Da Vinci’s Demons Se­ries Two

Leo goes all In­di­ana Jones

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Re­lease Date: 27 April 2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Cre­ator: David S Goyer Cast: Tom Ri­ley, Laura Had­dock, El­liot Cowan, Gregg Chillin, Blake Rit­son

The first

se­ries of Da Vinci’s Demons in­tro­duced the idea of the young Leo be­ing some kind of Re­nais­sance MacGyver with per­son­al­ity is­sues, help­ing the Medi­cis de­fend Florence from a dodgy Pope with his elab­o­rate me­chan­i­cal mir­a­cles. It was very silly, and, on the whole, de­cent enough escapist fluff.

Per­versely, sea­son two de­cides to sep­a­rate Da Vinci from the Medi­cis for the ma­jor­ity of episodes, send­ing him off to the New World to act like some bipo­lar In­di­ana Jones, search­ing for lost trea­sures, and hal­lu­ci­nat­ing fever­ishly ev­ery other scene. Lorenzo de Medici, mean­while, is in the midst of Game Of Thrones- style in­trigue and pol­i­tick­ing, with grue­some death only ever a be­trayal away.

The lat­ter is far more in­ter­est­ing than the for­mer, leav­ing the show in the odd sit­u­a­tion of hav­ing its star stuck in the scenes you’re least look­ing for­ward to. It doesn’t help that Riario, the de­light­fully de­vi­ous pa­pal hench­man of the first se­ries, is also stuck in South Amer­ica.

The Ital­ian- based plot­lines may be a lit­tle heavy on “par­ent is­sues” and peo­ple fes­ter­ing in cells but El­liot Cowan is su­perb through­out as the be­lea­guered Duke Lorenzo. And when Leo does make it back to Europe, out- go­ing showrun­ner David S Goyer leaves his suc­ces­sor one hell of a cliffhanger.

Four short fea­turettes. Dave Golder Two episodes this sea­son were helmed by Charles Stur­ridge, the man who di­rected TV land­mark Brideshead Re­vis­ited.

The nud­ists were frankly lazy.

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