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'Da Vinci’s Demons' recap: Infidels at the gates

I have to revisit the end of episode 209 before diving into this, the finale of season 2 of  Da Vinci’s Demons , and just say, “OMG, they killed Verrocchio!” I have mourned the loss of Allan Corduner’s character since then. He was a kind and faithful maestro. In “The Sins of Daedalus,” we pick up in the burning workshop. Captain Dragonetti battles his way through the fire and saves Leonardo. Zoroaster, Nico and Vanessa come running as Florence’s citizens fight the blaze. Zo goes for a doctor when they see how badly Leonardo is wounded. “Carlo de Medici … he’s the one who did this. He killed Andrea,” Leonardo tells them. Nico calls after Leonardo — “Maestro!” — as he  attempts to go after Carlo. Read More... //  

'Da Vinci's Demons' recap review: Favorite moments from season 2

The life of Leonardo da Vinci, as conceived by  Da Vinci’s Demons  creator David S. Goyer, made flesh by British actor Tom Riley in the role of Leonardo da Vinci and realized by production designer Ed Thomas, challenges history by cutting the 15th-century artistic genius and inventor from the same cloth as adventurer Indiana Jones, swordsman Zorro, the Musketeers (name your version), graphic novel and video game heroes — in  Assassin’s Creed  terms, for instance, he’s a hybrid of Ezio Auditore and the games’ own Leonardo — and several classic characters embodied by early 20th-century film legend Errol Flynn. Read More... //  

'Da Vinci’s Demons' recap: Fire and blood in Florence

The creaking sway of wood sets the scene: The ship still at sea, Leonardo labors over the brass bust, which now lies in pieces. Riario limps in — he’s walking, so a good amount of time must have passed since their rescue — and observes that the piece was minimally damaged and that Leonardo has an impressive “talent for compounding disaster.”  If only he had the right tools, he could make it work, Leo laments. Riario suggests he get back to his art — stick a fork in this quest, because it is done! “Return to your maestro, da Vinci, as I will return to mine.” Riario is lost without his faith. Who is he without the Pope bullying him about? Leo tells him the Pope won’t be gentle. This, Riario knows. He thinks he has it coming for “worshiping false idols.” Read More... //

'Da Vinci’s Demons' recap: Busting heads and breaking hearts

Holed up in a Peruvian cave with blood running down its walls, presumably from human sacrifices taking place above, Riario asks Leonardo if he thought they’d end up facing their mortality together. Leo didn’t think he’d  ever die. Riario thinks God’s laughing at him. Leonardo: “This is not our fate.” Riario: “One way or another, this is every man’s fate.” Riario opens up to his partner in ritual human sacrifice: He was abandoned and raised in a monastery. The Holy Father appeared and asked him “to be the sword of the Church …to do terrible things.” Read More... //

'Da Vinci’s Demons' recap: Journey to the center of the Vault

“Wherever Riario goes, the corpses follow.” So says Zoroaster in the best line of the episode, explaining to Leonardo why Riario, now praying on bended knee at Zita’s grave, can’t be trusted: “He’s ready to kill for the Book of Leaves .” “He’s ready to die for it, as well,” notes Leo. Good point. Zo wants details about Leo’s Spirit Walk, but Leo’s more interested in getting the hell out of there than telling tales of dancing skeletons, chats with dead folk and a painting he may actually finish of some lady with a mystic smile. Read More... //

'Da Vinci’s Demons' recap: Price of admission? Sex or death

Dressed in feathers and glittering gold, an outfit straight out of the Vault of Ziggy Stardust, Ima leads Leonardo into her love dungeon — I mean, the entryway to the Vault of Heaven. (Same difference.) “My dreamer,” she says, “Soon you will enter the Vault of Heaven.” Indeed. And then she proposes something like marriage to him. Ah, the Vault of Heaven doesn’t open for just any dilettantes and scoundrels — only this one, and only if he’s willing to bind himself to her forever. Topa busts in with his Incan thugs and lays into Ima. Turns out he doesn’t think Leo will survive the trials. Wait —  trials ? Survive?  Who knew reading a book could be so treacherous? (That monk in  The Name of the Rose , for one.) Leo asks why his mama didn’t take the book when she left. (Did  she  have to marry Ima, too? This New World is  crazy !) Ima clarifies: “I never said she left.” Read More... //

'Da Vinci's Demons' recap: Brains, babes and a king's chamber of horrors

Leonardo da Vinci’s eyes drink in the lush, strange shore before him as his party approaches on a longboat. The light is different, he notes. The colors here are bright, clear, bold — tropical. Zoroaster observes the  Basilisk ‘s wreckage: “Count Riario didn’t pray to his God hard enough.” All thoughts are on Nico: Have they lost him? Well, most thoughts. Leonardo’s thoughts, as ever, leap from one topic to another. (Actor Tom Riley’s face works as the canvas when it comes to summoning Leo’s inner life for public display.) Amerigo informs the party that he’ll be staying on the ship to chart the shores. Leo makes him promise to return in three months. Amerigo threatens to name this New World after himself: “Vespuccia!” Read More... //

‘Da Vinci’s Demons’ recap: Storms, mutiny and superstitions

To kick off the intrigue in this episode of  Da Vinci’s Demons , Lucrezia Donati has a rendezvous with the curator of the Vatican’s secret archives, Lupo Mercuri. No, she’s not up to her old tricks. She just wants to see her father, and Lupo has a plan to sneak her in. Lucrezia tells him her father’s tale is a story of the oldest rivalry there is, alluding to the brotherly rivalry of Cain and Abel. She describes how her usurper uncle blamed his miseries on his brother and that Allessandro even tried to kill Francesco as a child. Read More... //

'Da Vinci's Demons' recap: Excommunications for everybody

Fish. Sardines. Dockside. Smelly people. Lots of smelly people. Sunglasses. Facial hair. Soft, threatening words. Riario? No! It’s Leonardo impersonating Riario, trying to pull off Amerigo Vespucci’s plan to steal a Vatican ship and directing those threats to the captain. Amerigo and Zoroaster stand back, heads down, shrouded in monks’ robes. Alfonso, the Duke of Calabria and heir to the throne of Naples — fancy — arrives and declares that he knows Riario, and this guy is no Riario. Whom does he have the pleasure of cutting in two? Leonardo introduces himself, the men draw their swords and the dance begins. “I am an artist too, but I paint with steel,” Alfonso boasts. “Death by sea or sword?” Neither! Amerigo and Zoroaster jumped ship some time back — cowards — and now Leo follows them. But first, he throws his dagger so that it falls into the slave pen belowdecks. He could’ve put an eye out, but, fine, one of the slaves grabs it. Read More... //

'Da Vinci's Demons' recap: Vespucci? I hardly knew ye!

Comic book hero-version Leonardo Da Vinci’s first order of business is to break the news to befuddled and convincingly homicidal Lorenzo Medici that his brother is dead. But Lorenzo is sitting on his chest waving a knife around. Vanessa steps up to do the deed. He fought bravely, she says, but was slain. Lorenzo tumbles off of Leonardo, grasping at the artisan workbench to ease his fall. He wants to go home, but there’s an angry mob outside, the Pazzis’ support grows stronger and the Duke of Urbino’s forces are at the gate. The mob slays aristocrats, shopkeepers, dogcatchers — anyone in a position of authority. Lorenzo is ready to give in, but Vanessa divulges that she’s having his brother’s child. Enough said. Back to the palace! Read More... //