The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11 Review: And the Trial of One

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That's certainly one effective way to bring everything to a head.

The scorecard at the end of The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11 was zero Librarians remaining and one villain revealed.

Oh, and the whole Tethering Ceremony became a moot point.

Field of Battle - The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11

Once again, the Librarians played with magic they didn't understand, but this time Jenkins ended up paying the price for their efforts.

Yes, I agreed with Jacob that this magic spell to select the Librarian had to be better than drawing straws. Only it wasn't.

Instead, we got to see The Library in action and learned how important the human influence had been for centuries on that institution.

As a result, it became a battle to the death for the Librarians rather than just a couple of them having to resign. I guess they hadn't really taken a big-picture view of things while they were squabbling over who should be The Librarian. Returning to their old lives, while disappointing, would certainly beat being dead.

A Crucial Time - The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11

All season, Jenkins had been urging the Librarians to choose who was going to tether with Eve. Yes, adventures kept getting in the way, but there was enough downtime for them to think, "Hey, maybe we should do something to prevent the fast-approaching apocalypse."

Nope. They just shrugged it off as Jenkins being Jenkins.

But it turned out that Galahad, who had been with the Library for several centuries, knew what he was talking about. Too bad no one believed him in time.

The best part about the "Trial of the One" is that we discovered each person's greatest fear.

It made sense that Cassandra, who remains the weird kid in the room, was tormented by her classmates.

For the world's greatest thief, Ezekiel, being captured should have been his deepest concern.

Less obvious was Jacob's fear of magic. That would have to make being a Librarian extremely difficult.

Finally, there was poor Eve, who was forced to watch, until she finally figured out she was experiencing her worst fear -- being unable to protect her charges.

Even after her eyes were opened (by the Eye of Ampix), it was arrogant of Eve to believe she could fool The Library, the repository of all wisdom. 

The Library was one step ahead of her the whole time, and Jenkins got killed because of her misstep. 

Bow at the Ready - The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11

Now let's look at the battle among the Librarians.

I've said all along that if a choice must be made from the three remaining Librarians, it should be Jacob. Like Flynn, he has the best combination of physical and intellectual skills.

That's not to say that Cassandra and Ezekiel don't bring their own skill sets to the table. They're just not as well-rounded as Jacob.

Still, they held their own during the trial. If Eve hadn't intervened during the standoff among the three, who knows what would have happened?

I'm betting nothing. As on The Librarians Season 4 Episode 9, when Jacob and Ezekiel previously had their minds clouded by magic but resisted, I don't think the three friends could kill each other.

Granted, The Library had much more powerful hoodoo, so it's hard to say what the outcome would have been.

Facing off - The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11

I was disappointed that Nicole, the only recurring character from this season, was the villain behind all the problems at The Library. It was just too predictable.

On The Librarians Season 4 Episode 1, Jenkins explained Nicole was imprisoned for planning to attack the Library.

He was right, sort of. Nicole's plan was more devious: to cause humans to lose faith in The Library, ultimately severing the connection, benefitting both.

It was infuriating listening to Nicole lord it over Eve, telling her how Eve made things so much easier for Nicole's scheme to reach fruition. Oh, yeah, she also had Flynn locked up somewhere.

In the end, Eve got thrown back into a bleak world where the benefits of The Library don't exist for humanity.

So let's look ahead to the season finale, The Librarians Season 4 Episode 12. I'm guessing Eve will have to track the three free Librarians, convince them of their mission, then rescue Flynn from Nicole. Of course, this assumes those people exist in this new, knowledgeless world.

Now, how to bring back Jenkins. Time travel, or a resurrection spell? It has to be one of those oldie-but-goodie tropes.

To catch up before the finale, watch The Librarians online.

Did you foresee Nicole as the villain behind this season's crises? What did you think of the Librarians quitting? How will they bring back their world? Comment below.

And the Trial of One Review

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The Librarians Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

This is better than drawing straws. As much as I hate magic, I hate luck even more.

Jacob

Jenkins: The Library will revert to what it was originally.
Eve: Which is?
Jenkins: An institute caring only for the protection of its artifacts.