Don’t you hate TV shows that expect fans will passively watch the screen and zone out every few minutes? Well, then I’ve got a show for you: Da Vinci’s Demons.

Anyone else remember the Drew Barrymore movie called Ever After? (Hint: “Just breathe.”) In it, we get a look at Leonardo Da Vinci, played by Patrick Godfrey. He is an inspirational inventor in the movie, and acts as a sort of Fairy Godfather towards Barrymore’s Danielle de Barbarac. Since then, I’ve often thought about how cool it would have been to know him. He was a fascinating character. And anything that touches upon Da Vinci has the possibility for real merit, and Da Vinci’s Demons more than meets that expectation.

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I’m going to summarize the plot for you in my very own special plotty-summarizing ways:

You probably already figured out that this is a show about THE Leonardo Da Vinci. He’s a tortured genius. And a sort of war has been going on, a war of truth vs lies, religion vs reason, past vs future, spanx or not… uh, you get the idea.

Because he’s a genius, both sides of this war want to use him. And he decides he wants to be on the side of truth. Plus, what person can’t be a little selfish once in a while?

Anyway, he goes a little bit mad in the process.

Basically, it’s a lot of fun.

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This inventive series from the mind of David S. Goyer is a quickly-paced story of the power and madness of genius. With complex characters and a need for active attention (meaning, don’t try to play a computer game and pay attention, you’ll get lost) this series on Blu-ray or DVD is a wonderful way to spend a weekend at home.

In fact, the eight episodes go by quickly, leaving you primed for a second season.

Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment on September 3rd, the 3-disc Blu-ray or DVD set is an excellent purchase, and I recommend it.

See a more in-depth guide and purchasing info here: Da Vinci’s Demons

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