If you haven’t been watching Da Vinci’s Demons, you’re missing out on some entertaining historical fiction. The character, genius and eccentricity of Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) has always been of interest to me and thus when I heard about this series, I was immediately intrigued.
The series frames Da Vinci as an eccentric, brilliant artist living in, taking advantage of and defending Florence. He’s basically a slave to his intellectual and physical pursuits and seems to be out of control… but then there are flashes of amazing brilliance and cunning that may have you rooting for him.
Here’s the series description from Starz –
“In a world where thought and faith are controlled, one man fights to set knowledge free.
The secret history of Leonardo Da Vinci’s tantalizing life reveals a portrait of a young man tortured by a gift of superhuman genius. He is a heretic intent on exposing the lies of religion. An insurgent seeking to subvert an elitist society. A bastard son who yearns for legitimacy with his father.
He finds himself in the midst of a storm that has been brewing for centuries. A conflict between truth and lies, religion and reason, past and future. His aspirations are used against him by the opposing forces of the time—luring him into a game of seduction where those who despise his intellect need him most.
Leonardo must take up the fight against foes who use history to suppress the truth. A hero armed only with genius, Da Vinci stands alone against the darkness within, and the darkness without.
Facing an uncertain future, his quest for knowledge nearly becomes his undoing as he explores the fringes of his own sanity. Da Vinci throws himself into his genius and emerges as an unstoppable force that lifts an entire era out of darkness and propels it into light.
His story becomes a mirror into our own world, calling us all to join his fight to Free the Future.”
Starting on Friday night Starz is re-airing Episodes 104, 105 and 106 (Season 1, episode 4, 5, 6) at 9 PM ET/PT. Then on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 they are airing all the previous episodes from 1 to 6 on Starz Edge. Three episodes will air each night at 9:00 PM. 1, 2 and 3 will air on the 25th and 4, 5, 6 will air on the 26th.
The series is entertaining but not for kids – certain topics in the storyline are adult in nature and could be offensive to some.