I liked the Librarian films. They had a certain lazy Sunday afternoon movie feel about them, like the young Indiana Jones movies. But a series?
I’ve just watched the first double bill pilot of the Librarians and I have my reservations, the biggest of which is everyone looks like they are have been signed up out of charity.
Noah Wyle looks more and more like his Falling Skies character and less and less like the reckless and excited librarian from the films. Rebecca Romijn is a shadow of her former fashion model/Mystique self. Did you see her in Brian De Palama’s Femme Fatale? It can’t be the same woman in The Librarians.
I love but Bob Newhart and his appearance is the mirror just fills me with sadness. I had to watch Elf twice just to wipe the tears from my eyes (ok, tears is a little much). John Larroquette and Matt Fewer look like walking talking reruns of their previous roles. The only actor that looks like he is actually present is Christian Kane and his character looks two-dimensional in comparison to the edger and tormented Eliot from Leverage.
The cast aside, I can’t help thinking that since the Librarian films started ten years ago there have been so many series with much stronger casts, better production values and more original storylines (next week it is the minotaur). Five years ago, this would have been great, now I think it is time to catch up on reruns of Warehouse 13.