tinamour (tinamour) wrote in historyisalie,

The Crusade

This must be my third rewatch of DvD and I just understood that the whole thing had been foreshadowed since S1 ? They speak of the Turks and the Ottomans non stop ?
We have Al-Rahim, of course, but Vlad speaks of the Ottomans and his idea of waging war upon them for revenge. Sixtus exposes the same idea to his imprisonned brother at the end of E08S01.
Sixtus also prophetizes the theft of Leo's designs by the Ottomans, when they are in the Archives in E07S01.
In S2, when we first meet Alfonso and his father, Sixtus says Naples is the last rempart against the Ottomans threat.
So,I acted all surprised in S3 when the Labyrinth doctor aks Riario if the Pope has agreed to lead the Crusade, because it seemed to pop from nowhere, but it seems not ?
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Thank you for a great post!

I'll have to rewatch and look out for the foreshadowing. I still don't enjoy the Crusade or Labyrinth plotlines (the quest for the Book could have been handled to a more satisfying conclusion in my opinion, and it is the characters and relationships I like, not the plot) but clearly this was something the writers had been working towards.

It's interesting that if the Turks/Ottoman empire is such a threat, that Leo ever listens to a word Al-Rahim aka The Turk, says. Of course he did turn out to be evil (?) so yes, not trusting Al-Rahim would have been a better choice.

Very interesting thoughts you have here :)

You're welcome :)

Well, I just go "meeh" and "hell no" whenever anyone goes full Crusade mode, because it looks like if it was supposed to be a subplot and the writers thought "well, we can't possibly have them find the book, right ? What would come next ?" (very good question, I wonder about it every time I want to sit myself down to plot for a fixit S4. Ideally, they find the Book, keep it for a while, realize it's not a good idea because no one is ready to receive its knowledge and so, they launch it into space...something like that) And so they decided to add BIG Crusade TM ?

Well, I've always percieved Leo as the person who would do the exact opposite of what you tell him to do, so, talking to a Turk shouldn't really have bothered him. Or he isn't as racist as his contemporaneous, which might be nice. or he was to obssessed about his mother to care about anything else ?