The Librarians 4×05 and 4×06 – The Bleeding Crown and The Graves of Time – Recap
The Librarians is back with two new episodes! In The Librarians 4×05, “The Bleeding Crown”, our Librarians join a counterpart from the past – who happens to be Flynn’s hero – to take down an ancient enemy. In In The Librarians 4×06, “The Graves of Time”, Eve teams up with fellow Guardian Nicole Noone in a mission to retrieve a dangerous artifact.
A little reminder: This was the last week of back-to-back episodes of The Librarians. From next week, TNT will air one episode every week at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Read on for our recap of The Librarians 4×05 and 4×06.
The Librarians 4×05
Last week, the Librarians went toe to toe with the Saint of Thieves, then uncovered another magical artifact. This week, they’re faced with the mystery of an entire town turning old overnight! As The Librarians 4×05 begins, Flynn, Eve, Cassandra, Jake, and Ezekiel step through the magic door to land in New Weedon.
While questioning a family, Flynn and Eve find out that there was a sudden, big, red flash, after which every inhabitant of the town grew much older. In the meantime, Cassandra, Jake, and Ezekiel stumble upon a girl in the streets of New Weedon who hasn’t aged at all. She runs away when she sees them, and in following her they have an even stranger and definitely creepy encounter with a group of ugly-looking creatures about to attack them.
The Librarians are saved by… another Librarian, but not Flynn. His name is Darrington Dare, and we find out in The Librarians 4×05 that Flynn is a huge fanboy of his. Dare is a Librarian from the past – from 1888, to be precise – and he is Flynn’s Librarian hero.
Dare explains that he traveled through time to face his counterpoint in New Weedon: Ambrose Gethic, a wizard of phenomenal power who managed to combine the ancient art of magic with new technologies of the electric age. According to Dare, the story began when Ambrose stole the Bleeding Crown of the Vampire Queen of Northampton. Said crown has the power to drain a man’s life force. Dare tried to stop Ambrose and retrieve the crown in his own time, but Gethic managed to open a portal in space and time, landing in New Weedon. Gethic is seeking something that he can only find in the present time, and the Librarians must stop him.
Flynn and Dare lay out a plan. First, they have to find the girl Cassandra, Jake, and Ezekiel encountered, as she might be a clue. Everyone around them in The Librarians 4×05 has been transformed, so why hasn’t she aged like all the others?
While looking for the girl, Dare has a chance to talk to Flynn, and learns that there are now not one but four Librarians. He is shocked and warns Flynn of one rule passed down over the centuries: There can only be one Librarian. More than one Librarian means only one thing – that sooner rather than later, war shall come. Dare tells Flynn to fire the other Librarians immediately.
As The Librarians 4×05 continues, Flynn and his hero spot the girl they were looking for. They chase her to her house, where they find the rest of her family, who are similarly not aged. The reason? Their house has no electricity, as the power was turned off due to unpaid bills. Flynn and Dare finally figure out that Ambrose has aged the town using electricity! Specifically, he wired the Bleeding Crown to the power supply, sucking people’s life force.
Meanwhile, Eve and her Librarians fall into the trap set by Ambrose – and terribly enough, they age too! Flynn and Dare bring them back to the Library, where Jenkins will have to look after them while Flynn and his hero find a way to stop Ambrose. Before that, however, Dare reprimands Jenkins for allowing four Librarians to work together at the same time. In the past, a war between two Librarian co-workers nearly caused the total destruction of the Library they swore to protect. They were the cause of the Dark Ages, as a matter of fact. Should another war between Librarians arise, this would mean another long period of darkness and ignorance for the entire humanity. But Jenkins is confident that these Librarians would never go to war.
While Eve and her Librarians take a nap, Flynn and Dare track down Ambrose. As it turns out, the aged Guardian and Librarians were just clones used by Ambrose to distract Flynn and Dare, and the real Eve, Cassandra, Jake, and Ezekiel are now trapped. Ambrose will suck their life force from them for his Bleeding Crown to finally kill Darrington Dare.
Things are looking grim in The Librarians 4×05, but Flynn has an idea. While Dare is fighting against Ambrose, he goes back to the Library to get Jenkins. As Caretaker, Jenkins is immortal, meaning his life force is literally unlimited. He charges so much energy into the Bleeding Crown that Ambrose can’t contain it and dies. As a result, the inhabitants of New Weedon go back to their normal ages.
Back at the Library, Dare is about to leave Flynn and go back to his time. As The Librarians 4×05 ends, Dare reiterates his warning to his fellow Librarian: There can only be one Librarian at a time, and he must not forget that.
The Librarians 4×06
Has anyone seen Eve Baird? In The Librarians 4×06, the Librarians are looking for their Guardian, but she’s nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, Flynn and Jenkins are discussing Flynn’s hesitancy in rehearsing for the tethering ceremony. There are just 41 days until the vernal equinox, and Flynn must be ready to perform it! When Nicole Noone and her disappearance come up, Jenkins is still convinced that Nicole wants to arm the Library, while Flynn is sure of the contrary.
In the meantime, in England, we meet an old friend: Nicole Noone. She’s at the Wellington Arms Mortuary, aAnd she’s not alone. Someone has been following her, and that someone is our Guardian Eve.
Confronting Nicole, Eve says she’s there to make right what the Library did wrong. Moreover, she’s still not sure if Nicole is truly innocent, and she’s there to find that out by herself. Nicole replies that she won’t go back to the Library with Eve – and furthermore, she’s on the job. While Eve and Nicole are deep in discussion, two men approach an urn that carries Nicole’s name. They’re about to take it with them, but the two Guardians are always ready for a fight. While they are busy arguing over who has the best fighting moves, however, the two men run away with the urn.
Nicole explains that they are after some artifacts that she is trying to protect from falling into the wrong hands by hiding them in different graves, in different countries. Specifically, the men stole an artifact connected to Koschei’s Needle, a powerful weapon of war. Nicole doesn’t want Eve around anymore, but Eve points out that it’s either herself or four Librarians and a grumpy Custodian following Nicole’s every move. Nicole has no choice: The two Guardians will have to team up.
Back at the Library, Flynn and the others manage to locate Eve and figure out how she tracked down Nicole in the first place: by using the DOSA database. Flynn and Jenkins decide to go after the Guardians, but Eve and Nicole have already left England for Florence, England. On the trip, Nicole explains that she has had to fake her own death every 20 years for the past 500 years to avoid arousing suspicion over her not aging. Eve finds out a lot more about Nicole and what it means to be immortal. Living different lives; making friends, family, and lovers; and seeing them eventually die while you survive the course of time. Eve confesses to Nicole that she will soon be tethered to the Library, thus becoming immortal herself, but she had never really stopped to ponder certain consequences of being immortal. Nicole warns her that she needs a very good motive to take such an important step.
In England, Jenkins and Flynn are discussing something very similar. While tracing Eve and Nicole’s steps, Jenkins admits that he has lived for a very long time and sometimes wonders if a final rest would actually be welcome.
Meanwhile, in Florence, Nicole shows Eve what she was looking for: a Greek artifact called Apollo’s Tablet. This artifact can show the location of anything, anywhere, and indicates that Koschei’s Needle is in the Ukraine. Nicole locks Eve inside a crypt, hoping to keep her there and leave for Ukraine alone, but Eve is not one to give up. In fact, she manages to jump on the same plane as Nicole! The Guardians are still a team.
Flynn and Jenkins return to the Library, where the other Librarians are researching the clues Flynn found in England. They discover what Nicole and Eve were looking for, and Jenkins has some more information about Koschei’s Needle. It is a very powerful artifact that can actually kill an immortal, and he thinks Nicole wants to use it against him for revenge. Flynn thinks the exact opposite, but they have to leave their quarrels aside – the priority is finding Eve. They manage to locate Koschei’s Needle in the Ukraine and set off after the Guardians.
While walking toward the Koschei’s Needle location in the Ukraine, the two Guardians discuss immortality and Eve’s reasons to go after Nicole. As well as believing that what the Library did to Nicole was wrong, Eve admits that she’s afraid of losing the people who are close to her. She is afraid of being left alone. …She’s afraid she’ll end up like Nicole.
Working as a team, Eve and Nicole manage to get closer to their location, but they stumble upon Jenkins and Flynn. While arguing about Nicole’s true motives, they are assaulted by the Ukrainian military, and Eve and Jenkins end up being kidnapped by the same men who were after Nicole’s artifacts. Their boss claims to be a descendant of the Romanov family, and explains that he is after Nicole because she destroyed his family. Nicole was allegedly in cahoots with Rasputin to find Koschei’s Needle so they would become unstoppable, and although Rasputin was killed before they could accomplish their goal, the man and his family are still looking for Nicole. Eve doesn’t believe him, but when he shows her old photos of Nicole and Rasputin, she starts to think that maybe Nicole is really after Koschei’s Needle to use it against the Library.
As The Librarians 4×06 continues, Flynn and Nicole have some time to talk. Nicole asks Flynn if he ever got the chance to define himself apart from the Library. She tells him the Library has taken over his life – he is like a prisoner. They finally find the box that contains Koschei’s Needle, and successfully retrieve it after getting the key. Jenkins is still convinced Nicole wanted the Needle to kill him, but when the true identity of the Russian boss is revealed, everything becomes more clear. He is, in fact, Rasputin. Nicole wanted to retrieve the Needle to kill him.
Rasputin stabs Nicole with the Needle, taking away her immortality, and Jenkins understands the terrible mistake he made in judging Nicole. While Flynn and Eve kill Rasputin and destroy the Needle, Jenkins takes Nicole back to the Library, where he performs a ritual to save her. He asks Jake to read a passage from a book, and proceeds to perform a transference ceremony in which he gives her his immortality. He says he was too angry and too blind to see that Nicole was not the enemy, and now he will no longer be immortal.
The ritual is almost complete as Jake reads the final, beautiful passage from the book: “Hold my hand in yours, and we will not fear what hands like ours can do.”
As The Librarians 4×06 ends, Nicole is safe after Jenkins saved her life, atoning for his mistake. Before leaving the Library, Nicole says goodbye to Eve, Jenkins, and Flynn, whispering to Flynn not to be a prisoner. But have we really seen the last of Nicole Noone?
Later, Eve is ready to finally spend some time with Flynn, but he is nowhere to be found. Jenkins has something for her, though – Flynn’s tethering ring. He left it at the Library before leaving, thus indicating that he has no intention of coming back.
What is Eve going to do now? And what about the other Librarians, and the tethering ceremony?
What did you think of The Librarians 4×05, “The Bleeding Crown,” and The Librarians 4×06, “The Graves of Time”?