Vespucci: “You must know, you’re mad.”
Leonardo: “I’ve heard it said.”
“The Voyage of the Damned” is the latest episode of “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Reminder: this article has spoilers, so read at your own risk. To refresh your memory on what happened last time, click here. Be sure to check out the slideshow for more quotes from the episode. “Da Vinci’s Demons” airs Saturday night at 8 on STARZ.
Leonardo impersonates Count Riario, and it may be the best thing I have ever seen in my life. Stealing a ship is harder than it seems, and when the Riario plan fails, Leonardo invents a submarine to get him and Zoroaster aboard a ship. Anytime the writers show Leo inventing something new, it is fascinating to watch, especially when the viewers can see all the wheels turning. The scene in the fish market is just that and it is very entertaining. What is also great about this storyline is that it shows more of Leo’s character. He throws his dagger down into the hold where the slaves are in hopes that it will help them. His speech to them at the end is also great. A lot of the show is showing the way Leo’s strange and brilliant mind works, but it is also good to have moments that show more of Leo’s moral character and heart. It helps to further round out Leonardo as a character and a person. Was anyone else concerned there for a bit that the submarine would not work?
Pope Sixtus IV excommunicates Florence. For him this is a good way to legitimize his motives of wanting to take down Florence. After all, Florence did put a cardinal to death. Lorenzo decides he must go to sway the King of Naples from aligning with the Vatican. Putting Clarice in charge is definitely a bold move, and it means great things in term of her character development. Lorenzo and Clarice are a strange couple, and it is hard to really gauge how they feel about each other. He trusts her enough to leave her in charge of Florence, but as their private conversation shows, he blames her a bit for Giuliano’s death. Seeing as how Lorenzo is on his way to Naples, it is doubtful that we will see much of him with Clarice, but it would be great to delve more into their relationship. Clarice could very easily have conversations about her marriage either to this new (slightly shady) guy Carlo who claims to be a Medici bastard, or with Vanessa. Did Lorenzo make the right call in going away and leaving Clarice in charge?
Lucrezia approaches Cardinal Lupo and tasks him with tracking down the prisoner being held captive by the pope. It is great to finally be able to see Lucrezia carrying out her own plans. She isn’t being forced to do anything anymore, and so now viewers get to glimpse her motives. Not only that, but we finally learn more about the man, Lucrezia’s father, who is being held captive. He’s actually Pope Sixtus IV, as in the real one, meaning that the guy who has been acting as Pope Sixtus IV is actually a fraud. This is definitely a game changing twist, but it is a little difficult to imagine how this was pulled off. The writers say that the faux pope killed everyone who conspired with him, thus leaving no one on his side who would know, and it sounds like everyone else was forced into cooperation. Without knowing too much of European history, I’m wondering how long this charade has gone on. How long has Pope Sixtus IV been the pope? What do you think of this twist?
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