The Librarians 4×01 and 4×02 – The Dark Secret and The Steal of Fortune – Recap
TNT’s The Librarians is back! Two episodes of The Librarians season 4 will air every Wednesday through Dec. 27, with a one-episode -per-week schedule beginning Jan. 3, 2018. Check out our recaps to find out what happened in the first two episodes, which found our Librarians ready to face a secret sect and handle an artifact that can literally steal people’s luck!
Read on for our recaps of The Librarians 4×01, “The Dark Secret,” and The Librarians 4×02, “And the Steal of Fortune.”
The Librarians 4×01
Rome, Italy. While tuning an ancient organ inside a church, a man finds what appears to be a map inside the instrument. He gives it to three priests, who proceed to eliminate him. Later, one of the priests informs Monsignor Vega (John Noble) that they have found the map to the stones.
Meanwhile, inside the Library, our Librarians – along with Guardian Eve (Rebecca Romijn) and Jenkins (John Larroquette) – are busy getting ready for a very special ceremony. It’s time for the eternal union of Eve and Flynn (Noah Wyle)! With Charlene gone, the Library is now untethered from reality and needs a Librarian and a Guardian to re-anchor it to humanity. Through this union, Eve and Flynn will become immortal, bound forever to the Library and to one another.
What we see at the beginning of The Librarians 4×01 is just a rehearsal of the actual ceremony, though. Jenkins points out that it needs to be perfectly executed since it can only happen during a vernal equinox, hence the numerous rehearsals. As the Library is currently unprotected, it’s vulnerable to attack – and after yet again another rehearsal, an alarm starts reverberating through the Library. Something is happening.
Jenkins and Flynn proceed to explain to the others that one of the four cornerstones of the Library of Alexandria has been unearthed. Yes, that library – the most famous in the world, as well as the original magic library that was torched by Caesar in 48 B.C. The remains were taken by the Librarian of that time, who removed four stones and hid them all around the world. If the Library were to be reassembled, the data and information contained inside would cause it to simply implode.
The Librarians must retrieve the other three stones before the bad guys headed by Monsignor Vega, but they don’t know the stones’ location. Or so it seems. However, Jenkins’ face says that he’s hiding information. He finally decides to reveal what he knows and leads the Librarians and Eve to a secret passage under the Library. Turns out he’s hiding something – or better, someone.
The woman imprisoned under the Library is Nicole Noone (Rachel Nichols). She was Flynn’s first Guardian, although he believed she was dead. Why is she kept there, locked up like a prisoner?
In The Librarians 4×01, we find out that on Flynn and Nicole’s last adventure together, a malfunctioning time machine sent her 500 years back in time! But how is it possible that she is still alive? Jankins explains that Nicole stole an immortality artifact, thus becoming immortal, with the goal of exacting revenge on those who abandoned her – meaning Flynn and the Library. That’s why she was locked up.
A hundred years ago, it was discovered that she had found the cornerstones to the Library of Alexandria, but she hid them before Jenkins had the chance to apprehend her. He explains that he could not let Flynn know about Nicole being alive because of the prophecy that led them to defeat Apep, the Egyptian god of chaos.
Nicole doesn’t seem too inclined to help Flynn and the others, so Eve tells Cassandra (Lindy Booth), Stone (Christian Kane), and Ezekiel (John Harlan Kim) to investigate where the second stone was taken: Niagara Falls. It becomes clear that our Librarians have mixed feelings about Jenkins locking up a person under the Library. Cassandra is all for it if Nicole is dangerous, while Ezekiel thinks you just don’t lock people up in secret dungeons, especially a Guardian. He wonders aloud how many more secrets the Library is hiding from them. Ultimately the three Librarians manage to find out who stole the Niagara Falls cornerstone: a group of priests.
Back at the Library, Nicole insists that she only wanted the stones to be safe and hid them as a measure of protection. She tells Flynn and Eve that the Library is not all good, and her being locked up there is the proof. She claims she has never used an artifact against the Library and never intended to hurt it, but Jenkins still insists she can’t be trusted. Being immortal has twisted her soul beyond redemption.
Cassandra, Stone, and Ezekiel are back at the Annex, where they inform Eve and Jenkins of their discovery. Jenkins recognizes that the priests belonging to the Heretic Order of Shadows, a sect hidden within the Roman Catholic Church. The sect’s symbol, flames, is connected to the fire that destroyed the Library of Alexandria. Ultimately, their goal in The Librarians 4×01 is to destroy the new Library in order to reestablish the Dark Ages.
Now that the sect possesses two cornerstones, it’s essential to get Nicole’s help in finding the two remaining ones. She finally gives Flynn a clue after he admits that the time machine malfunction was because of a mistake he made. He’s the reason why Nicole had to go through everything that eventually led her into the Library’s dungeon. Cassandra, Stone, and Ezekiel leave to find the first of the two cornerstones. Before they can bring the stone back to the Library, though, they are taken hostage by the sect.
As The Librarians 4×01 continues, Eve decides to have a Guardian-to-Guardian conversation with Nicole. She asks for Nicole’s help, because the only thing that matters to them as Guardians is protecting the lives of the people they love – in this case, the Librarians who are in danger. Nicole agrees to help in exchange for being freed from her from her cell. Jenkins is reluctant, as he believes she will just run away, but Flynn and Eve decide to free her. They know that they must get her help if they want to save Cassandra, Stone, and Ezekiel.
Nicole guides them to the last cornerstone. They are successful in retrieving it, and also find the Librarians held captive by Monsignor Vega and his men. Eve is forced to give the stone to the sect, meaning Vega has now all four cornerstones, but he doesn’t know how to use them. Flynn refuses to tell him, but Nicole steps in and volunteers to help. She says she wants a world without the Library in it – it’s her revenge.
In reality, though, Nicole has laid a trap. Her intent is to destroy one of the four stones so that the others will be useless. She throws one of the stones inside the vortex created by their assembly, and when Vega jumps forward to retrieve it, both he and Nicole are sucked in. With the help of all the Librarians and Eve, Flynn manages to bring Nicole back – but only a few seconds after he saves her, she disappears.
Back at the Library, our Librarians still can’t decide if Nicole is totally innocent or not. Her running away could be seen both ways. Toward the end of The Librarians 4×01, Jenkins reminds our friends that they only have 89 days before the next vernal equinox, so they must go back rehearsing the Tethering ceremony. However, Flynn confesses to Eve that after what happened with Nicole, he’s not so sure about giving his life for the Library. What if they can’t fully trust the institution the Library represents? Eve replies, “An institution is only as good as the people in it. That’s us. Trust us.” But can he?
The Librarians 4×02
At the beginning of The Librarians 4×02, “And the Steal of Fortune”, everyone discusses what it means to be Librarians. Still preoccupied by the events of The Librarians 4×01, Flynn points out that they can’t live normal lives. Jenkins stresses that have a calling, and normal lives don’t go well with that kind of mission.
Stone isn’t buying it, though. On the contrary, he decides to go visit an old friend and bring Ezekiel with him. But once he gets there, he realizes that his friend and all those connected to a casino/racetrack called Fortune Downs are afflicted by a constant lack of… luck. In fact, accidents and misfortunes are an everyday occurrence for them. Stone and Ezekiel suspect magic is involved, so they go back to the casino with Eve and Cassandra to investigate.
The only person not afflicted by bad luck is the casino’s owner, Bennie Konopka (Richard Kind). They soon find out that it’s not Bennie who’s causing the bad luck – it’s his companion, Fortuna (Sunny Mabrey). The Roman goddess of luck managed to free herself from her statue form by stealing people’s luck! When Cassandra and Ezekiel broke her spell by starting to win at the casino, Fortuna had begun to turn into a statue again, so her intention is now to steal millions of people’s luck. Fortunately – no pun intended – our Librarians manage to stop her just in time. When The Librarians 4×02 ends, Fortuna is back to being a statue, which will now be kept safe inside the Library.
What did you think of The Librarians 4×01, “The Dark Secret,” and The Librarians 4×02, “And the Steal of Fortune”?