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Old 12-15-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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Marco Polo - Netflix

Is anyone watching the show?
It became available last weekend. I just started and so far it looks promising.

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Old 12-15-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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Powered through this weekend. I'm not familiar enough with the time period and historical specifics to say how accurate it is, but as a show, it was enjoyable to watch, for the most part. Pretty big production value, IMO.

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Old 12-15-2014, 12:46 PM   #3
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I've made it through episode 6. I like it quite a bit.

Some of the mixed/negative reviews almost scared me off, but I'm glad I tried it because it is good. Production value is high, acting is good. I really like the characters. You can't pick up your phone/tablet while watching this or you're bound to miss something, there's a lot of little plots going on.

I wasn't planning to binge watch it but I got sucked in a bit. I'm sure I'll finish it off in the next day or so.

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Old 12-15-2014, 01:59 PM   #4
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I just started this one as well, already on Episode 5. I'll probably finish by tomorrow. I hadn't seen any reviews until I was already into episode 4, so I already knew what was being criticized as the reviewer's taste and not by some real "flaw."

That's the problem with critics in general, I think. The trick is to find a critic (or group of critics) who mostly agrees with your point of view, and then take his/her/their recommendations as you wish.

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Old 12-15-2014, 08:27 PM   #5
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I watched three episodes. Think I'm done. Not interesting enough.

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Old 12-29-2014, 01:30 PM   #6
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I watched the whole season before reading up on it. I enjoyed it.

Then I read reviews and can't say I agree. Reviews make it out like it's a terrible show not worth watching. I disagree completely. While not the best show in television history it' still leaps and bounds ahead of a lot of the other crap on TV right now.

But I guess the critics and masses love crap like Walking Dead(I do watch it but it's terrible)

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Old 12-29-2014, 01:59 PM   #7
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I'm about two-thirds through it and so far I'm finding it quite enjoyable. Good acting and high production values. I'm not as concerned about the historical accuracy as I am the entertainment value. If I was I probably wouldn't watch any TV at all. If all TV was historically accurate there'd be no need for the History Channel to set things straight. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good show to watch.

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Old 12-30-2014, 01:18 AM   #8
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Two left for me. I find I am not watching them because I don't want it to end. Really enjoyable, reminds me a lot of a simpler GOT.

Early on it was hard to keep track of people and I still don't know the names of all the children of Kubla.

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Old 12-30-2014, 02:38 PM   #9
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@JohnB100, I googled at the beginning and got a character chart http://decider.com/2014/12/11/marco-...aracter-guide/

I liked it a lot. I think the critics panned it because of expectations. It cost Netflix $90 million for 10 eps. Do I think they overpaid? Yeah. Still, it's better than most TV. The cinematography was great, the story and characters were interesting. It's like watching a movie. The lead-in was really cool.

Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) stole the show. Marco was more like a supporting actor.

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Old 12-30-2014, 04:21 PM   #10
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I hate to Google stuff about a binge watch show because I always end up spoiling something.

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Old 12-30-2014, 05:07 PM   #11
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I'm super careful!! ; )

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Old 12-30-2014, 06:50 PM   #12
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I've only watched 1 so far. I'm not much of a binge watcher. I'll weigh in with my opinion in 9 or 10 weeks.

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Old 12-30-2014, 08:37 PM   #13
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I'm super careful!! ; )
You Google something like "Marco Polo Character List"

and you get "What will XYZ do now his character is dead"


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Old 12-31-2014, 01:33 PM   #14
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They should make a swimming pool game out of this show

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Old 12-31-2014, 03:31 PM   #15
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Finished the last two last night, clearly setup for another season but wrapped up enough to end here. I didn't really understand if the Vice Regent really did what he said or just pretended to get Marco's plan approved.

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Old 12-31-2014, 05:30 PM   #16
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Finished the last two last night, clearly setup for another season but wrapped up enough to end here. I didn't really understand if the Vice Regent really did what he said or just pretended to get Marco's plan approved.

No, Yusuf did not conspire against Kublai Khan. I thought it was strange that he sacrificed himself for Marco, but as you say, perhaps that was the only way KK would use Marco's plan. KK knew that neither Marco or Yusuf were guilty, so why did Yusuf have to die.

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Old 01-02-2015, 09:26 AM   #17
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Great show! Started off kind of slow so, which I think could potentially put some people off, but it definitely came around at the end.

Hope there is another season.

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Old 01-04-2015, 01:42 PM   #18
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I was kind of "meh, I'll get to it when I get to it" after watching the first episode. I'm hooked after watching the second ep this morning.

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Old 01-07-2015, 01:00 PM   #19
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It's been renewed !!!!

Great news that I wasn't really expecting.

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Old 01-08-2015, 03:40 AM   #20
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I agree with all of the positive comments in this thread I thought it was fantastic. Very very surprised by the negative reviews from critics but what do they know I'm thrilled to hear that it's been renewed wow indeed!

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Old 01-10-2015, 10:19 AM   #21
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I thought it was very good. Watched all 10 episodes in three days. I finally subscribed to Netflix mostly to get this.

I want to be 100 Eyes when I grow up. That cat is one baaaaad mother-shutyourmouth.

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Old 01-11-2015, 06:57 AM   #23
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The Khan's son Biyamba would make a good Klingon. He reminded me of Worf.

I wonder if Marco and Biyamba will have the "I banged your intended wife a couple of months ago" conversation.

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