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 Post subject: Marco Polo
PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 7:35 pm 
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We just finished the series (it's on Netflix). I didn't expect much, but it was actually really good. It had some kickass women, and there were only 3 named white characters iirc. And for you Twin Peaks fans, Joan Chen is the Mongolian empress/queen. It had an interesting story and really good fight and battle scenes.

Has anyone else watched?

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:26 pm 
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We just finished the third episode!

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
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rachell, thanks for starting the thread! Your post got me interested in giving an episode a try and now we've watched the first four episodes.

I'm really liking it! I'm impressed at all of the subtlety in the show and how things can unfold through actions or looks. It feels like the writers and directors aren't pandering to the lowest common denominator with the storytelling, and that's really refreshing.


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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
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Thanks for the rec! I think we might watch it, I was a bit wary about it but if others like it, we'll give it a go.

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:27 pm 
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My friend David (medieval historian by day; topical public essayist by night) just published a short piece about this show.

http://www.vice.com/read/netflixs-marco ... marco-polo

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:39 pm 
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That cracks me up about the comparison with OITNB because I definitely agree the show would be better without Piper.

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:55 pm 
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linanil wrote:
That cracks me up about the comparison with OITNB because I definitely agree the show would be better without Piper.
Right? I love OITNB but my eyes glaze over whenever Piper or her whiny, douchebag ex/bf and dirtbag, navel-gazing best frenemy appear.

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
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I agree 100% on both accounts (Marco and Piper)!

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 Post subject: Re: Marco Polo
PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:38 pm 
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I just finished it! Yeah, Marco was clearly the least interesting character. I didn't think he was unlikeable but he really didn't have anything going on. I'm kind of glad that there's so much going on in the end because I want to see season 2.

Des, your friend's article really hits on why I liked it so much. I know basically nothing about the histories of Mongolia and China and the show really paints the region as complex and deep, as long as they keep Marco out of the picture. I'm hoping there's less of the dumbing down for season 2, since Marco is more or less a part of it by the end of this season.


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