Da Vinci's Demons: Season 2
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Da Vinci's Demons: Season 2

There are more television shows and movies that are based on history any person can reasonably keep track of. For many, this is one of those subjects in school that seem dry completely unrelated to anything that remotely matter in their lives. For personal perspective I was never much for the rote memorization of names and dates. Iíd much rather go to sources that are alive and witness these historical rents firsthand. For me, that made history come alive. Entertainment industry has tried to capture that feeling but instead of relying upon the facts is an overwhelming trend of rewriting history not from the perspective of historian but of a screenwriter in short, to replace facts detainment. In order to infuse a modicum of believability it is not uncommon percent if you verifiable facts evidently sleep into the dramatization. In the case of the Starz series Ďda Vinciís Demonsí, was undeniably a man by the name of Leonardo da Vinci did possess a mind of unparalleled vision, scope and genius. As far as how closely the series adheres to the facts: it is exceptionally entertaining. When asked to describe what Leonardo da Vinci looked like it would be prone to say elderly man with long white hair cascaded to his shoulders. The network had to accomplish before anything else, was to get the audience to accept a version of da Vinciís active, daring and libidinous. When faced with the decision between watching a man of legendary genius quietly painting a woman with an enigmatic smile or one running from the husband of the beautiful woman is betting and making exciting escapes and establishment out for his demise, the audience has made it clear which vantage point of history they preferred. To make sure this Starz expertly seasoned show secret societies, espionage and the ever popular liberal use of nudity and explicit violence. In preparation for the third season the second is now out on DVD and Blu-ray.

Shows such as this have proven to be successful on the two most groundbreaking premium tier cable networks; HBO and Showtime. Historically based promise such así The ĎTudorsí or ĎThe Borgiasí have clearly demonstrated that history is no longer dry dusty subject most voided in school. When the writers concentrate on stories concerning his historical figures involving the hedonistic proclivities and the constant political machinations takes the publicís need to live vicariously for those outside the law and morality far beyond anything achieved by the old gangster films. As the first season due to an end the city of Florence was under attack and on the precipice of his defenses completely faltering. At the second season opens Leonardo (Tom Riley) and his cohort, Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan), desperate to flee the beautiful Renaissance city of Florence. The city is being ravaged by the forces of Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson). This is one of the instances an effort was made to infuse some actual historical facts into the plot. The most exciting things about this series is that although this is a completely fictionalized account of the youth of Leonardo da Vinci, most period dramas by the lack imagination to come up with what really took place or have some trepidation that it would not be believed. The Renaissance was a time in advances in art, literature and science to incredible leaps forward. It was also a time when nations, city states and the Papacy competing for absolute control of Europe and the rest of the known world. This is not a period when the leader of the Roman Catholic Church logically just the spiritual leader of one of the major religions of the globe. Back then, the Pope was on the same social status as a king in real much the same power. Girolamo Riario held the exalted and powerful rank of Captain General of the Church under his uncle Pope Sixtus IV (James Faulkner). Nepotism was one of the most powerful influences among those wield armies. It is a matter of historical record that Riario was involved in an assassination conspiracy directed against the very powerful Medici family. It is this juxtaposition of the magnificence of art and the horrors of warfare is best served within the context of the serious. Da Vinci was a man who would go on to page one of the most famous portraits in the history of mankind, The Mona Lisa, a polymath whose imagination soared centuries beyond his time.

One of the best places to be if you needed to remain beneath the notice of enemies that had possessed the resources to threaten kingdoms was the New World. This is where the reverse side of the historical coin comes into play. There is no account that I am aware of that ever sited da Vinci traveling to the Americas. It makes for exciting fiction which is, after all, the dominant draw of the series. Back in the days of reading comic books is always a means for the writers place established characters most bizarre and unusual situations; the imaginary story. This man could marry Lois Lane and in like fashion this series takes one of the most intellectually versatile than ever and turn them into an action hero. In truth, da Vinci was adamantly against the use of his designs for weapons of warfare after seeing the devastation of human life his designs could be responsible for. Again, that brings us back to reality where a moral stance contrary to the edicts of the powers that be would significantly diminish oneís life expectancy. If you want the historical details, read a book. On the other hand, if you are looking for series containing epic battle scenes, sultry sex scenes in the elegant pageantry of the Renaissance elite, then you are definitely in the right place here.

The way that da Vinci is portrayed gives the impression of Sherlock Holmes in tights. Similar to some of the modern interpretations of Sir Arthurís most famous detective, da Vinci would seem to think so intensely that he can be readily seen by the audience in a way that emulates his famous sketchbook drawings. Just consign yourself to accept that which was watching is a fantasy, a flight of the imagination that I somehow think Leonardo would have appreciated. The Starz network became heavily invested in their Spartacus franchise but to have learned one thing; audiences do like elaborate period stories that transports you back to another time and place. Iím certain some of the more lascivious scenes will be reenacted repeatedly at Renaissance fairs, but within the 10 episodes that comprise this season, the story is told exciting right with great ťlan.

The Journey Begins: Season 1 Recap
Creating The New World
A Closer Look
New Sets

Posted 02/28/2015

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