2x10 And The Final Curtain
Season: 2; Episode: 10
Written By: John Rogers & Paul Guyot
Directed By: Marc Roskin
As Prospero unleashes his final plan, Eve and Flynn travel back in time. It's up to Jenkins, Cassandra, Ezekiel and Jacob to stop Prospero and try to bring Flynn and Eve home
" Once Master Shakespeare is back in 1611, the primary paradox is closed. Timeline requires that he live out life in the past, but it will not allow you to return." -- Jenkins to Flynn and Eve
Season: 2; Episode: 10
Written By: John Rogers & Paul Guyot
Directed By: Marc Roskin
While Eve, Jenkins and The Librarians were under Prospero's spell, the wizard created an eternal forest around the planet and technology failed. In order to defeat Prospero and reverse his spell the Librarians need his original Staff of Power, but this was destroyed centuries ago. Flynn and Eve travel back in time to 1611 to retrieve the staff, but become trapped there when their time machine is accidentally destroyed.
In 1611, with the help of Moriarty, the realize that Prospero is in fact possessing Shakespeare. With the help of the Lady of the Lake Excalibur is returned to Flynn who uses it to break the staff and destroy Prospero.
In 2016, Jenkins and the LiTs use clues left for them by Eve and Flynn to exorcise Prospero and release Shakespeare. A portal to 1611 opens and Shakespeare. returns home, but Eve and Flynn remain trapped. To get home, they magically seal themselves in a statue, which Shakespeare ships to the Library and has stored in the locked room in the sub-basement. Now enough time has passed, a message appears above the door to room instructing Jenkins how to open it. Once he and the LiTs are inside the statue crumbles, Flynn and Eve (and Excalibur) are released and returned to 2016.
Continues straight after episode 2x09 And The Happily Ever Afters.
In the Annex, the team try to discover what Prospero has been doing while they were under his spell. Military communication channels aren't working. The internet has gone. There is no mains electricity. Cassandra has managed to access news satellites that are above the ionosphere and therefore not affected by the ley lines. They show that just before technology began to fail, giant forests and wild plants were growing out of control around the world.
I wrote that note to myself in the past? I know when the staff pieces are. -- Flynn
While compiling a list of the artifacts the Library holds which may have the power to reverse Prospero's spell, Flynn accidentally puts his right hand in some sticky liquid in Jenkins' lab, forcing him to write with his left hand. As he writes, Eve recognizes the writing as the being the same as on the note they found in the ruins of John Dee's house. Flynn realizes he knows when the staff can be found.
Prospero meanwhile is watching as trees grow quickly all around him. He tells Moriarty that is the eternal forest, a place of joy and happiness - his gift to humanity. Moriarty though is not convinced. He points out that this is not Prospero's story, there is nothing in The Tempest that says this is what Prospero wants. Moriarty thinks this plan is someone else's dream.
In the Library, Flynn's plan is to travel to 1611, take Prospero's original staff and return with it to 2016. Using the staff they will then be able to defeat Prospero. Flynn collects a crystal sphere from the Time Machine Room and calibrates it to take him and Eve to 1611. He explains that from the others perspective, he and Eve should be gone no more than five seconds. They place their hands on the sphere, it emits a bright blue light and Eve and Flynn vanish. Jenkins and the LiTs watch in horror as the sphere shatters. Jenkins explains that each time machine carves its own path and time travelers can only return using the time machine they left with. With the sphere destroyed, there is no way for Eve and Flynn to return home.
The sphere... it's destroyed. They're never, ever coming back -- Jenkins
(now the episode is divided between 2016 and 1611)
In the gardens of WIlton House in Wiltshire, England, Moriarty is alarmed to see what appear to be ghosts all around them. Prospero explains that they are not ghosts but past blending with the present. This place is where he first came to life, someone has connected that time with this, someone is walking through time.
In the Annex, Cassandra realizes that they have a clue - the letter Flynn wrote in the past. Jacob checks the parchment and finds a watermark, checking in the books he finds it is the crest of the Count and Countess of Pembroke. Jenkins remembers that would be Mary Sidney, Jacob notes that she lived at Wilton House.
Eve and Flynn arrive in England in 1611 and immediately attract the suspicion to two locals for their strange clothing, Eve's hair (they think she's a man because she's so tall) and Flynn attempts at a local accent. Eve and Flynn subdue the two men (without causing too much damage though, just in case they are ancestors) and take their clothes. As they are changing Moriarty appears and saves them from a soldier who was about to shoot them.
Moriarty tells Flynn and Eve that today is the first performance of the Tempest, it's the moment Prospero is magically released from the page. They enter Wilton House, where people are being asked to audition for Shakespeare's latest play. Flynn want to audition, find the staff and take it back to 2016. Moriarty has other plans. He steals a crossbow from a soldier and fires it at Shakespeare - Flynn throws an apple and knocks the arrow off course, saving Shakespeare who gratefully offers Flynn an audition in his play.
I tricked Prospero into sending me here as his agent. I want you to help me destroy him. -- Moriarty
In present day gardens of Wilton House, Jenkins and the LiTs see Prospero, he is alone and they are concerned he may have sent Moriarty back in time to stop Eve and Flynn. They hurry off to the house itself, where they find the Fleveh Shakespearean Collection - Cassandra works out that it's Fleve - FlynnEve. They know that they are in the right place, but are worried that if Flynn and Eve left them obscure clues then it means they knew they couldn't get home.
Flynn auditions (badly) for a part in the play. Shakespeare compliments him on his sword work and his knowledge of the text but not his acting. He does say if Eve (who he assumes, given the clothing she stole earlier, is a boy) wasn't so tall she's be good in a female role, it's apparently difficult to find good boys to play women - he's amused when Eve suggests hiring female actors. Flynn notices Shakespeare's strange quill. Shakespeare tells him it was a gift from John Dee, from Ancient Arabia carved from the tree of knowledge. As Shakespeare writes with the quill, the end glows blue. Flynn asks if he and Eve can be extras in the play that evening, but Shakespeare refuses. This evenings performance is before the king, it's important to the future of the troop. When Eve says that she's sure the king will like The Tempest, Shakespeare is confused, the play is called 'The Triumph Of Prospero'.
The Tempest? That's not the name. 'Tis The Triumph of Prospero -- Shakespeare
Jenkins is thinking about Arthur and musing how the legend states that he who wields Excalibur will return one day to save all England in her hour of need. Inside the Fleveh Collection, Ezekiel and Jacob are searching the room. A secret door opens in a dresser, revealing an old trunk containing a hand written manuscript of The Tempest; A quill made from wood from the Tree of Knowledge; a donkey head; a bunch of carnations; a cloak. They realize that the items are all connected to Shakespeare. Cassandra realizes that the carnations (two types of flower grafted together) symbolizes that Prospero and Shakespeare are grafted together. Jenkins realizes that the items in the truck are what they need to perform an exorcism.
Flynn and Eve are listening to Shakespeare rehearse what should be The Tempest but isn't. In this play, Prospero conquers the world. Eve and Flynn realize that with the power of his words, his rage at thinking he is being forgotten and the focus of the magical quill he can bring the words he writes to life. As Shakespeare say the name 'Prospero' he suddenly transforms into the wizard. Prospero starts of attack the onlookers with magic but only by taking aspects of Shakespeare's plays (he gives a man a donkey's head - Midsummer Night's Dream; three witches - Macbeth; a man it turned into a statue - The Winter's Tale). Flynn and Eve realize that Shakespeare didn't transform in Prospero, he's being possessed by him.
That's just not Prospero. He's Shakespeare. What we have here are the ritual elements of an exorcism. I think we have a fighting chance -- Jenkins
With the help of Moriarty they plan is to defeat Prospero in the way he was originally defeated - by drowning his book and breaking his staff. Flynn suspects that they will need something of immense power to break the staff, something like Excalibur, though he is long gone. Moriarty approaches Prospero, who does not remember him. Moriarty lures Prospero away with promise of being able to tell him his future. Prospero leaves his book and staff behind, Eve takes the book but Prospero returns before Flynn has time to take the staff.
Jenkins lays out the items from the trunk and summons Prospero. When the wizard appears, he taunts Jenkins who tells him they intent to perform an exorcism.
Flynn is injured on the ground. Eve is drowning Prospero's book when Prospero uses his staff to throw her into the lake. While under the water she is met by the Lady Of The Lake. Moriarty tries to stop Prospero, but Prospero stabs him with the staff. As Moriarty lies dying on the ground, he tells Flynn that Prospero's staff is actually his pen. Break is and he can re-write the story. Moriarty vanishes in a cloud of black ink. As Prospero attacks Flynn, Eve rises from the lake holding Excalibur. Flynn calls the sword and is flies over to him.
the LiTs take it in turns to read lines from Shakespeare to Prospero as the wizard is trapped in a magical triangle. As they read the triangle shrinks.
Flynn and Prospero fight. Flynn uses Excalibur to break Prospero's staff and Prospero vanishes
as the exorcism ends, Shakespeare appears in Prospero's place. The new forests and the ley lines disappear.
In 1611 a portal appears connecting them to 2016, on the other side are Jenkins, Shakespeare and the LiTs. The portal has appeared because time is trying to repair itself. It will allow Shakespeare to return to 1611. but it won't allow Flynn and Eve to cross back to 2016. Shakespeare crosses through and then Jenkins and the LiTs each say an emotional farewell to Flynn and Eve. The portal closes, leaving Flynn and Eve trapped in 1611.
Steal something shiny. Leave it somewhere interesting for me to find -- Ezekiel
Back in the Annex, Jenkins and Jacob are cataloging how the Library has changed since its return. Jacob mentions that there is a sign above the door saying that Jenkins has the key.
Outside the room, sure enough they find a sign saying "Jenkins the key is in your guardian's name" Jenkins holds the door handle and says "Eve Baird" - the door opens revealing a statue of Eve and Flynn. When Cassandra starts to speak, the statue crumbles, revealing Eve and Flynn alive inside.
Flynn and Eve explain how they got home. They created the plaque for above the locked door, filled the trunk with the items Jenkins and the LiTs would need to exorcise Prospero. Flynn wrote the note to himself they found at John Dee's house and then they got Shakespeare to use his magic pen to write the story of the LIbrarian and his Guardian who were turned to stone and awoken by Cassandra's voice. Shakespeare then arranged for the statue to be shipped to the Library, labeled as a dangerous artifact along with a letter explaining how to seal them in the room.
Eve, anybody could time travel, just in one direction -- -- Flynn
Back in the Annex, Eve hands out assignments to the LiTs. Meanwhile Flynn is trying to coax a shy Excalibur to follow him. When Eve joins him she points out that he doesn't need to run any longer, he could stay in the Library. He agrees, and muses whether the center table in the Annex should be round.
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