We’re still not dealing with Prospero specifically on The Librarians this week, but magical mischief is caused by none other than Dorian Gray. His magic has caused young and beautiful people to suffer the effects of accidents and sins they had nothing to do with.
For example, a girl goes flying when Dorian Gray (DG as I will call him) gets hit by a car. Of course nothing happens to DG, but the girl gets hurt. Another guy suffers the effects of a cocaine overdose. (So not opium like in the novel, but still a really bad drug.)
And, unfortunately, that magic extends to selfies which Jenkins is not a fan of— as to be expected. Though Jake makes a very good point that selfies are just the natural end to a progression of self-portraits starting with the ones rich people got painted of themselves.
The show’s iteration of DG is a Tom Riddle-esque brat who owns a club, Effigy (punny), which is at the root of all the trouble. So the Librarians and Eve dress up in nothing that would be considered clubbing clothing and head to the club. The club is ridiculous and all phones are surrendered inside. Any photos taken by club provided devices are owned by the club. Welp.
Cassandra gets drunk on one club soda assisted by DG’s magic and calls Eve “Evie”, which is super cute.
Other cute things are Cassandra and Jake investigating Prospero-related leads in London where the episode first starts and the face she makes when Jenkins mentions clubbing naked way back in the day.
I also really appreciate the literary one-upping between Jake and the bouncer who hadn’t originally let Jake or Ezekiel into the club. Prior to the episode where Jake finally realizes he is worthy just as he is without his father’s approval, we never got to see him talk about his passions to random people.
Last week, he fought another professor (whom he had admired) and this week he just talks about poets for a solid five minutes. It is awesome to see him be himself.
Then Ezekiel, of all people, shows his knowledge by figuring out how to resuscitate another victim at the diner across the street by shocking her with a lamp, spatulas, and some mayonnaise. It is hilarious but surprisingly works quite well.
Back at the club, Cassandra continues to be a sloppy drunk while Eve unknowingly talks to DG who is smug, narcissistic, and as obnoxious as he is in the novel. Fortunately, Jenkins appears and checks with the photographer at the club, and they realize it isn’t the photographer or his camera, but the photos themselves that the magic is affecting.
What a commentary on selfies and how we take more photos of ourselves, and photos in general, than in each year past.
Turns out this is image transference magic, which goes back to the focus, power, and effect idea of magic that has been explored in previous episodes. But the effect is on people who haven’t done anything actually wrong.
And Jenkins finally explains that Dorian Gray was real and specifically Oscar Wilde’s “best” friend. (Like, of the biblical kind.)
DG’s sins are being transferred to the people who are taken in the club. So, if they can find the original painting and destroy it, DG’s soul will go with it. Assumedly. Jake stabs the painting (which is as gross as we would think), but that’s not the only picture.
Turns out all of the photos have been combined to create one huge photo mosaic of DG. Since pictures exist in the cloud, they would have to actually delete each photo.
Eve has Ezekiel replace Cassandra’s photo with her own (up to this point Eve had avoided getting her photo taken) and replace all the other photos with other photos to create a new photo entirely while Eve followed Dorian.
Jake also shows up and has to fight Dorian to keep him subdued which unfortunately also hurts Eve and then DG runs up to the roof. If Eve kills him, she dies, and if he falls off the roof, she dies again. There’s even a moment when DG highlights how Eve is the best guardian that any Librarian has because she understands the nuances of her job and protecting them.
So Eve jumps over the roof herself because the new photo was of her! Thus destroying DG for good.
Eve thanks the others for saving her and they all talk about how the Librarians are chosen because they are expendable. None of them have any real ties to the world, but they now have each other, Eve, and Jenkins; thereby changing how the Library works entirely.
Jenkins leaves Eve and us with the lesson that there’s a difference between image and identity (and calls her Eve for the first time instead of Colonel!).
This season’s increased Jenkins time is the best thing ever. And every episode ending with a little Jenkins lesson is quite possibly my new favorite thing about the show.
Still no Prospero, but at least everything else is great.