Rebecca Romijn of The Librarians, Season 4

Season 4 of The Librarians starts on Thursday 14 December at 20:00 on Universal Channel (DStv 117), and stream live on DStv Now.

Season 4 of The Librarians starts on Thursday 14 December at 20:00 on Universal Channel (DStv 117), and stream live on DStv Now.

Back for the fourth season, The Librarians centres on an ancient organization dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth and John Harlan Kim star in the series as protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with John Larroquette as their reluctant caretaker.  Noah Wyle has returned as Flynn Carsen, one of the longest surviving librarians in the series’ mythology.

DStv spoke to Rebecca Romijn, who said they were very excited and just so proud of this fourth season, adding that it’s the best yet – a wild card season.

We asked what we could expect in season four, after the happenings of season 3.

Rebecca revealed that it gets very personal for everyone. The three librarians in training have to look at who they are and whether they want to stay with the library.  The fourth one is trying to keep the library together. Rebecca added that the libray has been untethered this whole time, and that once the library becomes tethered, the two mortals become immortal, causing the the library to lose its power and collapse. This season the library has to find two mortals to tether itself to.

It’s a wild, out there season to look forward to, and although there is a through-line, unlike the other three series with 10 episodes, this fourth season has 12 episodes and they are thrilled about that. Rebecca added that South Africans play the best villains. There is always a through-line, with the season baddie who keeps popping up. The favourite season baddies have been played by South Africans in the past – Lesley-Anne Brandt and David S Lee who was in season 2 when they went up against the fictionals in Season 2.

In this fourth season it’s unclear who the villain is, and it starts to look like the villain is possibly the library itself. There is someone from the library’s past who turns up and may or may not have the library’s best interest at heart. There is always a lovely through-line throughout the season, and they also have many through-line themes, but there are also some episodes that are stand-alone cases where they find themselves in separate missions that they need to take on, that are totally different for them.

This season Noah Wyle is one of the producers but also plays Flynn Carsen, has been writing and directing as well as and acting in some episodes. He wrote a magnificent episode, which is a stand-alone episode.  Noah’s mind is brilliant. In this episode which is a stand-alone, they all get stuck in different movies and have to figure out the movie plot in order to solve a mystery.  It’s really fun and Noah’s mind is just brilliant and works in many mysterious ways.

Rebecca added that while they get to do straight-up missions many times going up against the season villain, they also have these situations where they often find themselves out of their comfort zones and find themselves in ludicrous situations where they get taken out of their comfort zones. She said that as an actress it’s so much fun switching it up and doing something completely different from one episode to the next.

We asked Rebecca what is has been like to play Eve Baird

She responded that the whole show has such a warm sweet spot in her heart, she loves the character and how she has developed as well as how her relationship with the librarians and with Flynn has developed, and now that they are four seasons in, they have been able to find these fine nuances.

Rebecca explained that Eve is strong and regimented, she’s there to make sure everyone is safe and that’s her job, but she’s so full of heart and she cares for these people – they are her family. It’s important to her to play a character like this because her daughters appreciate these characters. They are at an age where they can appreciate the show and all the characters, and she appreciated playing a strong female character that they can look up to.

It’s important to Rebecca if she’s working the hours she works where her daughters lose their mom for a few months out of the year that they can enjoy the final result along with her, and it’s so nice and rewarding for her.  The  show is shot in summer in Portland and her daughters are at summer camp but they come to set – it’s a family friendly set. Noah has his kids there and some local crew members have children there, and the executive producer brings his children to set. It’s fun, and it’s a nice environment, she said.

We asked Rebecca if she has a message to fans of The Librarians in South Africa, as well as the rest of Africa.  She said that they worked very, very hard in this fourth season. It’s a wild, weird and crazy season.  If you’re already a fan you will have to love it. If you’ve never seen it, you’ll love it if you like action and adventure shows, something like Indiana Jones meets goonery. It’s slapstick, it’s smart and has a lot of heart, it’s a nice wonderful show for the family to watch together and they’re very proud and excited about this fourth season, and they can’t wait to share it, and are sure people will love the show.

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by Alice da Silva