Episodes: 20 (hour)
TV show dates: December 12, 2014 — July 1, 2016
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Rick Yune, Amr Waked, Remy Hii, Zhu Zhu, Tom Wu, Mahesh Jadu, Olivia Cheng, Uli Latukefu, Chin Han, and Pierfrancesco Favino.
TV show description:
Created by John Fusco, this adventure TV show follows the early years of famous explorer Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) in 13th century China, as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the court of the great Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong) — Great king of Mongolian Empire.
Opulent, treacherous, and balancing on tenuous political high wires, Kublai Khan’s court in the 13th Century Mongol Empire is no place for an Italian explorer’s son — yet here he is.
Traded as a gift for access to the famed Silk Road by his father, the charismatic Marco Polo is part slave, part pet to the godlike Khan.
The ruthless ruler is being challenged by the steadfast remains of the Chinese Song dynasty — as well as by his own militant warlords. They’re growing tired of Kublai’s unproven son, Prince Jingim (Remy Hii).
The overlords of the Song Dynasty have their own webs to untangle. The empowered Chinese “Cricket” Minister Jia Sidao (Chin Han) weaves schemes to use his sister Mei Lin (Olivia Cheng) to seduce loyalty from the Chinese army in Xiangyiang.
That is, until he banishes her to a term of espionage within the Khan’s court.
Surrounded by illicit turmoil, Marco continues his physical and mental training with the sagacious, sightless Hundred Eyes (Tom Wu). Meanwhile, he plans a half-hearted escape from his ever-more-dangerous role as Kublai’s adopted son in the Empire.
But even Marco Polo can’t resist the charms of Khutulun (Claudia Kim) and the Blue Princess Kokachin (Zhu Zhu).
Episode #20 — The Fellowship
The day of the kurultai arrives which shapes Kublai’s fate as khan. Ahmad makes his final stand and Marco learns a truth that is terrible.
First aired: July 1, 2016.
What do you think? Do you like the Marco Polo TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a third season?