Filmed-in-Portland ‘The Librarians’ returns with ‘ultimate battle between good and evil’

When our heroes start off fighting druids, and end up battling the Egyptian God of Chaos, who’s  threatening to release the force of pure evil, you know it’s time for a new season of “The Librarians.”

The fantasy adventure that pits of group of super-intelligent eccentrics against assorted villains scheming to use magic to take over the world gets off to a typically fanciful start in Season 3, which debuts Sunday, Nov. 20 on TNT.

Though “The Librarians” sends its heroes all over the world, as well as back in time, the series is filmed in the Portland area.

Like “Leverage,” another Portland-filmed TNT series produced by Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, “The Librarians” uses Rose City locales to stand in for other parts of the globe.

For example, in the Season 3 opener, “…And the Rise of Chaos,” the team of Librarians — whose base of operations is a library stocked with supernatural lore and magical portals – head to what’s supposed to be the “Science Museum of Boston.”

Portlanders will recognize the supposed Boston institution as OMSI, and the submarine that Jacob Stone (Christian Kane) and Ezekiel Jones (John Kim) fixate on as the U.S.S. Blueback, moored in the Willamette River.
Beyond providing eye candy for Portlanders, “The Librarians” kicks off Season 3 in its usual style, with a fast-paced plot, family-friendly adventure and wisecracks. Hearing that the world is delicately balanced between the forces of good and “pure evil,” Stone asks, “Pure evil? As opposed to what, fake evil?”

As in previous seasons, the most satisfying aspect as Season 3 begins is the lively, comfortable interplay between the characters: The competent “guardian,” Eve Baird (Rebecca Romijn); the veteran Librarian, Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle,who’s a recurring guest star); tough guy-multiple Ph.D-holder Stone (Kane); clever thief Jones (Kim); mathematics genius Cassandra Cillian (Lindy Booth); and Jenkins (John Larroquette), who has long held down the fort at the Library’s Portland branch office, and also turns out to be none other than Sir Galahad, of King Arthurian legend.

This is a far-fetched bunch, to put it mildly. But what saves “The Librarians” from going overboard on the silliness is the show’s sense of humor. “The Librarians” has never taken itself too seriously, and instead goes for an old-fashioned, breathless, one-cliffhanger-after-another tone.

The Season 3 opener also sets up a grab-your-popcorn theme for what’s to come. Vanessa Williams turns up as a no-nonsense agent who’s part of the government “Department of Statistical Anomalies,” a shadowy outfit that’s been tracking the Librarians and “unexplained phenomena.”

Though the Librarians escape, we know we haven’t seen the last of the agents in suits. That’s because Baird helpfully clues us in with this foreshadowing line: “Oh, they’ll be back, I’m sure.”

As if that isn’t ominous enough, Jenkins and Flynn have an exchange about “the ultimate battle between good and evil.”

Not only is that war coming, Jenkins darkly says, “it has already begun.”

Gasp!

It’s not going to change anyone’s life, but if you can’t bear another bleak episode of “Westworld” or “the Walking Dead” on Sunday nights, “The Librarians” is there to give you a giggle and some distraction.
 
“The Librarians” Season 3 premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 on TNT.

 

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