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[Marco Polo] aims to be a grand historical epic, but is too caught up in borrowing from other works to find its own voice.
A big budget, high hopes, and good intentions it seems wasn't enough to buoy a boring protagonist and flaccid story.
The series is a sloppy, clattering mess, intended to draw international attention, not plaudits. The yawning intricacies of international taxation and trade are the perfect subject matter for a spectacle this cynical.
The 10-episode historical drama will appeal to viewers who miss miniseries of the past like Shogun and whose screens are big and bright enough to appreciate its rich scenery and costumes.
Viewers who are hoping for the story to develop will start to feel like kids in a swimming pool playing the namesake game who keep shouting "Marco!" without hearing anyone shout "Polo!"
Once viewers overcome the sluggish pace thereÂ's something for everyone with Marco Polo.
It hasn't been a complete wash... but the ten episodes of Marco Polo's first season are a large collection of underdeveloped or overcooked plot points, brought to life by a collection of mostly one-dimensional characters.
Marco Polo shows promise for those with a thirst for political machinations with a side of kung fu and a smattering of sex and violence on top.
Yep, it's basically their take on HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones, but this new series actually holds up pretty well against the world of Westeros, mainly thanks to the genuinely turbulent period of real history it's based on.
Marco Polo is a fun, body-flinging, old-fashioned epic, the sort of story that drops a sensually handsome young man with a beard into a string of adventures in a world heavily spiced with the exotic.
Dramas like these often get off to a slow start: sprawling casts must be introduced, and intricate webs woven, before the intrigue and betrayals can begin. But writer John Fusco is able to set the stage without too much tedium.
Audience Reviews for Marco Polo: Season 1
Mar 06, 2021A great succesor of the tv miniseries Shogun and another proof that "profesional critics" are no longer needed mostly because they keep applaying their poor judgement on the reviews or critiques they make. The critique of the public is the only one needed nowdays, like the dinosaurs "profesional critics" are a thing of the past.
Jan 21, 2021I found this to be immensely enjoyable. Who on earth are these critics, if I'd followed their rating I would have missed this gem. Always follow the audience rating.
Jan 20, 2021This TV show perfectly manages to entangle Asian history and drama, From the get-go, it's so gripping. It's one of the series where I didn't care at all for the critic's review, I definitely recommend you watch it (I cant emphasize enough) on your own and form your own opinion.
Oct 18, 2020Epic and engaging. Ignore the negative reviews and watch it!
Oct 11, 2020I loved this show. Great story.
Oct 09, 2020It is slow at first, but then it gets big and epic, the cinematography is beautiful, the performances are very good and the fights are spectacular, with this it can be noted that a large budget ($ 90 million) was invested, as there are so few series with so much quality in its first season, only the script could be better ... I advise you to see !!!
Sep 20, 2020The first episode is a slog, but the show picks itself up quickly and outclasses its more popular competition.
Sep 13, 2020Loved this show. SO DISAPPOINTED it lasted only a season. Beautiful plot and historical insight, and where it was dramatic in facts it was creative and ingenious. Enjoyed far more than GoT.
Sep 08, 2020Firstly I really enjoyed this series, it mixed beautifully shot scenes with great historical interpretation albeit based on a Marco Polo's journey. I found it extremely educational and eye opening which compelled me to do further research. The story line and character development was steady and you grew to connect to all the characters as you saw their flaws and insecurities. It also demonstrated how hard it is to hold on to power, fight through betrayal, make the right decisions, trust in loyalty and the conflicts in morality. The cast was brilliantly put together with a real mix of English, Australian and American Asians, I cannot recall another Western show that highlighted great Asian acting as most of cast shown and put their own marks on the show. Pretty good Kung Fu scenes especially with legit Kung Fu masters in Michelle Yoeh and Tom Wu. There was a tasteful amount of brutality that gave you a feeling of what it was back in those days. The costumes, set and Mongol music created a great atmosphere for the acting, creating different layers of complexity and requires utter concentration to enjoy and understand it fully. The timelines didn't always flow well and the acting can be a little over dramatic but it was trying to recreate what scenes would've been like 800 years ago and how courtesans would've spoken to each in a diverse court. I really don't understand why it had such negative reviews and the 3rd season was cancelled.
Jun 25, 2020Lots of ups and downs, constantly keeping you guessing. There is drama, there is fighting, there is innovation and politics.