Marco Polo (2014–2016)
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The Fourth Step 

A war looms with the walled city of Xiangyang, Prince Jingim tests his diplomacy skills while Kublai questions Marco's allegiance.

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Alik Sakharov

Writers:

John Fusco (created by), Brett Conrad | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Richelmy ... Marco Polo
Benedict Wong ... Kublai Khan
Joan Chen ... Empress Chabi
Amr Waked ... Yusuf
Remy Hii ... Prince Jingim
Zhu Zhu ... Kokachin
Tom Wu ... Hundred Eyes
Mahesh Jadu ... Ahmad
Olivia Cheng ... Mei Lin
Uli Latukefu ... Byamba
Chin Han ... Jia Sidao
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Niccolò Polo
Kheng Hua Tan ... Empress Dowager (as Tan Kheng Hua)
Lawrence Makoare ... Za Bing
Corrado Invernizzi ... Maffeo Polo
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A war looms with the walled city of Xiangyang, Prince Jingim tests his diplomacy skills while Kublai questions Marco's allegiance.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Hundred Eyes: Stop struggling, fool. You were struck by a five-step snake. His venom moves swiftly. Most die before their fifth step.
Marco Polo: Where is my sword?
Hundred Eyes: Taken away. Punishment for breaking curfew.
Marco Polo: I need to go, Sifu. Now.
[struggling to get up]
Hundred Eyes: How do you revenge a snake? You would be a fool to think only one serpent lays in wait. There is always a deadlier strike to come. One should walk away.
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An interim conclusion after four episodes
13 December 2014 | by KaDaWeSee all my reviews

Two days of "Marco Polo" have gone by and even though I'm not a big binge-watching fan (I normally try to prolong my favorites series) I've already watched four of the ten episodes (for many people not even this is binge-watching, but for my standards that's insane).

Despite the first two episodes only being "nice" and "solid", this series has made me addicted. It's just so different from the other stuff we normally see, as - let's be honest, here in the Western world (in my case Germany) most of us don't know a lot about Asia and its history. And from the four episodes I've seen and the things I've known before watching it, nothing is the same there as in Europe and North America.

In the meantime, the characters are slowly starting to evolve and develop, and I already like Marco Polo and the others very much. Kublai Khan is maybe my favorite character, he's the typical "Game of Thrones"-guy in my opinion, someone where you don't really know if he's good or evil. But the Song family and it's chancellor are very entertaining, too.

The best you'll get from this series obviously is the look of it - I mean it has to, as it cost 80 million dollars. The world looks so authentic, the cinematography is astonishing and man, just watching it blows you away.

Last but not least, I just want to mention the fighting and action scenes in this interim conclusion. There are not many if you ask me, I expected a lot more, but they are so, so good. I love the scenes with 100 Eyes, they use a lot of slow motion there and especially here the cinematography shines.

Altogether, as you may noted, I really like this show so far. Obviously it's not perfect, as I wrote in my pilot review, the first one or two episodes felt too rushed, and the main story is still a bit bog-standard. Otherwise though, this one is great and another hit from Netflix. This series will (hopefully) be awesome in the second half, when the Khan vs. Song clash will arrive.

GRADES: (Scores:) Episode 1: B+ (82/100), Episode 2: A- (89/100), Episode 3: A+ (95/100), Episode 4: A (91/100), OVERALL: A- (89/100)


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