Marco Polo: Season 1 (2014)

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Critic Consensus: An all-around disappointment, Marco Polo is less entertaining than a round of the game that shares its name.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2014
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The first season of this historical fiction drama series follows Venetian explorer Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) through his adventures in 13th-century China after he is taken prisoner by Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong). Marco must learn to navigate through the politics and culture of life in the court of Kublai Khan, who is in the midst of his quest to become emperor of the world and sees Marco as a valuable tool in this conquest. Marco's allegiance is tested throughout the season, especially as Kublai Khan makes plans to conquer the walled city of Xiangyang. The show also features Joan Chen as Empress Chabi, Remy Hii as Prince Jingim, and Zhu Zhu as Kokachin.

Cast

Lorenzo Richelmy
as Marco Polo
Benedict Wong
as Kublai Khan
Zhu Zhu
as Kokachin
Tom Wu
as Hundred Eyes
Remy Hii
as Prince Jingim
Chin Han
as Jia Sidao
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Critic Reviews for Marco Polo Season 1

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (23)

A big budget, high hopes, and good intentions it seems wasn't enough to buoy a boring protagonist and flaccid story.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

From just one hour, it seems clear that Marco Polo lacks the vitality and sparkle of both its written origins, and the blockbuster shows it was influenced by. There are some things money can't buy.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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!"

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…
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Once viewers overcome the sluggish pace thereÂ's something for everyone with Marco Polo.

Dec 15, 2014 | Full Review…

The lavishly produced and reportedly mega-expensive Marco Polo can be a feast for the eyes, even when the overripe dialogue ("Treachery grows well in the fertile soil of contempt I tilled") and uneven performances feel dramatically undernourished.

Nov 12, 2015 | Full Review…

Richelmy, in the title role, evolves from a meager, humbling, and somewhat lifeless beginning, into an interesting, captivating presence to watch on screen. Which is a sentiment I'd ascribe to Marco Polo as a whole, really.

Jan 20, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

While the sweeping period drama boasts stunning vistas, meticulous costuming, and some impressive action, what it lacks is a compelling story and three-dimensional characters who are actually worth caring about.

Dec 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If you accept it on its own rather confused terms, you might just enjoy it.

Dec 15, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Marco Polo: Season 1

BrendanN

Super Reviewer

½

A gorgeous looking show with absolutely no personality or charisma, Netflix's first attempt at a big budget GoT style blockbuster show is as bland as a show can get. Lacking neither the raw ferocity and boldness of GoT or even the engaging characters and plots of Rome, Marco Polo combines shoddy effects with laughable dialogue and monotonous delivery, making for one hell of a boring slog. Not since Alexander has an epic felt this long and empty.

CaiusC

Super Reviewer

½

The first season of Marco Polo had some promising characters, fantastic set designs, and some generally good performances. It was missing, however, a compelling central narrative. The season was populated by too many muddled story-lines and a rather strange fascination with all things aside from its title character, whose place on the series felt secondary. This is okay, as Lorenzo Richelmy is far from a compelling screen presence, if the series had a more concentrated narrative underpinning. The rest of the cast is more than adequate, however, and is accentuated well with good world building. Perhaps with better writing and a more confined direction, the second season can show greater promise. 3.5/5 Stars

JeffreyM

Super Reviewer

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