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'The Librarians' season finale recap: Fate is what we make of it

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “And the Loom of Fate” | Aired Jan 18, 2015

In the season finale of The Librarians, the Librarian and the Guardian jump timelines. Eve and Flynn see what might have been had Flynn never taken the job or Jake, Ezekiel, or Cassandra been chosen as the sole Librarian.

The setup: Flynn has sent the Librarians a message to meet him in an Egyptian tomb, where they fight off mummies. He makes his entrance by grabbing the right medallion to reduce the mummies to sand. Honey, I’m home! Flynn believes he has figured out how to anchor the Library back to their reality, and the sarcophagus holds the key. Quick, to the Annex!

The plan: There’s an interdimensional doorway in the pyramids, much like the Annex doorway, that leads to the Void where the Library is stashed. The sarcophagus is carved with the equations to access that door, equations too big even for Cassandra’s brain. It may re-anchor the Library to the Annex, but only if Flynn can find a reality-altering guide linked to a dimensional-shifting device, along with some kind of software that interfaces with magic to do the math to make up for not having an actual pyramid. As Flynn puts it, “You have anything like that lying around?”

Actually, they do: They have the reality-altering storybook to power the magic, software from Morgan le Fay to do the math, and Tesla’s dimensional stabilizer to hold it together. Plus the ball of twine from the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Turns out the Clippings Book was sending the Librarians after the items they’d need all along. They hook it all up, but find the equation needs to be read like a story. “Once upon a time …”

The Librarians bring back the LibraryThe fallout: Presto! Smoke erupts from the sarcophagus. In the confusion, Dulaque and Lamia stroll in. He monologues about having a far greater plan than merely stealing the Library. He kills Lamia for a blood sacrifice to complete the spell and goes through the door. Eve and Flynn pursue and stumble into the River of Time, on whose banks lies the Loom of Fate. Dulaque cuts the loom, flinging Eve and Flynn to hopscotch through alternative realities.

Alternate realities: In each reality, Eve was the Guardian of Librarians Jake, Ezekiel, and Cassandra, respectively, but she died 10 years earlier protecting them from Dulaque. She and a version of Flynn (who never accepted the Library’s invitation) find Jake in a Ukrainian forest, fighting militants and finding magical artifacts. Ezekiel has turned his Library into tech and security, franchising it out to make a buck. Everyone in his world has become a ghost, since Katie the Serial Killer wasn’t put down properly and made one last wish that tore the fabric of reality. Cassandra’s reality is suffused with magic and dragons in the sky. Magic saved Cassandra’s life by healing her brain tumor, but it permanently altered her brain. Now she uses magic in order to hunt magic.

Eve is kissed by Jake

Despite Flynn not being his typical Librarian self, in each reality he’s the key to solving the crisis. With Jake, it’s Flynn’s knowledge of trees that helps Jake figure out how to resonate the stones to create a teleportation device. In Ezekiel’s reality, Flynn knows the one supernatural theory, Odric’s Force, that can free the possessed people from their ghosts. For Cassandra, Flynn refuses to let her give up.

Eve wants to know why Flynn didn’t answer the invitation to join the Library, since that is the major turn in the road. He admits he was comfortable where he was at university: “It was a twist on a thread on a random loom of fate.”

They realize that when Dulaque cut the Loom of Fate in order to bring history back to the height of Camelot, when he was most powerful, he didn’t reweave the loom into a new pattern. Now the fabric of history is frayed, which is why Eve and Flynn are skipping through paths their lives could have taken.

Flynn wants to save the world one more time by reweaving the threads of history back into shape. To do it, Cassandra needs a very specific thread—ancient, charged with dimensional power, and tied as closely as possible to the original Greek myth. Like, say, a ball of twine from the Minotaur’s labyrinth?

But when they reach the Annex, the ball of twine isn’t where Eve left it, because this isn’t Eve’s reality. Flynn asks if Cassandra could weave the threads of the shredded realities together. She can, but she needs a focus, something common to all the timelines they’ve crossed. Eve and Flynn hit the answer at the same time: “The Librarians!”

Cassandra punches a hole in three universes. “Quiet,” she admonishes Flynn. “I’m doing math.” She pulls Ezekiel and Jake out of their realities and then sends them all into Eve’s reality, where the ball of twine exists. Cassandra opens the door to the Void and tells Eve to concentrate on the moment she left, and she’ll return to it. Flynn realizes that the minute they do this, the realities of the other Librarians will cease to exist. They accept their fates and lives of adventure well lived.

The alternative librarians

Eve and Flynn are back at the River of Time and the Loom of Fate. Flynn weaves the ball of twine into the loom while Eve stands guard against Dulaque. Good plan: Not only does he show up, but he’s also young and virile again (and played by Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn’s husband—always good to keep things in the family). Young Dulaque is actually Lancelot, and he wants the glory of Camelot restored so he can fix his role in destroying it. He stabs Eve though the heart and easily subdues Flynn. He goes to deliver the killing blow, but is blocked by … Jenkins! Where you been? Jenkins: “Lancelot.” Lancelot: “Galahad.” Huzzah!

They duel and argue over self-determination for the humans, while Flynn reweaves the loom with the ball of twine. When the loom is healed, Delaque ages and disappears. Flynn becomes the Librarian again, complete with Mark Twain’s wardrobe. But Eve is still dying, because that is her fate in every reality. Flynn refuses to accept that.

Lancelot restoredBack at the Annex, he finishes the storybook by using Eve’s blood to call the Library back, along with everything in it. That includes the liquid Flynn drank when Lamia stabbed him with Excalibur, which heals Eve, changing her fate. Flynn: “I don’t believe in fate.”

Coda: Flynn graduates the Librarians, complete with pocket versions of the Clippings Book. Every day a new mystery. “Come back alive!” The guys decide to take a break, but Cassandra is ready to take on a case, this one in Peru. The guys go with her. Neither Jenkins nor Flynn fully remembers all that happened in the alternate realities or at the Loom of Fate. Jenkins supposes Eve remembers because she’d done something similar before, at Christmas. He notes that all they’ve done over the past months was in preparation for this last crisis, almost as if fate was directing them. Eve tells Flynn she got to see what Flynn was like when he wasn’t the Librarian: “Scattered. Annoying. Alternating genius and bad puns.” Flynn: “So, business as usual.”

Dragons!The Clippings Book rattles with a new case. Flynn asks Eve out on a date to fight an evil cult, or maybe monsters. He dials up the door. She wonders if he knows what’s on the other side. “No,” Flynn admits. “But isn’t that great?”


TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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