The Librarians: 2.3 …And What Lies Beneath the Stones (aka Coyote) Review

The truth will set you free!

This week’s The Librarians is the first proper team up for Cassandra, Zeke, and Stone since their separation in the finale as they investigate a cave-in at an oil rig site, which has unleashed Hokolonote, a shape-shifting indigenous trickster god (with the creepiest face) who grows in strength any time a lie is told. Well, that’s a creepy Pinocchio.

To solve the riddle of the prison that had held Hokolonote, they must come clean to each other and deal with their inability to truly work together as a team since their time in Peru.

Fortunately, Baird sends the Librarians to Oklahoma by themselves, so they can work out said issues while she and Jenkins try to figure out what has the Library broken.

There’s also the actual political issue at hand: the oil rig digging is happening on Choctaw burial land, and the proprietor of the oil-rigging company is none other than Jake’s dad, Isaac Stone.

We should have seen that coming the moment that he mentioned the land was near his home.

Isaac, as to be expected, doesn’t care about the protesting and he thinks the art on the walls is just garbage from teenagers. Great, he’s a crappy, alcoholic dad— and racist too.

I understand that Jake doesn’t want to tell his dad the truth after all the lying he’s done since he started learning Greek by himself, but at some point he needs to tell Isaac the truth or he’ll continue to devalue his son and treat him like crap. Like calling him a son of a bitch.

The truth will set you free, right? Hokolonote (as Cassandra) even implies as such to Jake when he says that they need to talk to Jones and Ezekiel. “Is everything in your life a lie?” Ouch.

What’s unfortunate about this episode is the pacing, however. It’s only by the halfway point that Jenkins explains to Zeke and Cass that shapeshifters feed off of lies and chaos and that the magical issue of the day is a shapeshifter. If they can’t stop it, then the chaos will be disproportionately terrible. Like the French Revolution terrible.

Last week’s two-parter was much more seamless from scene to scene and with every reveal, I actually felt more engaged.

In an attempt to give us more backstory on Jake, the magic baddie of the week, and how the Librarians solve the problem itself, suffers. It’s only at the 3/4th mark of the episode that finally things start happening. Two explosions lead to Ezekiel and Cass meeting up with Jake so that they can go inside Hokolonote’s cage and figure out how to get him/it back inside.

And then Ezekiel actually does mention that there’s no way the truth is going to set them free after Hokolonote locks them inside its old cage underground. However, magic works both ways and what locked Hokolonote originally will also set free: the Librarians.

So what do we learn from the truth-telling session that occurs to free them?

Jake was afraid of learning that Isaac had hurt the indigenous man, and that he lied to his dad because he didn’t want Isaac to know that Jake thinks he’s a failure. (Obviously.)

Ezekiel was once recruited to MI6 to steal for them (surprising) and Cassandra had chosen a day to die when they told her about her tumor (not surprising).

The latter two stay back to keep the door open by telling more truths, while Jake goes after Hokolonote by himself. Since this is “his” episode, that is to be expected and he finally tells his dad everything he’s been lying about! Well it’s Hokolonote, but at least the audience gets to hear the truth.

Jake has honorary degrees from universities on four different continents, is the first one anyone calls when a new artifact is discovered, speaks nine languages and can read a dozen more, and is a genius!

So Hokolonote turns into Jake and we get two Christian Kane’s fighting each other! I have no idea how I’m supposed to feel about that, but Jake also clears up that he was afraid of using his name because then he couldn’t blame his dad.

Which is a much better truth than Cassandra walking back and forth and talking about how she hates babies and other things. Though her scenes are hilarious, I wish we could have heard more from Ezekiel, because the writers are always holding his backstory close.

Jake tells the others that he left them after Peru because he was afraid of being unable to pull through for them, while Cassandra had wanted to prove to herself that she could do it alone, but she liked having them there with her.

And finally, Jake tells his dad that he doesn’t care if his dad knows the truth, nor does he need Isaac’s approval. Snaps! I actually do love how this part of the story played out, because most other writers would make father and son make up somehow. Here, Jake gets to finally free himself from his prison of lies, no thanks to his dad.

Back in the Annex, Jenkins asks Jake how the extracurricular part of the mission went, reminiscent of Nate talking to Hardison in the Season 5 opener of Leverage. (Does that make Eve, Sophie and Cass, Hardison?) I mention this because the writers have clearly stated that the show is obviously a found family and team works together to save the day kind of show, but isn’t meant to be Leverage 2.0.

I can’t help but make the comparisons because, sometimes, the writers slip and things happen in the Librarians that throw me right back into Leverage and I’m not sure whether I’m meant to read into them or not.

Anyhow, Jenkin’s parting words are a good lesson to all of us. We can’t help where we come from, but we can choose how that manifests in us. Leading Jake to finally publish something under his own name!

And scene. For those of us who love Christian Kane, this is a great episode. He gets to show his acting chops and cycle through the emotions that would be realistic in dealing with a jerk dad and all of the lies in his life. Though the truth-telling results in info-dumps for the characters, as opposed to more organic reveals, we do learn a lot about the three. This is info that will prove important for the future episodes, I’m sure.

At the same time, this week’s pacing was not the best and almost took me out of the experience of getting to watch the Librarians get their shit together, to put it nicely.

Fortunately, the Librarians have got their groove back on, even if the Library itself is still malfunctioning. God forbid the room of large animals accidentally opens up. We wouldn’t want Nessie running around.

Grade: 3/5

 

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Shahar

Hello! I’m Shahar, a Muslim feminist with Sufi influence. I have feelings about everything from social justice and politics to fairy tales and fashion. Mostly I just watch ridiculous amounts of TV and tumblr about media issues and representation.

  • Robbin Randall

    Thanks for reviewing the show #TheLibrarians! Great family show that is magically fun!

  • Mary E Brewer

    #ProudToBeAKaniac That should say it all LOL ♥ #TheLibrarians TNT Sunday’s 8/7 PM CT

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