Drowned Book starts with a flashback to the beginning of season one, when magic surges back through the ley lines. An older man summons a character from Sherlock Holmes; “I have need of your genius, sir.” Fast forward to present day, everyone ends up invited to the same New York museum, but on different cases. Eve suggests working together, but they’ve all gotten used to doing their own thing. A strange storm blows in and Eve and Flynn meet James Worth (played by the dashing David S. Lee; he’s been in episodes of Castle, NCIS and NCIS:LA), head of antiquities from Oxford. James charms Eve and can match Flynn for deducting. The three younger Librarians end up teaming up again to solve their problems and Flynn realizes that Worth is a fictional. His first guess is Sherlock Holmes (and he’s ever so excited), but Worth is actually Moriarty. But he’s not the true mastermind connecting all the artifacts. That would be Prospero, Shakespeare’s wizard from The Tempest. Prospero is a Fictional so powerful, he rose from his own tale. But he wants to control his own story, not be bound by what Shakespeare wrote. He and Moriarty manage to disappear, but the Librarians have to deal with the storm that is spiraling out of control. They end up using a sun from the Library to burn off the cold air and save New York. Flynn sulks that he liked being able to do things his way, but Eve points out that pooling information works just as well.
In Broken Staff, Flynn and Eve follow up clues to keep Prospero from regaining more of his power, while Prospero and Moriarty manage to make it into the Library. They hold Jenkins hostage for a bit, asking about the Heart of the Library, the Tree of Knowledge. Again, it takes all of the Librarians, including Flynn and Eve to defeat the traps Prospero has laid. Flynn burns a Tree to thwart Prospero (not actually the Tree of Knowledge, he hopes it wasn’t important). But the Library has also been re-arranging itself and sixteen artifacts are missing. Eve again suggests that Flynn carry on searching for the artifacts alone while she helps the other three Librarians settle the Library.
The three younger Librarians head to Jacob’s home state to solve a rift in the Earth in What Lies Beneath the Stone. Jacob’s not thrilled about returning home; he kept his academic life very secret at home and he’s been saying “family ain’t easy” for a while. He has strong disagreements with his father, but the Librarian job is more important. They pass Ezekiel off as the expert since Stone’s father is dismissive of him and eventually work out that it’s a Native American trickster who has been set free and causing chaos; feeding off lies. It looks like Jacob reconciles with his father for a moment, but it was the shapeshifter. Jacob fights him off and locks him away again. He still does not tell his father the truth, because he has realized that he doesn’t need his father’s approval. So he signs his own name to the academic paper he is writing. The team heads to Wexler University in Cost of Education, where people are strangely disappearing. Cassandra meets another girl who is tracking magic and linking it with science. A tentacle monster from another dimension is stealing people who are full of ego. Cassandra follows her new friend into the wormhole to rescue her, but is stopped for a brief moment by the ladies of the Lake Foundation, interested in combining science and math. Cassandra is content with being a Librarian, but the invitation stands. She disagrees with Jenkins on whether magic should be studied or not. Ezekiel sadly loses his new gargoyle friend, Stumpy.
In Hollow Men, Flynn pops back in to find the Eye of Zarathustra, which “is the key to the door of Lost Knowledge, the Staff summoned by Sun and Rue.” But he’s quickly separated from the rest of the Librarians, held by a strange man who somehow knows Flynn, but not really. Prospero is also after the staff and Moriarty still flirts with Eve. She ends up having to team up with the antagonist in order to find Flynn. And it turns out, Flynn is traveling with the intelligence of the Library. Meanwhile, the other three work with Jenkins to keep the Library from completely dying. Ray regains his memories, though Moriarty has to take the staff to save him. The Library is wholly restored. Baird visits an old friend in Infernal Contract; Sam Denning (Michael Trucco, he’s appeared in several TV shows, including Castle as a similarly named Detective Tom Demming that was interested in Kate) is running for mayor in a small town. But turns out that his opponent’s family has had a long running deal with a devil (played by John de Lancie, a few episodes of Charmed and Stargate SG-1, and Q in Star Trek); a bit like crossroad demons in Supernatural. Eve, Jenkins, and the Librarians manage to trick the devil and rescue Sam and the town. Jenkins sweetly takes care of the three ill Librarians at the end and points out that Eve’s job as Guardian is to save the Librarians’ souls.
The team gets to go clubbing in London in Image of Image, trying to figure out how people are mysteriously dying from something they weren’t doing. They’re all connected to Club Effigy, where pictures mark them as the next victim. There’s a charming Englishman who turns out to be Dorian Gray. Any of his vices are passed onto his victims, keeping him young and beautiful. Until Ezekiel and Cassandra turn the tables on him. Jenkins once again counsels Eve on the upcoming battle between good and evil. Jenkins goes to a Fae for information on Prospero at the beginning of Point of Salvation. The rest of the team gets stuck in a video game scenario at a DARPA lab. Ezekiel is the only one who remembers each pass and gets tired of seeing his friends die. He forces them to believe him and follow him, even sacrificing himself at the end. Jacob and Cassandra figure out a way to bring him back and now he doesn’t remember his heroic deeds [or does he?]. Prospero attacks in the final moments. He created a spell that wiped the memory of Eve, Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Jacob from Jenkins’ mind in Happily Ever After. Flynn heads off to find them and discovers they’re leading new, but similar lives together on a small island. Eve is the sheriff, dating Moriarty. Cassandra has been to the moon, Jacob teaches eleven different classes at the university, and Ezekiel is an FBI agent, but their home base seems to resemble a library. Flynn teams up with the sprite, Ariel [she is adorable] to bring his family’s memories back. Eve has to do the same for Flynn at the end because his perfect life is one puzzle after another that he solves by himself. But they’ve been under the spell for three weeks, Jenkins reports. The ley lines have been supercharged by Prospero; it means the end of the world.
A giant forest begins to cover the earth in Final Curtain. Due to a wet hand, Flynn and Eve finally realize the strange note they found in John Dee’s estate in Drowned Book was written by Flynn in his left hand. They use time travel to go back to when Shakespeare wrote The Tempest, but it breaks upon their departure. Now Jenkins and the other three Librarians have to follow the rest of the clues to stop Prospero in the present. Prospero has one final task for Moriarty and sends him back in time as well. But Moriarty wants vengeance on his taskmaster for holding him prisoner and decides the best way to do that is to try to kill Shakespeare. Obviously, that does not work out, but Flynn and Eve discover that Prospero is Shakespeare transformed. His quill is magical, part of the Tree of Knowledge gifted to him by John Dee. With it, Shakespeare transforms into the wizard so he can escape a failure in his career. Moriarty is swiftly dealt with by Prospero, and he almost drowns Eve. She rises out of the water, like the Lady of the Lake (aided by the ladies of the Lake), throwing Excalibur to Flynn to defeat Prospero. So it follows that old adage of King Arthur, that he who wields Excalibur will do so once more and save England. The other three turn Prospero back into Shakespeare in the present, using some of Shakespeare’s’ work to define themselves. A portal opens that can send Shakespeare back to his time, but Flynn and Eve cannot come forward. However, they figure out how to do time travel the long way round, leaving the notes they need for themselves and asking Shakespeare to use his magic quill one last time to make them into a statue that is delivered to the Library for safekeeping. The other three free them from their very long kiss and heck, even Cal is back.
It’s adorable how much this team continues to become a family. Since I am not fully versed in Shakespeare, I probably miss some of the nuisances of Prospero being the villain, but Moriarty is excellent; almost sympathetic at times. I’m glad that Flynn takes Eve with him to defeat Prospero, rather than leaving her behind and handling the mission on his own; and I’m even happier that they don’t stay stuck in Elizabethan England forever.
Next Time: Season Three