In 2004, TNT made The Librarian, which featured Noah Wyle before the sky started falling, and was the most irresponsibly inaccurate depiction of the noble profession of librarians that this critic has ever been flustered to see on television. Hardly a moment spent soaking in the glorious silence of the stacks at night, not a reference to that heady musk of dust and crackling dry pages in the deepest shelves. A librarian, ah a librarian, for all their reputation as stuffy and an anachronism in today’s age of computers and whats-its, the librarian has never been more at home than today.
We live in a world of information, and those that can find information, harness it, are the gods of our society, even if they prefer to stay in the shadows and the background. A librarian is someone who has dedicated their life to guarding and finding that knowledge. Name some bit of data that you need - say the amount of property tax gathered from agricultural collectives, aggregated by second sub-national administrative level, in Namibia from 1983 to 1991. I’ll give you a second.
WHERE IS YOUR GOOGLE GOD NOW BITCH?
Librarians are to Google what the T1000 is to a graphing calculator. The latter is highly useful, and puts power into the hands of those who know nothing else, but you put the latter in the hands of the former and you’ve given a master a tool.
I don’t know if TNT actually literally owns Noah Wyle as chattel at this point given his acting record of the last decade, but they have now roped him in as a recurring guest star to a television series called The Librarians. They’ve also cast Rebecca Romijn, recently paroled from trying to lure Jennifer Lawrence onto the set of Saw, and Christian Kane who everyone should remember from Angel and not from Leverage.
Here’s the trailer:
Running around in strange locations, try to find silly macguffins. That’s not the work of librarians, but that of mere hired thugs. Or graduate students. They’re cheaper.