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Da Vinci's Demons

Season 2 Episode 1

The Blood of Man

53
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2014 on Starz
9.0
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With the House of Medici weakened, the Pazzis try to seize power in Florence, leading to Leonardo making a desperate gamble.  Meanwhile, Count Riario believes he is getting closer to the Book of Leaves.

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  • Respect

    10
    I'm here to pay my RESPECTS!
  • Some more ATTENTION, please!!

    10
    One of the best shows of last year's TV-season is back and there is no firestorm of enthusiasm and admiration? This show deserves our respect and is a force to be reckoned with! Only 1,410 community members? - There has to be going something utterly wrong...



    Spread the word, guys: Da Vinci's Demons is one of the most entertaining and thrilling things to watch, full of fun and sex appeal, history interwoven with mysticism, all filled up with profoundly great actors, hateful villains and a gorgeous hero to die for!



    Leonardo is back and sparkling with grandiose ideas way ahead of the times; there is an adventurous voyage waiting for him and his charismatic antagonist Count Riario - and I cannot wait to be part of it!moreless
  • Sly fox

    10
    Leave it to Da Vinci to extricate himself from an impossible position. Deux ex machina? Everyone is threatening to kill him again. Thinking out of the box is his specialty. The glimpses into the future is tantalizing. Can't wait for the adventure to begin
  • New season. Still fucking brilliant.

    9.5
    Probably the most entertaining new show from last year is back and this episode was one of the best yet.



    Every single cast member is on point, there are a wealth of amazing characters, the story is amazing and at its best when it gets a little bit ambitious, and if this intro to season 2 is any indication, we're in for an amazing time.



    This is now up there with Game of Thrones for me.moreless
James Faulkner

James Faulkner

Pope Sixtus IV

Tom Riley

Tom Riley

Leonardo da Vinci

Laura Haddock

Laura Haddock

Lucrezia Donati

Blake Ritson

Blake Ritson

Count Girolamo Riario

Elliot Cowan

Elliot Cowan

Lorenzo de' Medici

Lara Pulver

Lara Pulver

Clarice Orsini

Sililo Martens

Sililo Martens

Inca Pipe Player

Guest Star

Andrew Brooke

Andrew Brooke

Captain Grunwald

Guest Star

Tim Faraday

Tim Faraday

Black Martin

Guest Star

Gregg Chillin

Gregg Chillin

Zoroaster

Recurring Role

Nick Dunning

Nick Dunning

Lupo Mercuri

Recurring Role

Hera Hilmar

Hera Hilmar

Vanessa Moschella

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At the start of the episode, Ima, the Inca High Priestess, tells Leonardo and Riario that Patamama will drink their blood.
      She is probably referring to the Inca fertility goddess Pachamama, also known as Mama Pacha, who watched over planting and harvesting.  She was originally seen as cruel and eager to collect her sacrifices.

    • When Leonardo tells Andrea del Verrocchio that he's going to give Lorenzo some of his blood, Andrea says that the Bible prohibits it in Leviticus:"You are not to eat any blood, either of bird or animal."
      Leviticus is the third book of the Old Testament; the passage being quoted is from chapter 7, verse 26 (7:26): "You are not to eat any blood, either of bird or animal, in any of your dwellings."

    • During the blood transfusion, Leonardo tells Andrea to open the median basilic on Lorenzo's arm. The median basilic vein is also referred to as a cubital vein and is most often used for taking blood.

    • The portrait of Lorenzo that Clarice says was her first glimpse of him is an altered version of one by Italian painter Girolamo Macchietti, depicting Lorenzo in Tuscany.
      However, it was actually painted posthumously as Girolamo was not born until well after Lorenzo's death.

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  • NOTES (5)

    • Timeline
      Season 2 starts immediately following the end of season 1.  So this episode takes place at the end of April, 1478.
      Therefore, the flash-forward scene to Machu Picchu must take place in October/November 1478.

    • The man in the golden mask, who cuts the girl's throat, at the beginning of the episode is Topa Inca Yupanqui (also known as Túpac Inca Yupanqui).
      As Sapa Inca, he ruled the Inca Empire from 1471 until his death in 1493.

    • Vanessa said that she applied a poultice of staunchweed and yarrow to stop Lorenzo's bleeding.  However, staunchweed is actually another name for yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
      The use of this herb by physicians to stop bleeding dates back to ancient Greece.

    • Pulmonary Circulation

      When preparing for the blood transfusion, Leonardo mentions Ibn-al-Nafis, Galen and Vanessa brings a book with the title, Sharih Tashrih al Qanoun, Commentary on the Anatomy of a Canon...

      Ibn-al-Nafis was an Damascus-born physician of the 13th century, who is mainly remembered for being the first person to describe pulmonary circulation of the blood.  His script, 'Commentary on the Anatomy of Canon of Avicenna' was discovered in 1924 in Berlin's Prussian State Library and is the earliest known description of pulmonary circulation.

      As Leonardo references, prior to this, the commonly accepted theory of heart how the functioned was by the first century Greek physician, Aelius Galenus (often known as 'Galen').  He thought that blood reaching the right side of the heart went through invisible pores in the cardiac septum to the left side of the heart, where it mixed with air to create spirit, and was then distributed to the body.

    • Francesco, the Pope's prisoner, advises to make an alliance with King Ferrante of Naples.
      Better known as Ferdinand I of Naples, he was King from 1458 until 1494 and allied himself with Rome against Florence, following the Pazzi Conspiracy.

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