In Review: The Librarians And The Horns Of A Dilemma

Beneath what looks like a modern skyscraper is a mysterious labyrinth in which Baird manages to lose new recruits.

Synopsis: Beneath what looks like a modern skyscraper is a mysterious labyrinth in which Baird manages to lose new recruits.

Review: This third episode is the first to completely centre on the team and in doing so it improves on what we seen in the two part pilot story immensely.

The episode starts with Baird (Rebecca Romjin) putting Jake, Ezekiel and Cassandra through their paces only to see them fail to live up to her expectations. A lesson, which only serves to bite her on the butt a little later in the episode.

We see some nice character development happen here in which Jake’s mistrust of Cassandra gets carried over from her betrayal of last week, but this episode seems to serve Ezekiel the most in terms of character growth. If you read my review last week. You will have noted that I said that Ezekiel was the character that was going to take a little more time for me to get to know – well I feel I know him a little more now, but if I were on a team with him would I be able to trust him? That is my new question.

The storyline for this was pretty smart and offered plenty of opportunity for fun, which was taken full advantage of, but sometimes in surprising ways.

In this story the team is thrown into a labyrinth in which they have to escape from a Minotaur, which has been the beneficiary of corporate interns for quite some time. When Baird’s penchant for being overly careful with her team places them in danger it is on them to put their mutual mistrust of each other aside in order to show Baird that her concerns are relevant, but perhaps over the top.

The guest actor in this episode is Tricia Helfer from Ron Moore’s re-imagining of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ and once again Helfer shows us why she was cast for the aforementioned series and provides us with a pretty formidable villain.

One character that we didn’t get to see to much of in the pilot episodes is Jenkins who is played brilliantly by John Larroquette. In this episode Jenkins gets to show us why he is in overall charge of the library and also shows us just how much of an asset he is. The fact that he has figured out how to use magic to open wormholes anyway in the world where there are doors has really endeared him to me, but also shown me just how the internal magic of this show is likely to work.

Overall this episode is miles ahead of what we seen in the opening two parter and has given us an adventure in which we actually get the team work together minus Flynn for the first time.

If there is one small criticism. I think this particular story may have benefited from a couple more minutes. It flew by at an incredible pace.

The Librarians And The Horns Of A Dilemna
  • Great character development
  • Story may have benefited from a couple more minutes.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Incidental Music

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    16 December 2014 at 7:11 pm -

    Great ep. Jenkins is the character I’m most curious about. John Larroquette is doing a marvelous job filling in for the much missed Bob Newhart. I hope he gets a meaty arc.

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