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TV Review: THE LIBRARIANS: Season 1, Episode 6: And the Fables of Doom [TNT]

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TNT’s The Librarians And the Fables of Doom TV Show Review. The Librarians: Season 1, Episode 6: And the Fables of Doom, places the Librarians in a real life fairy tale danger zone. Can the team figure out how to stop these fairy tales from coming to life before it’s too late?

Episode 6 opens with a big bang. Trolls, big bad wolves…pretty cool stuff. I have to admit the first five episodes have been shaky. One thing that is not in question is that this show is fun. The situations The Librarians find themselves in are usually over the top but the ride is enjoyable. My problem has been how they execute each episode. We get the show is not supposed to be serious but even in good humor there is always room for quality performances. When Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) took a leave of absence, you could tell right away there were some issues with the characters he left the show to. The two actors, Eve Baird (Rebecca Rominj) and Ezekiel Jones (John Kim) had the biggest challenge and are still fighting to sell their characters.

I pointed out early on that Rebecca Rominj was very flat in her characterization of Eve. I also noticed I wasn’t the only one who was feeling this. I mention that to make sure it is not perceived that there is a bias towards her. Everything hinges on performance. Starting out Noah Wyle sets the pace and feel for the show and leaves Rominj’s character in charge. Over the course of the last few episodes, I can see she is really making an effort to inject more humor into her character. In Episode 6, Rebecca has finally stepped up to where she needs to be. She took some chances and was pretty funny in this episode. Hats off to her.

Cassandra Cillian (Lindy booth) and Jake Stone (Christian Kane) both delivered some decent performances in this episode. Both actors improving and making a serious effort to sell their characters. It’s almost as if the writers realized having Cassandra fall back on her visual fx gift too much would do more harm than good. I think this is a good bet. Cassandra was funnier in this episode and ended up with an interesting twist I think viewers will appreciate. Who knew Jake could throw an axe with such conviction?

Even Jenkins (John Larroquette) in this episode injected some very humorous moments. This man is still being under used in this series. His comedic talent cannot be matched by anyone on the show. I hope to see him get more screen time. It will help balance things out. For now he is a growing comedic presence and it’s working.

With the delivery for the good there will be some bad. Once again Ezekiel walks through an episode and doesn’t deliver in the performance department. I’m starting to think his direction and some of the writing may be at fault too. When a character gives us the same performance again and again showing no emotional shift, it’s basically saying nothing has happened for the character…emotionally or otherwise. His character isn’t growing and is stuck in place. Some will write his performances off but they are relevant. The challenge is to see the differences between the characters and see how they find ways to bridge their differences and come together as a team. Ezekiel has not grown and has the same demeanor from beginning to the end of an episode. I’m not sure how a character can grow with this happening. He is reading like he just doesn’t care about anything nor does he want anything. The other characters are making an effort and we can see it. Fortunately this episode was creative and fun. So the lack of performance on Kim’s part didn’t ruin the episode. It does leave an empty space at a time when the show is speeding toward the season finale’ finish line. This could be a good or bad thing especially if they want to see this show get a second season.

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Brian Fire

Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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