Everything is really
coming together this episode
First we have the
full reunion with Mike and EL, El without her wig and the two kids moving their
awkward way through flirting. They’re called by Lucas about Ominous Men coming
to the house and manage to get out in time with Dustin and meet up with Lucas
on the way. They’d probably still have been caught but El can throw large vans
around which is an effective way to stop pursuit
Y’know every time
these people chase El they never seem to have any plan for what to do when they
catch her. “We have caught the girl who can kill people with her mind!
Proceeding to asking her really nicely to come with us!”
Lucas and El both
make their apologies to each other and Mike to Lucas so things are a bit
smoother there. They head to a hiding place in a junk yard as helicopters swarm
The Ominous men
search Karen and her husband’s house looking for signs of El and urging them
Karen and Ted to trust them. Ted is a good little drone but Karen, who has been
unfailingly awesome throughout this series, is much much more suspicious.
Joyce and Jim get
called in to pick up Jonathan who is under arrest after his fight with Steve
which Chief Jim quickly makes go away before Joyce explodes messily all over
everyone. The police are wary of the monster hunting kit Jonathan and Nancy
have been driving around with but Jim and Joyce know the truth and demand an
Joyce is super upset
that Jonathan wanted to go off without her to do this and almost tearfully
protests that he doesn’t have to do this alone. It’s emotional and works so
well with all of Joyce’s reactions because of the undertone -the unspoken
acknowledgement that Jonathan kind of has had to do it alone. That Joyce has
kind of fallen apart - and even before all this happened I get the impression
Jonathan has had to handle a lot alone.
This week we have
Uncle Bubba interrupting Bea and Isaac’s alone time… and Bubba?
He’s amusing but he’s
such a bumbling buffoon that he kind of makes me cringe for every second he’s
He’s interrupting Bea
and Isaac’s alone time because he thinks he’s being haunted by an evil clock.
He warns Garvey and Russ not to touch it because bad things will happen
Russ, who isn’t in on
the big secret, of course touches the clock. He and Garvey are sucked into
demon clock world. No-one is amused by Bubba over this. Bubba explains who may
have a grudge against him (he owes someone money and slept with their wife) and
Isaac and Bea have absolutely no time at all for him referring to women as
“bitches”. Because this show is twice as aware on gender and race issues than
pretty much anything else out there
leads to Bubba and Isaac also being sucked into clock world
Clock world is spooky
black and white with occasional clockwork people because they know all about
the spooky. Russ wants to touch things and leap in while Garvey shows her far
greater experience of random woo-woo - and of course Russ hears all about the
family history so he won’t do silly things like not listen to Garvey
They grab the man who
hated Bubba to fill them in about the clock. He’s not co-operative and Bea
absolutely refuses to allow Calvin use violence to coerce him because that is
not who they are. However she does use her cat to threaten him. What her cat
does we don’t know but it seems to involve turning into a much bigger, scarier
Now more reluctantly
co-operative the man explains that he trapped a poltergeist called Agnes in the
clock and then fed her 80 odd souls to make her super powered. Agnes now thinks
she’s god of her realm but still serves him
He’s right about all
but the last part, as he too is sucked into the clock.
It’s the episode I
never realised I needed so badly to see - Lucifer, first cast out of Heaven in
2011 with awesome opening text being all dramatic
And then Lucifer
wearing a hopelessly outdated suit and still making it work because he’s
Lucifer and Tom Ellis has just mastered this role beyond compare. He’s also
flaring his wings around with casual comfort. This isn’t apparently his first
holiday and he quickly embarks on some fun with booze, women and whipped cream
Which is when Amenadiel drops in to bring him back home and snark:
Amenadiel: Those poor
humans know not what they do
Lucifer: They all
know they’re doing me.
condescension is heavy back here and it’s clear he knows very little about
humans. He demands Lucifer go back to hell and he menaces him as the strongest
angel - though Lucifer points out Amenadiel has never actually fought Lucifer.
Not that he will because the divine interacting on Earth is against the rules.
He’s also very worried what repeated exposure to the divine will do to
humanity. To which Lucifer has a dirty but kind of awesome quip at the amount
of divine that has been spilled on the sofa
But Lucifer backs
down when Amenadiel threatens to get dad involved -because back in 2011,
Lucifer still cared what daddy thought. He only begs for time to say goobye
And while he does
that Amenadiel gets shot and mugged (I’m pretty sure bullets didn’t put angels
on the floor before so retcon I guess), his holy necklace is stolen. And
everyone insults his robes - including Lucifer (I have to say in this episode
Lucifer and Amenadiel have an excellent “annoying little brother” vibe)
He hurries back to
Lucifer to steal clothes and go to the police to report the theft. These
clothes involve a Tshirt with “if you’re rich I’m single” written on it and… a
hat and sunglasses combo that will traumatise me forever.
He goes to the police
- to Chloe when she was still a uniformed cop - and knows so little about
humanity that he utterly fails to actually report a crime.
Instead he has to
appeal to Lucifer for help - and Lucifer agrees because he wants to spend more
time with LA and he also manages to extract a favour from Amenadiel.
His actions have also
set Chloe off, eager to prove herself as a detective (hubby Dan is already a
detective) and she begins her own investigations connecting Amendaiel’s mugging
with the shooting of a professional fighter called Aiden in the same area. She
notes that both the victims were very big men and not your most common mugging
The gang’s all
together celebrating Thanksgiving with everyone being all positive and friendly
and nice (ish, anyway). But we have some ominous whispers coming from Calvin’s
ring and a big scary storm coming in
And some omens of a
The death isn’t that
surprising giving that they run a funeral home. Eric wants to bury his deceased
wife - and he wants her buried with the world’s creepiest possible doll.
Because this guy is
just TRYING to create an evil demonically possessed doll.
The doll was important
to his dead wife because she couldn’t have a child. Bea is definitely moved by
the story and rightously slaps Calvin down for being even slightly
disrespectful of the evil demon doll. While Tilly is well and truly freaked out
since she has a
perfectly sensible rational irrational fear of dolls.
It should surprise
absolutely nobody that demon doll kills Eric’s dead wife’s best friend Brenda -
and then rips out her eyes and puts them on a teddy bear and stuffs her body
with cotton wadding.
So they call Eric the
husband and say “oh hey, demon doll is evil and killing people” and it turns
out he was totally having an affair with the dead woman and adds that they
weren’t infertile, he and his wife had a child but the child was stillborn
which sent his wife into a huge depression. So he got her the creepy demon doll
for comfort -he mentions a Thai tradition of Luk Thep but I honestly think this
tradition wants nothing to do with evil demon dolls.
He also advises they
just throw the doll away
Which is stupid when you clearly should be KILLING IT WITH FIRE.
2017 is now behind us
and we now look forward to 2018 with… well, a large degree of creeping dread
On Fangs, as I
referred to in our holiday post, we’ve had some troubles in the latter half of
the year which has somewhat cut our output, but we have continued to follow the
genre we love - and analyse it through our lens.
Gods and Sens8 - there was some real awesome here this
year, hopefully most will continue. Do I even need to say why these are so
awesome? We all know this.
This was the year
when I was introduced to the Aislinn mice, HAIL THE
INCRYPTID SERIES! Hail! I am HOOKED. This is one of those series I have quickly become
creepily obsessed by
This year has
unleashed a certain level of carnage: I’ve honestly lost count of the shows
which have ended but most of them, I think, had reached their natural end. Grimm, Vampire
Diaries? Yeah… it was time.
I’m going to miss Class, Whoverse, a very diverse cast,
intriguing and compelling characters, a layer of darkness and it was just
getting into its stride. And we had Quill. Alas, it wasn’t given enough of a
chance. I’m going to miss Teen Wolf
though I seem to be
the only one. Yes it was flawed but I seem alone in thinking the series was
actually getting better with each new season. Emerald
City was just tragic - I honestly thought this awesome show was guaranteed a
renewal - when I saw the low ratings my only comment is: WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU
It hasn’t been
renewed yet - but I really hope Superstition returns: it worked, raising so many
tropes and then handling them with a careful hand. Let’s hope it - and 3% needs to return as well
I have noticed a
seeming trend in Urban Fantasy books away from the epic series. Oddly, while tv
shows and films are embracing sprawling connected worlds and marathon binge
sessions, books seem to be moving more to the one-offs or trilogy formats. A
lot of the 6-10-16 book series I’ve read and love are starting to come to an
end and the new books I’m picking up are not gearing up for the long haul.
Rather than an individual book, I’m missing a concept: I’m missing the idea of
these epic series, these amazing worlds I can set up camp in.
We’re Happy to Say Goodbye To 2017
The Mist is gone, it’s gone! Oh dear gods it
was bad. So very very bad. So terribly awfully bad. Oh my gods it was bad
Horror Story - yeah I know we’re
never fans of this show. But Cult was especially dire, it set whole new
levels of awful, it plumbed new depths. I worry that American Horror Story
will see this as a challenge next year. We have suffered enough!
Zoo has also left us - and honestly it was
so bad at the end I was almost enjoying this nonsense. I think I took the
series even less serious attention than the writers were!
Well we’ve definitely
got some positive shows to look to: Doctor
Who has a new Doctor and the first female Doctor which we definitely want to
follow. We have the continuation of Star
Trek: Discovery which has expanded on Star Trek’s original commitment to some
diversity. Z Nation with its zaniness is also a
surprisingly compelling show led by an awesome Black woman.
I can’t say there are
a lot of new shows on my radar at the moment - I definitely am intrigued by A
Discovery of Witches and there’s no way I
will be anything but excited by a Good Omens adaptation but there’s not
a lot more pinging my radar - by all means bring your suggestions to the
I am seeing some more
marginalised main characters but not so many protagonists - especially with Own
Voice authors; so these are definitely eagerly what I’m always hunting
One thing I do want
to see more in 2018 is more meaningful inclusion. While representation in our
shows and books has generally increased in numbers, it has not necessarily
increased in depth. Most minority characters occupy side roles, bit parts,
supporting cast; they exist to tick a diverse box but not really be a
compelling element of the series. They could be removed - or, alternative,
could easily be replaced by a non-minority without appreciably changing their
story, the story of the series or changing their character’s growth. It’s an
odd kind of erasure that shows a minority presence while continuing to ignore
the reality of minority lives. Similarly we have a growing number of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it
portrayals which become more prevalent the more prominent the character is. It’s
time for the next step - for there to be a number of minority characters and
for that to actually inform their characters, to be seen as an opportunity for
storytelling rather than an obstacle; to define a character as more than just a
marginalised person but also not to do our utmost to remove that from their
The sinister group
this episode are creepy Russian grave robbers robbing graves around the world
belonging to Nicole
Noon; yes the ex-guardian
with dubious motives
While at the Library
Flynn and Jenkins are arguing. Flynn has taking Dare’s warnings to heart while
Jenkins vehemently declares “screw Mr. Dare” which is surprisingly crude for
Galahad. He thinks Dare’s fears are ridiculous, antiquated and paranoid and
it’s ludicrous that Flynn should be dodging the tethering ceremony because of
it, especially with time running out. He thinks Flynn’s real doubts come down
to Nicole - and the doubts she seeded in the first episode. And hey he’s
willing to debate Nicole’s guilt (which he still thinks is set) but the Library
needs tethering now.
Mid argument, they
realise that Eve is missing.
Eve has managed to
catch up with Nicole who is trying to stop the Russians from raiding all of her
graves. I think if she wanted to keep secret sites with artefacts hidden she
maybe shouldn’t put her name on them all.
Eve and Nicole meet
with Eve assuring Nicole she just wants to bring Nicole back to the Library,
she doesn’t like leaving people behind and she wants her to be part of the team
again. While Nicole is also very aware that Eve does not 100% trust Nicole and
also wants to keep an eye on her. And she doesn’t need the Library to be a
Guardian, she will still be a Guardian working alone. There’s a lot of
competition and snark including lots of critique of each others’ fighting
styles which ends up with the Russians escaping despite being thoroughly
beaten. They are most snarky and I like it.
Nicole tries to run
off alone but Eve makes it clear: she accepts Eve and Eve doesn’t call the
team. Otherwise she gets 4 Librarians and a Custodian following her around. So
it’s Eve and Nicole, not trusting but opening up a little. As Eve sees many
graves of Nicole she also sees the memories and photos she stored - including
all the people she left behind. It brings home to Eve just how hard being an
immortal is, especially without a person to ground them. Nicole touches on her
fears but Eve is clear: she IS afraid - but not necessarily of immortality but
being alone. Of turning into Nicole, basically. Of course that also raises the
fear that maybe the others may leave the Library and leave her
Nicole does try to
leave Eve behind but it doesn’t go well
Their actual quest is
to find Koshi’s needle, an artefact capable of various terribad awfulness.
At the Library
everyone’s tracking Eve and Nicole - and by everyone I mean Jenkins (who
doesn’t trust Flynn to be objective) and Flynn, after Ezekiel uses some
computer hacking to find them. Being Librarians they quickly catch up on the
trail, following them through England...
Ok, can we stop
saying “just outside of Lancashire” or “she’s gone to Lancashire” because that
is a completely useless direction. Lancashire isn’t a town or city. It’s a county
- a region, 3,000+ square kilometers.
Also I am deeply
amused that anyone thinks a beverage of choice in Lancashire is “cucumber
...through to Rome
and then Ukraine outside of Chechnya - so as Eve and Nicole climb a cliff they
find Flynn and Jenkins already there (the riddle closely following the legend
The magical quandary
this episode is a town where everyone is old. Worse, The Librarians made
the Florida joke before I could!
So the whole town has
been artificially aged and it’s time to investigate why with lots of questions
and investigations with all five of the main gang going to the town (ok I know
many will disagree but I kind of love that Flynn manages to make the “We’re
Librarians” line work when Stone and everyone else never can). We also have a
nice small moment of Cassandra being almost intrigued by aging since she’s
finally considering the possibility for herself now she’s not facing terminal
illness any more.
The gang is attacked
by some creepy monsters and are saved by a very dramatic man: a very dramatic
man called Derrington Dare who calls himself the Librarian
I’m all ready to call
imposter but it turns out we have a genuine time travelling Librarian. I then
cringed and expected lots of posturing between Flynn and Dare - but it turns
out Flynn is a complete and utter fanboy of Dare’s, having read his Library
record and clearly stylising a lot of his persona and technique on Dare’s. His
fanboiing is both cringeworthy and cute - and Eve is wonderfully clear in tolerating
his silliness.The other Librarians are less amused that Dare considers them
“assistants” and it’s annoying that that’s pretty much how they’re considered
for this whole episode.
The aging is caused
by Dare’s nemesis, Ambrose Gethic. It seems Dare and Gethic have been fighting
each other for pretty much ever to the extent that it consumes both of their
lives. Gethic was the one who created a time travel portal which Dare followed
him through. As Dare recounts his story, Flynn also realises that Dare is close
to the date of his death - when he goes back he dies tomorrow. Cue angsty
“can’t alter the time line” trope.
There’s lots more
adorkable fanpoodling from Flynn and when they go to the Library, Dare keeps
calling Jenkins “Galahad” which is always cool. But Dare also has a problem: 4
librarians. He reveals some secret history which Jenkins has kept hidden
(Jenkins is kind of repentant but not very): the last time there were 2
librarians (many many centuries ago) they went to war and because of that the
Library was cut from the world, cutting off human curiosity and learning and
wonder: which caused the Dark Ages
Ok let’s poke this.
First of all, the “Dark Ages” are a terribad eurocentric term which should
never be used unless you’re only talking about Europe. While Dark Ages Europe
had relatively little “progress” (little but not none), the Middle East, China
and more were quite happily chugging along with lots of this curiosity and
learning and wonder stuff. The Library, as a world wide institution, needs to