The series is at its best, I always think, when it gives Da Vinci a chance to bring his brilliantly diverse mind to bear in life-and-death situations. He's used his knowledge to good effect this season, saving himself and his colleagues repeatedly. But 2.9 was the first time we see Da Vinci making complex calculation on the fly, as it were, as he computes in his brain what the one-eyed brute will see as he seeks to impale Da Vinci. It was a finely staged scene, a ballet with real lives at stake, and was a pleasire to see.
As for the rest of the episode, I'm so far not a fan of these "enemies of man". First of all, it's a little trite, and seems to be part of what's going in Penny Dreadful over on Showtime. And I'm also not too happy about its membership.
Carlo de Medici was a great character as a good guy, bedding Lorenzo's wife and saving the day in the attacks on Florence. Now I'll have to root against him. And though Girolamo was a bad guy for most the series, it's a shame to see him now likely to become even more of a bad guy, especially after he and Leonardo had such an important alliance.
Still, as the season draws to a close - the finale is this Saturday - I have to say that I've found this season much more to my historically science fictional liking than last year's, which had much more ineffable spiritualism and magic. Looking to Saturday's show.
See also Da Vinci's Demon's 2.1: Science Fiction v Fantasy ... Da Vinci's Demons 2.2: Renaissance Radio ... Da Vinci's Demons 2.3: Submarine ... Da Vinci's Demon's 2.4: Copernican Revelation ... Da Vinci's Demons 2.5: Corn ... Da Vinci's Demons 2.6: Meets Charles Dickens ... Da Vinci's Demons 2.7: Four Stories ... Da Vinci's Demons 2.8: The Talking Head
700 years before and 700 years after Da Vinci: The Silk Code