Da Vinci’s Demons
Starz, Friday 10/9c
As near as I can tell, this new series from Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer is basically going to be Assassin’s Creed II: The Show. I’m totally okay with that, so I’m hoping the show is good and can help fill the void that’s about to be left by the end of Starz’s Spartacus. Da Vinci’s Demons stars Tom Riley as a young, photogenic Leonardo Da Vinci as we explore the “untold story” of his life as a dashing inventor of things and a man far ahead of his time.
Da Vinci’s Demons is set during his early years in Renaissance Florence, and will have Da Vinci getting involved in all manner of intrigues, conspiracies, and power plays, caught up in the struggle between the schemes of the corrupt, elitist powers that be and his own desire to let reason and knowledge change the world. From the look of things, we’ll get to see plenty of the original Renaissance Man’s more incredible inventions. This is a guy who spent the 15th and 16th centuries conjuring up designs for such seemingly anachronistic creations as parachutes, machine guns, diving suits, and a friggin’ armored tank. If Da Vinci’s Demons can have as much fun with the character as the AC games did, you can bet I’ll be sticking with this one for the long haul.