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The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, on TNT
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This first aired in 2008, but I didn't see it until 2017. It's the third TV movie in the Librarian franchise, following The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines. I classified the first two movies as "genre" (i.e., sci-fi/fantasy), but I'm putting this one in the "Halloween TV movies" subsection. It has nothing to do with Halloween, but it does involve vampires. Anyway, I feel like I probably liked it slightly more than the first two movies.

At the start of the movie, Flynn attends an auction and bids on a vase, against a competitor. Meanwhile, his latest girlfriend, Katie, gets tired of his always abandoning her with no explanation (since he can't tell her about his real job). Flynn manages to get the vase, though he only wants it because of a relic it contains. Which... isn't really important to the main story. Anyway, after Katie leaves him, he returns to the Library with the relic, but he has a bit of a meltdown over the job always ruining his private life, so Judson decides to let him take a vacation. At first, Flynn just stays at home, but then Charlene shows up (drunk) at his apartment, and gives him some travel brochures. After she leaves, he falls asleep, and dreams of a sort of ghostly woman (Stana Katic) who asks him to find her. The dream then cuts to an image of a statue, and when he wakes up, he sees the statue on a brochure for New Orleans. So, he decides to go there.

The first person he meets is a cabbie named Andre, who will be of some help throughout the film (partly because he has various "cousins" who are also helpful). But it's not long before Flynn meets a French singer named Simone, who is obviously the woman from his dream. She leads him to the first clue in a search for a relic called the Judas Chalice, which can bring dead vampires back to life, or grant even greater power to a an undead vampire who drinks from it. Of course, all this comes as a surprise to Flynn, as much because he has to accept that he's not actually on vacation as because he had no idea vampires were real. Meanwhile, there's a group of Russians led by a former KGB agent named Kubichek, who are also searching for the Chalice. And to help them find it, they abduct a crippled history professor named Lazlo (Bruce Davison). The Russians had already found and stolen a coffin supposedly containing the corpse of Vlad the Impaler (aka Dracula), and they want to obtain the Chalice to bring him back to "life," to lead an army of vampires to restore Russia to is former glory. Or whatever.

Well, I guess I don't really want to reveal any more details. Except that Simone, of course, becomes a love interest for Flynn. And she has a pretty interesting backstory, though it didn't really surprise me. And there's eventually a twist revelation about another character, which also didn't surprise me. Still, it was all pretty fun.

This was (for now and perhaps forever) the last of the "Librarian" TV movies. However, there was later a TV series called "The Librarians," which continued the universe established by the movies. I really want to see the series, but I have no idea when I'll get the chance.


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