From the moment Leonardo da Vinci introduced himself to another character by saying “I’m Leonardo, from Vinci” in the CW’s wacky new drama, the writing was on the wall. “Yes,” I murmured loudly as my dogs watched nervously. “Hahaha… YES SIR!” As silly as Leonardo would inevitably be, I knew I had found my new obsession.
On paper, Leonardo is a deeply odd prospect — both for the CW and as a show in general. Part biopic and part shady mystery recruits this drama Poldark‘s Aidan Turner to play a sexy Renaissance artist on the sidelines. We quickly learn that Hot da Vinci is a great genius whose talent, as one character solemnly tells us, “is forged through pain.” But when we meet him here, something is wrong. He’s also under investigation… for the murder of his muse?!
If this all sounds a little out of character for the CW – a network mostly dominated by the Arrow and Archie verses – there’s good reason for it. Leonardo is not original for the network; It debuted in countries like Italy, UK, Spain and India last year. At the same time, we just found out that CW is a network for 58-year-old teenagers, There’s quite a bit of kismet for his choice to house this hot historical fiction.
Anyone who remembers TNT’s dark, sexy Shakespeare series Will could catch a glimpse of the familiar here. We open up a (completely fictional) murder investigation involving former Norman Bates and current good doctor Freddie Highmore (also executive producer) plays a detective who believes this eccentric, bearded painter is innocent despite what everyone seems to be telling him.
Whatever Officer Freddie may be thinking, the painter’s former colleagues all seem to be saying the same thing: they firmly believe da Vinky is capable of murder. Flashbacks catapult us between past and present as we observe the ups and downs of the painter-inventor: his triumphant rise to become the first apprentice at his art school, his excommunication from said art school after a sodomy accusation, his excitement at his first commission, and his despair to have messed it up…
After a while, it’s not hard to see why at least this da Vinci thinks he’s cursed.
But the decision to focus on da Vinci’s relationship with Caterina de Cremona missed the mark here The doom Alum Matilda de Angelis, has found some to be odd. The show’s Caterina, a subject of debate among real-life historians, occupies prime real estate on the series as da Vinci’s “muse.” Even though Leonardo Delving to some degree into the artist’s romantic and intimate relationships with men, the show’s da Vinci seems like one of those “straight” men who have sex with men — not an artist who, by most reports, almost certainly does was gay.
On the other hand, maybe that’s giving Leonardo‘s relationship building too much credit. In truth, it is difficult to contemplate this Leonardo’s relationship with Caterina; As this eight-episode series burns through the plot, their relationship evolves from instant friendship to potential romance to intimate friendship — with plenty of fights and pit stops for confusion in between. The clearest truth of this relationship as presented by the series is that both the artist and the muse are outcasts who find solace in each other.
As weird as Leonardo may appear for CW, fans of the network’s old fantasy series Govern could enjoy some historical fiction – especially since fantasy is making a comeback with Amazon’s impending comeback Lord of the rings Series and HBO game of Thrones precursor house of the dragon. There’s a little less room for lavish costume design here – although Caterina gets some nice Renaissance suits – but what this occasionally dirty series lacks in elegance, it makes up for in heart.
Turner’s performance can oscillate between childish innocence and the dejection of a grown man in the blink of an eye. That be human Actor makes it easy to root for his character, even (or maybe especially) when you want to smack him in the face and ask him what the hell he’s thinking. De Angelis plays Caterina as gentle but smart, and Highmore seems to have a blast playing the detective with a wise wink.
To say all this, it only took this author an afternoon to rip through the first four episodes of this ahistorical historical drama. And you know what, why not? It’s great fun, even (or maybe especially) in its silliest form. There’s enough intrigue to keep viewers guessing — lots of people get poisoned in this world — and I’m a sucker for any show that embraces the allure of the curly wig and baggy shirt. Long live Leonardo!
https://www.thedailybeast.com/obsessed/the-cws-sexy-leonardo-da-vinci-show-already-has-me-hooked?source=articles&via=rss I’m already hooked on the CW’s sexy Leonardo da Vinci show