After falling in love with Netflix’s original series, “House of Cards,” I had high hopes for their new show “Marco Polo,” which aired on December 12 of last year. The series was written and created by John Fusco and stars an insanely handsome, Lorenzo Richelmy, as young Marco. It’s set in the late thirteenth to fourteenth century time period, when the Mongolian Empire was thriving under the court of Kublai Khan.
After powering through the first episode, “The Wayfarer,” you get the general gist of this sort-of-kind-of-really-disappointing show. Marco is abandoned by his adventure-seeking-father at a young age. When he is near 25, the father returns to Italy and it is then that Marco embarks to the Silk Road with him in an attempt to build a relationship and see the world. While there, he is betrayed by his father and sold to Kublai’s court in exchange for business.
As you continue with each episode, the plot really doesn’t change. The show depends too much on the entertainment of ancient concubines, an incredibly handsome hero, assassination attempts, and daddy issues. The acting is fairly decent and the set is pretty detailed. Most (if not all) of the characters have remained static and unchanging, hurting the developing story and richness of the plot. The show is entertaining for an hour or so and then gets pretty boring. The biggest disappointment is the historical inaccuracies (which honestly were to be expected) but can really bother us history nerds.
You can check it out for yourself on Netfix and hopefully you won’t agree with this rather blunt review. Anyway, if there’s one things we can agree on, it’s that we will definitely be seeing more of Richelmy and his Italian-godlike looks.