Da Vinci's Demons

Season 1 Episode 2

The Serpent

39
Aired Saturday 9:00 PM Apr 19, 2013 on Starz
9.1
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  • HOW ARE YOU LIKING THE SHOW SO FAR?

    Da Vinci's Demons "The Serpent" Review: Knowledge Is Power

    Episode 2 was more lighthearted and direct in a way that the pilot, while still strong enough to draw in an audience, was not.

  • Episode Summary

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    The spectacular failure of his new musket causes a rift between Leonardo and the House of Medici.  Meanwhile, the Pope's nephew arrives in Florence and the search for the elusive the Book of Leaves continues.

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    • Such a cad!

      9.0
      Da Vinci's Demons is growing on me. His care-free spirit and adventurous soul makes for a pleasant cad. I also enjoy the action and beautiful cinematography. Looking forward to more.
    • The Serpent

      10
      The Serpent was a perfectly entertaining episode of Da Vinci's Demons. I really enjoyed watching because the story was interesting and full of surprises. It was great to see Leonardo test his new weapon design. The action, drama and interpersonal relations were important to the success of the episode. I liked how everything played out and look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!!!!!



    • Da Vinci's Demons.

      9.0
      This episode was excellent, now that i know what this show is about, according to the Creators of this show Da Vinci's Demons, its loosely based on Leonardo' s Life Story. So they can do whatever they want, they said they want to make him a 20th Century Super Hero, a cross between "Indiana Jones & "Bruce Wayne". But still keep the some of the Original Facts about his life. So Count Girolama Riario has one key & Leonardo has the other half of the key, also Leonardo has the map to discovering where The Book Of Leaves is. The Vatican Was Corrupt Way Back Then As Well. (So If You Watch This Show From That Perspective, This Is A Fantastic Show).moreless
    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

    Michael Elwyn

    Michael Elwyn

    Gentile Becchi

    Guest Star

    Ken Bones

    Ken Bones

    Avraham ben Yosef ('The Jew')

    Guest Star

    Tim Faraday

    Tim Faraday

    Black Martin

    Guest Star

    Tom Bateman

    Tom Bateman

    Giuliano de' Medici

    Recurring Role

    Gregg Chillin

    Gregg Chillin

    Zoroaster

    Recurring Role

    Allan Corduner

    Allan Corduner

    Andrea del Verrocchio

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Piero: Shouldn't you be working on Lorenzo's musket?
        Leonardo: Well, unlike you, father, I'm actually capable of doing two things at the same time.
        Piero: Drinking and digging your own grave?

      • Becchi: His Magnificence thought it wise to bring a military strategist to the demonstration. In order to better evaluate your work.
        Lorenzo: I wish I'd brought a boat.

    • NOTES (5)

      • Lucrezia tells Lorenzo that her ring comes from Ceylon. Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka and is an island country off the southern coast of India.

      • Historical Note

        The bookshop where Leonardo discovered The Jew's book was owned by Vespasiano da Bisticci. The book sellers of Florence could be found on the street named "Via del Librai", by the Palazzo del Podestà.  The street is now called Via del Proconsolo.  Vespasiano was a celebrated dealer of books and manuscripts and was also involved with the formation of all the great libraries of the time.  When Lorenzo's grandfather, Cosimo, decided to create the Laurentian Library of Florence, it was Vespasiano who advised him.

      • Leonardo da Vinci's Inventions


        Pipe Organ Musket
        Three versions of what is commonly referred to as the '33-Barreled Organ' were designed by Da Vinci.  The Designs appear in the 'Codex Atlanticus', which can be accessed on-line here and can be found on page 157r.
        The first version, not shown in the episode had 33 canons in a row.  The second had them spread in a 45 degree arc (which exploded in this episode).  The final version, with 3 rows of 11 guns connected to a revolving platform, was shown to kill Riario's men and was adjustable for any range.


        It is generally acknowledged that the final version was the basis for the Gattling Gun, used in the mid 19th century.

      • For the 'autopsy' scene, Ken Bones ('The Jew') had to have a full body cast made.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        UK: April 25, 2013 on Fox

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