The Librarians: 2.6 …And the Infernal Contract Review

Guardian Angel Eve saves the day against the Devil!

The show’s version of the Devil makes an appearance on this week’s The Librarians when Baird’s old friend (ex-romantic partner) Sam, who is running for mayor, finds himself embroiled in scandal after an intern goes missing.

Of course, Sam and the intern had been involved with each other, and as they all investigate the room the two would hang out in, her body gets thrown back down via a portal in the ceiling.

Oh dear.

After some digging and advice from Jenkins (who I think knows almost everything since he’s lived for a really long time), the team realizes that the symbol left behind by whatever attacked the intern is linked to a Devil. Devils are not the typical red monsters with horns, but rather show up as what we most want to see.

Jake and Jenkins do more research and figure out that Sam’s opponent is Jefferson Keating (no relating to HTGAWM) and every time there was a tragic event in the town, a Keating ancestor was present. Oh and there’s always a common person (who changes his name) present at every event. Looks like the Keating family made a deal with the Devil.

Unfortunately, even though the Librarians manage to find the contract (in a wine storage room, no less), the Devil pops up and tells Sam that he will make all of his dreams come true.

And even with Eve’s warning to not do the thing, Sam does the thing and signs the contract so that he can do “good” in the world, and the Keating contract becomes null and void. That’s already bad, but the episodes in this show always have at least three to four twists and twist three is that for Sam to get the chance to become a hero, the Devil will create a calamity needing a hero.

Enter Jake realizing that there have been construction markers around and the Devil plans to set up a devastating gas explosion. Oh goodness. Then, when the Librarians head below to stop the explosion, the Devil traps them in the chamber filling up quickly with the gas and tempts them so that they’ll sign a contract with him. He even tells Cassandra he’ll get rid of her tumor.

But then the final twist appears, and I fall in love with Eve some more. She had written her name over Sam’s on the contract, so now she has to ask the Devil for a wish or he’ll kill a plane full of innocents. OY.

So the Librarian’s Guardian Angel versus the Devil. I love this show so much.

Fortunately, Jenkins is able to save the Librarians as he’s immortal and Eve makes a very careful wish. That the devil becomes a mortal which negates his powers and all of his contracts.

Back at the now very functioning Library, Jenkins gives the Librarians elixir to heal from their gas exposure. Eve begins to feel guilty about their almost dying, and Jenkins gives us a glimpse into the considerable breadth of a Guardian’s job: not to protect a Librarian’s body but their souls too, as they are constantly tempted by the great power associated with the Library.

It is great to get some more information on what a Guardian does, especially as someone totally new to the universe. Obviously, the movies delved into the work that these people have to do in more depth. The show does a great job of building on what already existed (Flynn, The Library, that kind of thing) and establishing all the new parts.

Last week explained so much about the Library as an entity, and this week does a great job giving us more about Guardians and what they, Librarians, and the Library’s caretakers must all do. (Like take care of them if they get sick because of gas inhalation.)

Where the episode fails is its lack of connection to Prospero. As I mentioned last week, ten episodes requires the writers to really plot out the season. Going back and forth, from no Prospero to explicitly linked-to-Prospero episodes, decreases the overall arc of the season, even if that was the plan.

The season-long arc was why I loved the first season so much. Even the “filler” episodes tied back to Dulaque causing the group trouble.

I would have rather seen Prospero introduced later on into the season with the (almost) contained magic problems of the week upfront. Or better yet, have every episode link explicitly to Prospero’s plan.

Still, this episode is a lot of fun since Eve gets to be the “character of the week.” If only we could get an episode focusing on Ezekiel… Though next week is about Dorian Gray, and an episode about vanity would be perfect to give the viewers some more insight into Ezekiel.

Anyways, Eve and the Librarians highlighted their ability to keep going up against magic that isn’t being used for positive measures and hopefully will use that ability in the last two episodes of the season when Prospero returns.

Grade: 4/5

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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.

  • sirona7

    Thanks so much for the positive review, Shahar. I agree the Prospero storyline suffers from underdevelopment as yet. I would have liked to have a three episode arc focused on the Fictionals and then move on. That said, I am delighted that throughout the first 6 episodes of this season the writers, directors, and cast have masterfully illumined the main characters (including the Library) and deepened the world. So much so that The Librarians is now one of my favorite shows: bright, funny, earnest, and endearing. Love it!

    • Shahar

      Thanks for commenting. A three ep arc would have been awesome! I mean I still think this is one of the better written shows on air right now as a whole, but when the writers do badly, then the entire season suffers.

  • Mary E Brewer

    Love this show.. Hope it runs for many seasons to come

    • Shahar

      Thanks for commenting every week! And same. TNT is weird so as long as it gets to run its natural course, I’ll be happy.