The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

By Daniel McQuade
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Warning: The following review contains several spoilers of The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice. Second warning: If you are seriously concerned about spoilers for a Noah Wyle made-for-TV movie, please consult your local librarian for books about more interesting subjects.

In the opening scene of The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, librarian Flynn (Noah Wyle) purchases an antique vase at auction. He promptly breaks it, revealing a stone that turns whatever it touches into gold. He returns to the Metropolitan Library, where his bosses Judson (Bob Newhart) and Charlene (Jane Curtin) walk him to the storeroom, revealing the Fountain of Youth and Noah's Ark.

Flynn is shocked. He continues to be surprised in every scene of the final installment of TNT's adventure series about a secret society of librarians who protect the world's treasures.

In his first adventure, Flynn protected a spear that granted power to control the future. His second movie chronicled a quest for a book that could control time and space. One might think another Biblical artifact or a 400-year-old undead New Orleans cabaret singer would be old hat by now, but Flynn continues to be amazed. It's like he didn't even see the first two movies.

He follows a dream to New Orleans, where he's seduced by the singer-vampire (Stana Katic). She's actually the protector of the Judas Chalice, made from the pieces of silver Judas received to betray Christ. This (naturally) has the power to revive Dracula.

Asking The Librarian 3 for consistency is asking a lot, I know. But the movie is asking me to take a lot too: University of Bucharest classes conducted in English, villains so incompetent it's actually simpler for Flynn to be captured, characters with no memory of the last scene they were in. If I were a library scientist, I'd be offended.

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