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'Da Vinci's Demons' 2x05 'The Sun and the Moon': Making friends in the new world

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Zoroaster: “Really, Leo? Not bothered by the howling beasts in trees but by a new color? Yes, that gives you pause.”

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“The Sun and the Moon” is the April 19 episode 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 nights at 8 p.m. central on STARZ.

The time jumps in this season because aren’t talked about. Obviously they happen because Leo’s hair is crazy long and Vanessa is quite pregnant, but the writers don’t really feel the need to update viewers on the particulars. At times it can be a bit annoying, especially considering that we don’t know how long Lorenzo and Piero have been imprisoned. Other times, it’s not a huge issue. We don’t really need to know how long it took Leo to get to the new world. Do you want to know how much time has passed or do you not really care?

Watching Leo react to the new world and seeing how differently Zoroaster reacts is amusing. The writers allow us to see Leo and company trek through the forest a bit before stumbling upon civilization. These scenes are fun. The choose an item scene, however, is heartbreaking because everyone turns to Leo for help, and he honestly doesn’t know. Even though Leo never really says anything other than “I don’t know,” it is clear how much it pains him that his men are dying. It’s a good character moment for him.

We get to spend time in Florence during this episode. It’s not that interesting. The politics of Florence and surrounding areas has never been the most exciting part of “Da Vinci’s Demons.” Most of the time is spent being upset with Clarice. She falls for Carlo way too easily. Even after he proved himself to her, I would still be suspicious. Is she suspicious? No, she sleeps with him. I’m still waiting for him to make a power move against her. Do you trust Carlo?

Lorenzo is in a bad spot. On the bright side, at least his storyline is more entertaining than Clarice’s. The King of Naples is into some weird things. He has a collection of corpses. Nothing looks good for Lorenzo. Right now, it is hard to figure out exactly what will happen, but there is some mystery and intrigue there, unlike with Clarice’s storyline. Anyone have any ideas how whatever Lorenzo is up to will help Florence?

After passing the test, Leo is reunited with Nico, who has become more religious since the last time they saw each other. Being shipwrecked will do that to a person, I suppose. The reunion is nice and all, but what’s more interesting is Ima, the high priestess. Not only does she speak English, but she recognizes Leo. This is definitely interesting, and it gets even better because she reveals to Leo that the Abyssinian and his mother came to visit their land once before. That’s right, we may finally get some more information on Leo’s mom!

What did you think of the episode? What was your favorite part? Zoroaster’s sass throughout the entire episode was fantastic, as always. Leave me your thoughts in a comment below.

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