The Librarians Season 1 Episode 3 Review: And the Horns of a Dilemma

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If you haven't been watching The Librarians, why not? This show is so darn fun!

The Librarians Season 1 Episode 3 is the first time the audience gets to see how the new Librarians will work together without Flynn. Even though I love Noah Wyle as Flynn Carson, I don't miss him a bit.

The new Librarians are all quirky and unique, and vastly different from one another. Somehow, as they work together to escape a magical Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur, they also manage to further develop their relationships with one another.

It's impressive that so much character development, and relationship development, is able to take place among the special effects and Minotaur fight scenes. Of course, there's much more to go, but I'm already heavily invested in these characters.

Eve admits she isn't quite sure how to handle protecting each of the Librarians, because she is used to ordering people around. She has to take a step back and accept she may just have to change her way of thinking.

Cassandra is still dealing with the fact she betrayed the others in The Librarians Season 1 Episode 1, and Jacob struggles to trust her. The relationship between those two is going to be interesting to watch as it develops. Cassandra may also be my favorite of the bunch, especially since she isn't afraid to stand up to these guys when they give her a hard time.

Okay, new rule. How about we not refer to the tumor that will one day kill me as a "brain-grape."


Okay, all of this sounds very serious and dramatic, but the witty banter, disappearing doors and overarching theme of "knowledge is power," make the show lighthearted and fun. It is a wonderful, magical, and slightly-silly world that anyone would want to be a part of.

I especially enjoy the use of Greek Mythology in this episode. What perfect first case for the Librarians in Training than to be a part of the classic myth, Theseus and the Minotaur? The way they modernize the myth is fantastic, especially since the Minotaur's Labyrinth is hidden below a Food Supply Company. The Librarians find themselves lost in a magical maze within Corporate America, which includes a literal interpretation of the term "human resources."

Jacob: We found something weird too.
Eve: I found a room full of really old art.
Jacob: We found a room full of human skulls!
Eve: What do you mean, human skulls?
Jacob: How many ways can I mean human skulls?!

When the Minotaur resurfaces a second time, he is seen as a large, biker-fellow rather than a hairy monster. Truthfully, this whole portion might be a little too cheesy for me. I'm all for the magic and even a few bad special affects, but the Minotaur is a special kind of awful. The glowing red eyes and the stomping about make him more like a large man in a costume at an amusement park than a frightening monster. Of course, maybe that's the point.

Bad costume or not, the Librarians develop a plan to defeat the Minotaur and escape the Labyrinth. Jacob and Eve fight the Minotaur off in a scene that is more humorous than tense, while Cassandra and Ezekiel work together to find the center of the maze. Ezekiel may be a master thief, but he also has a soft side. My favorite scene in this episode is when he walks arm-in-arm with Cassandra, helping her focus on the maze.

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And the Horns of a Dilemma Review

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The Librarians Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Okay, new rule. How about we not refer to the tumor that will one day kill me as a "brain-grape."


I'm here to do science and math; and sometimes, hallucinate.