Dragons. Stolen treasure. Bad things ensue. (Also, the reappearance of Flynn and some rather amusing use of meeting rules for benefits to all. Well, mostly all.)
Not so much commentary this episode, apparently.
I do like the Jenkins and Ezekiel scene (about 25 minutes in) very much in hindsight of the finale.
I also like the way that this episode gets more into ‘why the Library’. Libraries have lots of different roles, and it’s good to get into that. They aren’t all doing the same thing.
One of the things we talked about a lot in several of my classes in library school is why that matters. A public library, that’s focusing on providing access to its materials by a large and diverse community is going to have different policies than an academic library, and definitely different than an archive with unique and delicate materials.
Clearly, in the mythos here, this Library has a particular role – storing items with high amounts of magic, so that they won’t be misused (one goal) but also so they can be studied (as Jenkins does). That’s not a common kind of library, but it’s not at all unheard of.
And as we see here with the different representatives at the Conclave (and later in the series) there are more than just ordinary humans involved in the world, too (with at least some access to the library: they all manage to show up at the Annex, after all!)
And that’s not inappropriate, you know?
Dragons. As expanded on in this episode, Eastern (China, Japan, Korea ) dragons and Western (European) dragons have rather different sorts of myths associated with them. (The book Flynn pulls out appears to be maybe in German?)
Drake comes from the Greek, and means dragon (in one etymology)
Fei Lung also transliterated as ‘feilong’. Wikipedia says: “The proper name Feilong applies to people, fictional characters, places, martial art techniques, military weapons, and a pterosaur.” but in this case, it’s flying dragons. Consigliere (which has an interesting history).
1906 was, of course, the great San Francisco earthquake.
Lorenzo Museum and the artist (I’m not sure I trust the captioning here) do not appear to real, but I might be wrong.
Back at the library:
Fae. (Book rec: a lot of our idea of what fairies are like is exceedingly Victorian. The book Strange and Secret People: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness by Carole G. Silver goes into why that is.)
I might have squealed with joy when the dragon used classical pronunciation for his Latin, not the ecclesiastical. (More variations) The Latin is roughly “This ought not to be, small (one).” and “We did not steal the pearl , Librarian.”
Son of Ban.
Cassandra and the apple:
Power stations in Italy (the ones in Rome, sort on the ‘province’ column and look for RM)
The population of Europe depends on how you define Europe, but the population of the European Union is approximately 731 million. (So 680,000 is about .1 percent of the population in the area. But still a lot of people.)