Leonardo builds a telescope, Lorenzo has a naked sauna with the Duke of Urbino and there are todgers everywhere. Lorenzo’s brother continues the spy hunt. ‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’ did a better Vlad episode than this. TPTB think this show is intricate but fail to explain how Leonardo and co got to Wallachia. Vlad III aka Dracula is a queasy, repulsive, abnormal, butchering loon who may or may not be a vampire.
Lupo is nearly drowned in the Papal Bath by the Pope. Then the Pope yells “Kiss this ring” and punches his bastard son repeatedly in the face. This was candidly awful. Vlad’s castle is full of bones, devil worship and a ’Saw’ like torture device. Is Vlad an abused child grown up into a madman? Or is he supernatural? Leonardo doesn’t care because it is all about him.
There are mutterings about curfew violations, poison and Zoroaster’s parentage. Leonardo acts like he is perfectly entitled to do whatever he likes. Vlad is an unmitigated, meticulously crazy vampire. There are rip-offs of Coppola’s ’Dracula’. Lucrezia continues to betray Leonardo even as the Vatican plan her horrible murder. Lorenzo plans a marriage alliance with the Pazzis.
There are revelations about the Book of Leaves and Leonardo’s mother, there is a tattoo, Leonardo has a realization and cue a resumption of me not caring. TPTB have the remit to interpret da Vinci’s life however they want but I feel one is exempted from having to follow the continuation of this mess. I am so disappointed in this show.
“Please don’t think me so inhuman that I wouldn’t give you a fighting chance. Here’s a butter knife.”
“We are too often what our fathers make us.”