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on 1 April 2017
You gotta love it to appreciate it.

(but then, it's really good)
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on 10 October 2017
Wild story. Very intense. Evocative of something.
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on 29 October 2017
Brilliant
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on 22 October 2017
Great series don’t forget series 2
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on 23 May 2014
If only all tv could be made to this standard. Great story, lots of history (look it up, the majority of it is true), great writing, great costumes, great production and great actors. Did I like it? Just a little bit.
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on 28 April 2014
really enjoyed it, good visual effects, good story lines, plenty of action, looking forward to next season, can't think of anything else to say about it
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on 24 January 2015
Truth is out there.... People always fighting for "truth".. Its God's business...
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 11 August 2014
Looking as though whisked in from the present, Leonardo Da Vinci is depicted here as a man for all times - his enormous talents capable of enhancing any age. Keen to harness such skills are the mysterious Sons of Mithras, an ancient sect. They believe knowledge should be for all, never stifled. In contrast, the Vatican has a secret library, ruthlessly suppressing anything that might weaken its authority. More immediately, Leonardo is caught up in the power struggle between Florence and Rome, unhelped by secrets being passed on by a spy closer than he realizes....

Tom Riley clearly relishes his role as Leonardo, it played with shades of Indiana Jones, Batman and Doctor Who (in Tennant mode). Villains abound, but Blake Ritson's is the one mainly to hiss - softly spoken and truly vicious when needs be, which is often. (Opinion may be divided about his sunglasses and hat.)

Visually stunning, much is made of Leonardo's illustrations. Some sequences totally uplift - as with his observation of birds in flight - magical.

Eight episodes of almost an hour. Abundant throughout are humour, excitements and sex. (Gratuitous nudity? Again viewers will be divided, eyebrows likely to rise at certain early unclad appearances.) Surprises include the episode featuring Vlad the Impaler, arguably one of the most chilling portrayals ever.

Several commentaries - all of them helpful, later ones especially. Unexpectedly what seem some of the more outrageous incidents are based on fact - including slaughter in the cathedral at the season's start and the end. Leonardo was also tried in real life for sodomy. (How the matter was resolved in this version, ludicrous but hilarious invention.) Creator David S. Goyer concedes that events in this episode (no.5) could have been made clearer, his explanations clarifying points that had puzzled. "Making of" and "Behind the Scenes" bonuses are also worth a look. Absence of a Gag Reel may disappoint. (One senses that much could have been included.)

Controversial? Yes. Certain critics will no doubt enjoy the opportunity to sneer. For most, however, the series will prove gloriously entertaining. Nonetheless, there are serious aspects - one aim to expose the hypocrisy endemic in high places. Portrayed here (again) is a Papacy preoccupied with material concerns, a very far cry from all that Jesus preached.

The series could have been an embarrassing misfire, but talents have combined to produce a winner.
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on 25 June 2013
Absolutely mental, silly escapist fun. if you enjoy sex, bad language, daft plots, exploding bats and bestiality plus FULL papal nudity then this is definitely for you. It's the most imaginative, reckless misuse of historical fact in ages. It's like Doctor Who with tits!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 22 June 2014
Please note that this is a fantasy story. It is NOT a history. Just to get that clear!

I was not at all sure what I was getting (one of Amazon's suggestions) but I was hooked within a few minutes of the first program - great [cgi] Florence, very 15th century feel to the sets and the atmosphere, rollicking tale, and whole range of REAL baddies (from the Pope downwards) and some delicious ladies ... including the magnificent Irene Adler (sorry, Lara Pulver), even allowing for a "shocking" full-frontal Earl of Grantham (Whatever would the Dowager have said???)

Brilliant story line, great acting (and with the cunning Game of Thrones technique of using English actors for a genuine historical look and feel).
And it does have a lot of real Leonardo in it (for those reviewers who seem to think this lacks historical accuracy)
- he was ambidextrous and would use both hands at the same time
- he had a photographic memory and could draw anything that he had seen
- he did invent (if not actually make) all the crazy machines shown in the series (flying or otherwise)
- he was a terrible procrastinator and hardly finished any commission on time
- Lorenzo was given various wild animals (e.g. giraffe) so the zebra [which ends up as a sofa cover] is quite likely.
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