This show falls firmly into the category of “the things I do for you people.” Except I only tried one episode and was so annoyed that I didn’t try any further. Yep, it’s that bad. Incredibly silly fantasy story with incredibly bad fantasy costumes, all vaguely very loosely hung on the very barest of a historical framework. Speaking as someone who finds Reign amusing as a soap opera, this just made me want to throw things at the TV. Does it get better? I don’t care! And now, with this third season available online as of October 24, 2015, Da Vinci’s Demons is leaving TV and good riddance. Maybe we’ll revisit during Snark Week. Until then, here is all you need to know…
- Leonardo da Vinci is searching for the Book of Leaves so he can see into the future or something. This is the BS fantasy part of the story that doesn’t really matter, so I didn’t pay much attention.
- Leonardo wears mostly leather jackets and pants. He’s not unattractive in them, I’ll say that much. This is just another part of the BS fantasy, I guess, like most of the costuming.
- The two main women — Lucrezia Donati, a sort-of love interest, and Clarice Orsini, a sort-of antagonist — wear ridiculous dresses that would fit right in at a fantasy-steampunk ball or Society for Creative Anachronism event. Or occasionally, a prom (I mean, a legit prom, not a haute couture prom like Reign; btw, I’d rather look at Alexander McQueen gowns than this junk).
- There’s a lot of sex and nudity, which, fine OK, premium cable, I get it, I watch Game of Thrones, I’m far from being a prude. But I can’t tell if Da Vinci’s Demons uses sex/nudity to advance the plot or as an excuse for skimpy costuming. Because look at this crap.
- Open shirts and doublets, no smocks/chemises worn under gowns, unstyled hair, weird fabric choices — you know the drill. Obviously, they aren’t really trying for historically accurate costuming here, and the costuming isn’t particularly good at world-building or defining the characters either. I can’t tell that there’s a specific creative vision holding this mess together. Hell, I don’t find the costumes especially pretty or visually interesting most of the time.
So good-bye, Da Vinci’s Demons. I’m not sorry I didn’t get to know you better.