Welcome to this fortnight’s roundup.
Flynn Carsen, The Librarian, discovers that someone is killing off other former candidates for the position. It’s up to Flynn and his new Guardian (Eve Baird) to figure out what’s going on, and save the three who are left. Oh, yes, and save the world. Again.
This (and the following episode) aired together as the pilot for the series. Like all pilots, there’s rather a lot of introducing people, the setting, the assumptions of the show.
Flynn Carsen, a 30 year old perpetual student with 22 degrees, is forced out of his school and applies for a job as a librarian at the Metropolitan Library. Once hired, he discovered that The Library holds a wide number of mystical and powerful artifacts, and that his job is to protect them and find those that might cause damage in the larger world. On his first day of work, members of the Serpent Brotherhood steal one of three parts of the Spear of Destiny. You can guess how the plot goes from here, with chases, adventures, and various death traps.
In brief, I’ve really enjoyed the commentary that Kristina Killgrove has been doing over at poweredbyosteons.org about the TV show Bones. (She’s a forensic anthropologist, and her primary area of study is people we don’t know much about in ancient Rome.)
I thought it might be really interesting to do something similar for The Librarians that looks both at how the library bits are portrayed, but also footnotes the various people, places, books, art, topics, and other things mentioned. I love my profession, and I think that our-world librarians do some really amazing things – but I also have a great fondness for pulpy shows and movies of this kind of genre, and the mixture of that with a joy-in-knowledge is a lot of fun for me.
I was also really curious about how many of the references are accurate (and which ones) and making connections between different bits of info, and so on and so forth. (Short version: the show runners are definitely playing with realities not ours, but a vast amount of the stuff that sounds like it’s real is accurate, once you allow for the premise.)
(See below for other links of interest, and more about the mechanics.)
(Picture above taken by me on a visit with friends to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
One of my goals for the next year is to, y’know, update this blog more regularly. I do have a link roundup almost ready to go (and will post it tomorrow, because I like doing them on Fridays). In the meantime, though, a roundup of a few things related to my professional life in the past year.
Below the fold, more about my work and related projects the past year, and some thoughts about the coming year.