“The Librarians” Season 1 Episode 9 “And the City of Light” aired on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on TNT. In the previous episodes, the librarians have encountered paranormal and mythical figures, as well as Santa Claus. This time, Ezekiel insists, UFOs are involved. Find out what happened in the recap below.
A UFO hunter goes missing and strange lights appear in a small town. Jenkins (John Larroquette) says that this can’t be the work of aliens, but Ezekiel (John Kim), the UFO nut, questions this. Why can’t aliens exist if magic exist? The librarians head to the town to do more investigation.
This town was apparently established in 1953. However, Jake (Christian Kane) notices that many of the buildings have 1800s architecture. Something is way off. In order to learn about the town’s history, Eve (Rebecca Romjin) asks him and Cassandra (Lindy Booth) to ask a local. They come across Mabel, who also happens to be the town’s archivist, chancellor, maintenance and finance manager. Jake is smitten by her, and they connect with their love for Paris and anything French.
Eve and Ezekiel, meanwhile, head to the woods to trace the UFO hunter’s tracks, when they notice someone following them. In order to lose their tail, the two separate and Ezekiel spots a gas lamp in the middle of nowhere. Suddenly, a man appears with his eyes lighting up. It’s Victor Finch, the UFO hunter, and he seems possessed. Eve pushes him, but she bumps into the gas lap. With a flicker, Eve disappears right before Ezekiel’s eyes.
Back in the Annex, Jenkins could not believe that they lost their guardians. Ezekiel thinks that Eve has been beamed up into space, and once again, Jenkins debate with him over UFOs. Cassandra says that they need to talk to Victor Finch, but the guy is of no help. He hardly remembers what happened to him.
So Jake suggests to look into the mystery behind the gas lamps, taking this time to talk to Mabel some more. He learns that Mabel has actually never left town all her life due to “family obligations.” Most of the locals have not left town too.
So, about the gas lamps? Jake tells Mabel they have noticed a reading, and she asks to see this. The librarians show her the gas lamp in the woods and when Jenkin touches this, Eve’s figure appears. Mabel claims she has never seen this before. She also suspects that they are not actually librarians, and she starts to get mad. Jake pleads from her to keep this a secret, until they figure out what the gas lamp is really for. She returns to the archive to look for more information.
Back at the Annex, Jenkin explains that Eve is trap in some sort of discharge, and he’s looking for a way to reverse this. He gives Zeke a tool to wear to find the current with Cassandra. She says they need to find a circuit. Wearing the tool, Zeke sees that Eve is just there standing in front of them. He also sees people dressed in 1800s clothes walking around town. What is this?
Jake returns to the archive to do his own work, but Mabel catches him breaking and entering. She suggests a truce and offers to work together. But then, Mabel hides a file as Jake looks into some folders. He sees a box too and uncovers more gas lamps. He then suspects Mabel is hiding something, so she fesses up.
She tells him that the gas lamps were already in town when they got there in 1953. The old town was built by Nicholai Tesla, the famous inventor.
Meanwhile, Ezekiel discovers that these old people he’s seeing using the tool from Jenkins are body snatchers, and Cassie also learns about Tesla. Even better, she sees an old photo of Mabel from 1915. The girl has some explaining to do.
Cornered, Mabel explains that the gas lamps are actually prototypes of an experiment Tesla did back then. But something went wrong that time and their town, including 87 people, became trapped in some interdimensional border, which is what happened to Eve. Their group has been working on a fix to bring things in order, and they think they finally have it right. Only, they need more help.
Mabel leads them to the dam to show them mechanisms they have been testing. Jenkins understands what they’re planning to do and asks the librarians: Will they bring a lost town back into the world?
Ezekiel has issue with their body snatching, so his answer is no. Jake doesn’t think it is right that they have been stuck for 100 years, so his answer is yes. Cassandra thinks there’s a 50-50 chance this would work, and if it fails, it’s a done deal. Jenkin thinks this is the only way they can help Eve, so they have no other choice but to do it.
Cassandra is the brains behind the mechanism working, but somewhere along the way, she figures that it’s too powerful and strong, it could blow up the next few towns over, killing many innocent people. She tells Victor Finch this has to stop, but he says he’s tired of living like this and locks Cassandra up. Thankfully, the rest of her group finds her before things got worse, and she tells them the problem. The mechanism is too risky. It needs to be overridden.
Mabel volunteers to do this, since Tesla used her as a grounding wire in the last experiment. Thus, energy would discharge on her. The plan works, and they stop the charge just in time for it to bring Eve back, but it costs Mabel’s life, and the rest are still trap in their dimension. They mission partly fails.
Back in the annex, Eve reminds them that this isn’t their fault. Sometimes, they just lose. Later, Jenkin gives Eve an appoint book to note what happened for future librarians. In the next 100 years, they could probably help those who are still trapped. There’s still hope!
Meanwhile, Jake takes the teleporter to travel to Paris, in memory of Mabel.
And that’s what happened in “The Librarians” Season 1 Episode 9 “And the City of Light” which aired on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. on TNT. For more about this show, check Movie News Guide (MNG) regularly.
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/TNTLA