Aired 6 years ago - May 06, 2013 Riario engages the Pope and a mysterious prisoner in a discussion concerning the count's defeat, while Leonardo searches for a rational explanation when an outbreak of demonic possession occurs at a convent, and the blame is placed on the Medicis. The series sets aside historical accuracy to cast da Vinci as a sexy rebel. Sure, it's still a deeply flawed adventure series, but at least things are happening beyond da Vinci's involvement with the Medicis and it feels like the story is progressing albeit at a very deliberate pace toward the storyline the series had promised since that first episode way back when. More importantly, however, 'The Hierophant' finally gives the audience a glimpse at the stakes of the series, by allowing da Vinci access to the Vatican archives with Pope Sixtus as his tour guide, after a sequence that found Leonardo drilling into the papal bath and emerging through a thick, swampy fog as though he just crash-landed on Dagobah. Check out a preview below:. With any luck, the Medici's feud with the Pazzi's will come to some kind of conclusion, so as this series trudges toward , it will have a better shot of actually telling the story it set out to in the first place.
It's even more unflattering to realize the only interesting thing Giuliano has done this entire season is float down a lazy river after being stabbed by Lucretia Donati. While it felt like a throwaway episode, what with the trio traveling the lengthy expanse between Florence and Vlad's castle in the blink of an eye, as the supporting cast was scattered across the country, securing favors, plotting, scheming or otherwise being punched in the face by the pope with his massive pope ring, '' was the closest Da Vinci's Demons had come to expounding on the larger narrative, and the inclusion of Dracula seemed to suggest the series was, in some small way, prepared to accept its hokey nature and simply run with it. And yes, da Vinci makes like Samwell and leaves an incredibly powerful weapon behind after dispatching a single foe with it, but at least he manages to secure the second key to the Vault of Heaven since Nico and Zoroaster managed to detain Riario after. He's ahead of his time, and his genius sometimes leads him into trouble. In this fantasy series, Leonardo da Vinci is a visionary with family drama to deal with.
Mouse over thumbnail for slideshow. If anything, the last two episodes have illustrated what a burden the subplot of Lorenzo and his go-nowhere misadventures in Florentine banking and into the circumstances surrounding Becci's death have been to the series' ability to progress its own storyline. At any rate, things go gloriously over the top when Sixtus takes da Vinci to Vatican's treasure trove via an elevator system built right into the archive's floor. There's still one episode left this season, and considering where we are at the end of 'The Hierophant' it seems unlikely that we'll see any significant progression of da Vinci's quest for the Book of Leaves. . Once there, we see Excalibur, the Ark of the Covenant and the Spear of Destiny, among many other artifacts. Leonardo da Vinci has not been seen in Florence for two entire episodes now and is suddenly an adventure series because of it.
But the series finally goes full-boar when da Vinci winds up skewering a heavily armored guard with the Spear of Destiny as though he were cutting through warm butter. Last week saw da Vinci and his companions, Nico and Zoroaster, spend an evening in and learn a thing or two about the concept of real evil and witness inconclusively forces beyond what the world would have them know existed. It focuses on the myths of Da Vinci as a genius creator troubled by parental issues, and it adds some creative fictional additions of its own. It's hard to think just what we've learned in the episodes between the '' and 'The Hierophant' that couldn't have been given to the audience in a brief bit of exposition or a flashback sequence, which ultimately speaks to the tremendous lack of direction this season has seen. In some regard, that's also true of 'The Hierophant. The fact that the first real glimpse of plot progression comes to us in the season's penultimate episode, however, shows just how bungled the storyline has been since the premiere.
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