Empires, betrayal, bloodshed and seduction on an epic scale. That’s the semi-historical account of Marco Polo coming from Netflix on Dec. 12. And, as my video review above says, while it may not be the most original show out there on streaming-video platforms or otherwise, it is a feast to be savored.
The series is set in the 13th century, and follows the legendary Italian adventurer through the turmoil of Kublai Khan’s murderous and ambitious reign. Newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy plays the title role, with a scene-stealing Benedict Wong as the warlord and a not-in-it-enough Joan Chen as Khan’s favorite wife, the Empress Chabi. And if you’re wondering, yes, it does all bear a resemblance to a certain swords-and-sex series currently doing very well on HBO.
Watch my review and take a look at Marco Polo. Are you interested in the show? Let us know what you think.