Thoughts on Season 1, Episode 1 of Da Vinci’s Demons

Da Vinci’s Demons thoughts

Warning: Spoilers for Season 1 Episode 1 of Da Vinci’s Demons

On Monday night, Fox Crime premiered the first episode of Da Vinci’s Demons, a heavily exaggerated and imagined version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life. The episode featured a lot of low grade CGI, the events were unrealistic and the acting sometimes patchy, but I enjoyed it.

Tom Riley in the lead is charismatic and fun as Leonardo, hopping about the place in a ball of energy and glee that’s difficult not to like. Gregg Chillin and Eros Vlahos are great as Leonardo’s buddies. They are three very believable friends, each with their own distinct personality.

There were a few points in the story where the seams showed a little. At one stage, Leonardo is describing the festival he is to be commissioned for and Lorenzo Medici says, “Why are you telling us something every two year old knows?” Pointing out that you’re explaining things doesn’t help, in my opinion. A short scene with last years failed bird, for example, would have allowed that to be cut.

The show is quite obviously on a budget, with the CGI being quite low quality, but it’s good enough. The point of any show is the story and the characters – that’s where Da Vinci’s Demons does well. At the end of the first episode, I was left with a series that could well replace Spartacus, as that winds down, in my weekly schedule.


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