Releasing from Anchor Bay today is the final season of David S. Goyer’s series that follows the times and trials of a young Leonardo Da Vinci. The ten episodes, spanning three discs, bring the series to a satisfying conclusion, though I will be sad to see Tom Riley leave the series behind, I quite like his interpretation of the Maestro.
Picking up exactly where the previous season finished off, the story threads this season see the Turks invading and attempting to conquer Italy, with Da Vinci’s beloved Florence square in the Moors’ sights.
Interwoven with this is the discovery and loss of family for Leonardo as he confronts the sons of Mithras, and Al-Rahim (Alexander Siddig), the mysterious cult of The Labyrinth, and deals with the fact that he is both a creator and destroyer when his own designs are used against him.
At his side, as always is Zoroaster (Greg Chillin), while Nico (Eros Vlahos) aids Vanessa (Hera Hilmar) in her stewardship of Florence, while Lorenzo Medici (Elliot Cowan) is missing, and presumed dead in one of the Turk attacks.
Da Vinci’s troubles brings him right into the lair of The Labyrinth, ruled by The Architect (Paul Freeman), dangerous encounters with Riario (Blake Ritson), and a murderer stalking the streets of Florence.
Interwoven through all of this is the politics at play between the ex-communicated city-state of Florence and the rest of Italy, which is under the rule of the devious Pope Sixtus IV (James Faulkner).
The series continues to look amazing, and in high-def is nothing short of stunning, some of the sequences are truly gorgeous even if some of the story seems to verge on the downright mystical. I’m not sure yet how I feel about the re-appearance of Vlad the Impaler (Paul Rhys).
I will say this for the series, as it was drawing to a close, I found myself wanting to actually learn more about Da Vinci, and so I realized it may be time to go out and seek a book or two on him. Any good recommendations?
Over the past three seasons the show has brought to vivid life an historical character, and of course used him for fictional tales, but a number of the inventions portrayed in the series he had actual designs for, and things like that continue to boggle my mind. He truly was a creative force to be reckoned with, imagine what he would be capable of in today’s world?!
The show, right up until its final frame, remained smart, sexy, and just good fun to watch. All in part to the actors inhabiting the characters so well.
There have been rumors that Goyer may revisit the series in a couple of years with the same cast and tell a tale of Da Vinci’s later years, and I’ll be there. I’d love to see what else the Maestro gets up to.
The third and final season of Da Vinci’s Demons is available from Anchor Bay on both DVD and Blu-Ray today.