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'Da Vinci's Demons' 2x01 'The Blood of Man': Saving Florence

Leonardo: "There is a greater story here still being written."
Leonardo: "There is a greater story here still being written."

Lorenzo: “Just leave me here to die, da Vinci.”

Clarice: "Florence was nothing before the Medici’s. Now it is the jewel of Italy."

Leonardo da Vinci: “And leave me to fix Florence on my own?”

“The Blood of Man” is the season two premiere of “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Reminder: this article has spoilers, so read at your own risk. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Da Vinci’s Demons” airs Saturday night at 8 on STARZ.

This episode mainly takes place during the moments after where season two left off. It is great that the writers take the time to follow everyone around during the chaos. This is not rushed through. The writers do a decent job of making the Medici versus the Pazzi conspiracy/rebellion clear to follow. It is clear that the Pazzis are being used by Rome. They are merely the beginning of the revolution. Everyone needs to think they took over Florence before Rome steps in, when in fact, Rome has been helping orchestrate it all along. The writers do a good job of showing everyone strategizing of how to handle the attack. We see what’s happening inside the Medici castle walls, what Rome’s troops outside of Florence are chatting about, and what the Pope is discussing. Do you think the Medici’s can hold everyone off?

As always, there is an element of confusion with “Da Vinci’s Demons.” This episode features a couple of hallucinations due to Leonardo’s blood loss from the (awesome) blood transfusion. Personally, I don’t know if I will ever be able to understand the hallucinations. One thing that is still puzzling is when young Leonardo and present day Leonardo are experiencing the same moment in the hallucination. Yes, time is a river, but are we to understand that Leonardo has had this experience before, as a young boy, or is he merely learning more about the weird hooded cow skull mask thing that he saw as a child? Right now, this confusion is more intriguing than annoying, but hopefully, the writers start to give some answers soon. However, the young Leo and present day Leo thing has been a thing since season one, so who knows how much of that will ever be cleared up. What are your thoughts on this?

Here are some thoughts on elsewhere in the episode. It does not look good for Lucrezia and Zoroaster, although if you checked out my interview with them, it does sound like we will get to see them again, if only in flashbacks. Riario making them walk the plank was certainly unexpected, and it will be strange seeing Leonardo not have Zoroaster there to balance him out. Right before Lucrezia and Zoroaster go overboard, Riario mentions he would have saved Emilia if he could. This is definitely curious, and hopefully we will get to know the meaning behind those words in this season. The episode begins with a flash to six months forward, and it looks bad for Riario and Leonardo. In that short clip, it shows the potential for great moments between these two characters. They are fantastic to watch when they are put in the same situation. Personally, it is one of most exciting things about this journey to come.

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