of a draft of Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the young Librarians going to Las Vegas in 2016. Due to be released October 11th, the first of three books captures the essence of the television series as it places our heroes in danger while at the same time provides an opportunity for the shippers to get excited.

Dave's Book Report Grade: A-

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Showrunner/writer/creator John Rogers explores the multiverse theory of reality as Eve experiences different timelines and different versions of her team after Flynn returns from his search for the missing Library. Any questions we've had about the Librarians' readiness for solo work disappears as the episode's events lead Flynn, Eve, and Jenkins to present the three with diplomas in the form of mini clippings books. But it's the showdown between Galahad and Lancelot that opens the door to a wealth of story possibilities.

Episode Grade: A+
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The Librarians return to high school to investigate strange goings on at the annual STEM fair. Cassandra, Dave, and Wayne relate their experiences as the parents attempt to outdo each other, but it's the revelation of the true identities of Jenkins and the contest's sponsor that highlight the episode. In the end, Cassandra and Stone both provide an understanding ear and some sage advice to two young people on the cusp of adulthood.

Episode Grade: A

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In a departure from previous episodes, the team investigates a missing person's case that turns out to be science related, not magic. With Colonel Baird out of the picture for most of the story, Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Jacob must process the scene and make some of the most difficult choices they've yet faced. Stone's protective wall begins to come down as he falls for one of the locals in a town whose residents have been trapped for 100 years after a Nicolas Tesla experiment went awry.

Episode Grade: Dave A-  Wayne B+
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Someone has woken the dragons and the earthquakes plaguing the world have sent the Librarians into overdrive as they research who or what might be behind this non-magic event. Flynn returns and takes Stone, Cassandra, and Eve with him to Rome to search for a stolen pearl while Jones stays behind at the Annex with Jenkins patiently waiting for his pizza with extra cheese. Needless to say, the theft is only a diversion, and the Apple of Discord provides a window into the worst side of each individual. Except one.

Episode Grade: A
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Arguably one of the finest Christmas episodes to ever air, Cassandra's favorite holiday gets temporarily cancelled when Dulaque (Matt Frewer) kidnaps Santa (Bruce Campbell) in order to steal a year's worth of goodwill. Despite her best efforts, Eve's attitude changes and the others have their Christmas wishes fulfilled. 

Episode Grade: Dave A+  Wayne A+
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Colonel Baird, Stone, and Jones encounter a girl with blood on her clothes wandering down a country lane, but this episode really belongs to Cassandra Cillian who faces her fears head on and ends the day a new woman. In a take off of the House on Haunted Hill story, the House of Refuge never considered that it would be forced to defer to a family of serial killers.

Episode Grade: Dave A   Wayne A-

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For a variety of reasons, TNT aired the episodes out of John Rogers' intended order, so though it actually aired as the sixth episode of season 1, "And the Fables of Doom" was meant to air fourth. Employing the plot device of "weaponized fairy tales," writer Kate Rorick takes viewers on a playful romp as recognizable stories turn dark, and the librarians' personalities become affected providing a look into another side of each. Check out John Rogers' blog for some fascinating insight into each episode. Wayne also talks some Mr. Robot, and Dave runs down some of the show panels at 2016 SDCC.

Episode Grade: Dave A-  Wayne A

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On their own for the first time, the new Librarians find themselves trapped in the Labyrinth which is now being used by the CEO of an agra company to grow the firm's profits. Guest star Tricia Helfer appears as Karen Willis, the CEO, who provides 14 cultic sacrifices each year to appease the minotaur who is still trapped in the maze. 

Episode Grade: A
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We all know that magic exists, but who bears the responsibility for watching over it, keeping it out of the hands of those who look to use it for nefarious means? The Librarians of course. Based on the three TNT movies centered on Noah Wyle's character Flynn Carsen, the new television series adds a guardian and three new librarians that allow Carsen to roam the world in search of the library which has lost its tether. Renewed for a third season, the show is expect to return this winter.

Episode Grade: A
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