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Season 2
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No. of episodes 10
Release date June 2016
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Season 2 of Marco Polo consists of ten episodes and was released in its entirety on July 1, 2016.

A 30-minute Christmas special episode titled "One Hundred Eyes" was released between the first and the second season on December 26, 2015.

On December 12, 2016, Netflix announced they had canceled Marco Polo. Sources said the series' two seasons resulted in a $200 million loss for Netflix..."

Synopsis Edit

In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, Marco Polo is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th Century China, and the dark and tempestuous battle for the expanding Mongol empire.

As the Kublai Kahn conscripts Marco Polo into the Mongolian army, Marco must learn to reconciliate the empire as it descends into Civil war. Stuck between the excesses of the khan and the mighty ambitions of Kaidu, Marco Polo must find a way to reconciliate the empire before complete collapse.

Episodes Edit

# Image Title Release date
00 One Hundred Eyes "One Hundred Eyes" December 26, 2015
A defiant warrior-monk arrives at Kublai Khan's court in chains and soon earns his tragic nickname in this 30-minute origin story.
01 Marco Polo series cover "Hunter and the Sable Weaver" July 1, 2016
On Prince Jingim's wedding day, Kublai receives disturbing news about the ambitions of his cousin, while Marco navigates a delicate mission.
02 Marco Polo series cover "Hug" July 1, 2016
Marco gets an unplesant surprise upon his return to Kublai's court. Kublai faces an impossibly difficult decision.
03 Marco Polo series cover "Measure Against the LinchPin" July 1, 2016
Haunted by recent events, Kublai journies with Marco into the mountains for answers. Empress Chabi takes action to insure an  heir to the khan.
04 Marco Polo series cover "Let God's Work Begin" July 1, 2016
The Challenge for the throne escalates when two of Kublai's sons are endangered. Far away, another threat to the khan is born.
05 Marco Polo series cover "Lullaby" July 1, 2016
Rebel attacks flare up in the south and pull Kubali's attentaion away from home. Kokachin gets an unwelcome visitor from her past.
06 Marco Polo series cover "Serpent's Terms" July 1, 2016
Ahmed's deadly and secret chess match against Kublai enters is endgame, even as Kublai's thirst for power grows stronger than ever.
07 Marco Polo series cover "Lost Crane" July 1, 2016
Kaidu's ruthlessness reaches ne levels in his bid for power, while Hundred Eyes' formerlover has him questioning his loyalties.
08 Marco Polo series cover "Whitehorse" July 1, 2016
Marco's allegiance to Kublai is tested like never before. Mei Lin's bold move throws Ahmed's plans into chaos. 
09 Marco Polo series cover "Heirs" July 1, 2016
Marco's past with Kokachin resurfaces. Kublai's position as khan faces a final challenge, even as he welcomes a new heir into the world.
10 Marco Polo series cover "The Fellowship" July 1, 2016
The day of the Kurultai arrives, shaping Kublai's fate as khan. Ahmed makes his final stand, and Marco learns a terrible truth.

Production Edit

On January 7, 2015, Netflix officially ordered a second season of the series.


Behind the cenceEdit

  • The first season of Marco Polo was met with negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a rating of 24%, based on 33 reviews, with a rating average of 4.7/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "An all-around disappointment, Marco Polo is less entertaining than a round of the game that shares its name." On Metacritic, the show's first season has a score of 48 out of 100 based on 21 reviews by critics, indicating "mixed reviews".
  • In his review for Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Jensen gave the first season a "B−" rating, calling the premise "stale", but added "Somewhere in the middle of episode 2, though, Marco Polo becomes surprisingly watchable. The filmmaking becomes bolder."[16] Writing for People, Tom Gliatto praised the series, calling it "...a fun, body-flinging, old-fashioned epic". USA Today reviewer Robert Bianco gave the series 1 1⁄2 stars out of 4, saying, "Clearly what Netflix hopes you'll see a [sic] big-bucks, prestige entertainment along the lines of that HBO fantasy epic, but in truth, Marco is far closer to one of those cheesy international syndicated adventures."
  • On March 23, 2015, the President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj presented John Fusco and the Marco Polo creative team with an award, honoring their positive portrayal and global presentation of Mongolian subject matter.[citation needed] Fusco, himself, has described the series as historical fiction, based on the accounts of the Venetian traveler Marco Polo

CastEdit

Starring cast

Guest Starring

CrewEdit

For a more detailed list, see Season 2/Crew.

Writers

Directors

References Edit

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