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March 30, 2015

Boob Tube Binges Epic Edition: Marco Polo and World Without End

 


MARCO POLO
Epic - Historical | Weinstein Company | December 2014
Netflix Original Series | 10 Episodes | 1h/ep

I am not familiar with Marco Polo's story except that he walked for a long ass time. I mean only a crazy, but awe inspiring, adventurer would dare travel from Europe to China on foot during the 15th century right? So after seeing trailers of the series and knowing that it's being produced by the Weinsteing flucking Company, I know that MARCO POLO, an original Netflix series, is going to kick some major ass. 

And I wasn't wrong. In fact I binged watched MARCO POLO on the weekend it came out last December (sorry, got lazy writing up a review. Better late than never!). Color me impressed because I totally suspended disbelief from start to finish. The casting is damn PERFECT, no caucasians pretending to be Asians or Middle Easterns. The producers know what they're doing and didn't spare a single dime in bringing to life Marco Polo's epic adventure. Kublai Khan's Empire is what I imagined it to be, it's like the eastern counterpart of Ancient Rome where the population is very diverse, the culture so blended, but still very Asian. Gah! Perfect! 

P.S. The dude playing Marco Polo, Lorenzo Richelmy, is so adorbs. But the man eye candy doesn't stop there. There's quite a few hot dudes in the series that will appeal to your...ummm... worldly tastes in men.





WORLD WITHOUT END
Historical Drama | Sony Pictures | October 2012
Reelz Original Series | 8 Episodes | 1h/ep

WORLD WITHOUT END is the series sequel of Pillars of the Earth (and I'm kicking myself for not catching the series when it was on Netflix) based on Ken Follett's novels. I haven't read Mr. Follett's novels but I do love drama set in medieval times. 

Set in England during the 1300s, the series chronicles the lives of ordinary citizens. Edward III leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France, while Europe is bracing for the Black Death. Caris (Charlotte Riley), a visionary woman, and her lover Merthin (Tom Weston-Jones) build a community that stands up to the crown and the church.

Any epic fantasy reader will find this series hard to resist because of the premise alone. Once you see the drama unfold, it's even harder to peel your eyes away from the screen! It's like a dark-ages soap opera with bastards rebelling and saving the day, forbidden romances, enduring love. Then it takes a sharp turn to the left with murder, adultery, patricide, and rape to name a few. 

There's so many threads to the story which resulted to WORLD WITHOUT END having mini lead characters. Caris and Merthin might be the MC's but there are other couples and partners that make up this enthralling story. The hook for me was the arc involving the King. Oh man, oh man, oh man! It was 3am when I got to the episode that had the big reveal. And as sure as the sun is about to rise in a couple of hours I had a big jolt of adrenalin and delayed sleeping for another two hours just to see the climax and conflic-resolution through. Goodness gracious! The possibility of it actually happening in reality is not only scandalous, but tragic. 




So totally fangirling here and I'm aware that I'm being vague. It's intentional and I hope I got y'all curious enough to at least check the first episodes of both MARCO POLO and WORLD WITHOUT END. The first one will at least impress you with the production, the second one will surely get you hooked! Happy watching!










26 comments:

  1. Gah! I almost watched Marco Polo the other day and like you, didn't because I thought it would be cheesy or ever the top. Darn it. I just might have to start it up come summer when I have more time at night to actually watch TV. ;)

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    1. Watch it! Watch it! You won't regret it, I promise!

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  2. I know nothing about Marco Polo and I haven't heard of this... sigh.. I need more hours in the day.

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    1. Now you know. You can do one episode a week. I normally binge watch when I get tired of binge reading. i just alternate hence I have zero normal life.

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  3. Both sound good, but World Without End is actually calling my name :) Thanks for pointing me to it, I didn't know anything about it previously. Happy Monday <3

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    1. Ooh let me know if you like it or not. I hope you like it though that way I can gush with you when the next season comes out.

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  4. I still have not watched Pillars, I watched end though

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    1. Me too! Now it's on y watch list. I hope Netflix brings it back.

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  5. I saw Marco Polo on Netflix and wondered if it was good, it sounds really epic and I'd like to know more about his journey! Pillars sounds like it was really addictive too.

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    1. I love historical and epic shit regardless if it's fantasy or drama. Anything that can and will transport me into the past is a MUST watch!

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  6. havent heard much about this but sounds pretty good fantasy

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    1. It is! If you're in bed and too tired to read, just turn on Netflix and start watching these. It's as good as reading an epic book.

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  7. I've had Marco Polo in my queue since December myself, lols. Okay...gonna watch it this weekend!

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  8. When I was in the Philippines, I binge watched Asia's Next Top Model seasons 1 & 2. At our hotel. On days when it's sunny and hot. I should be shot.

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  9. I was excited for Marco Polo when it first came out, but just never got around to it. Obviously I need to get on that!

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  10. I already did this one of my Sunday's binges on this one, I really enjoyed it too. It was a little slow to start, but I did get into it :)

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  11. LOL I would watch the first one only for the guy! But apart from that I didn't know about these two so thanks for the discovery!

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  12. I still need to watch this! Blahhhh so many shows to watch

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  13. Yeah, I am going to have to go all out with Marco Polo. Sounds so good.

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  14. Hmm, I have been wondering if I should watch it but Iam not really into those kind of shows. I prefer crime when watching TV, but you are making it hard to resist. Especially when you mentioned eye candy ;D

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  15. I binge watch series on Netflix every now and then. The last one was Reign. Going to try Marco Polo next.

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  16. I read Pillars of the Earth and LOVED it! It was a long time ago though! When I saw your post it suddenly started coming back to me that I did see that there was a television show. I think maybe I watched one bit of it. I seem to remember just the very beginning. That stinks it's not on Netflix anymore. I'm not sure why I didn't continue it. Maybe my husband wasn't a fan or something.
    I do agree that fans of epic fantasy should like it. There's not actual fantasy elements but it has that similar feel. Epic anyway.

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  17. I caught World Without End when it first aired on some cable channel that I'd never watched before, lol. Some of it was a little meh for me, but I was totally into the same storyline you were, and that's what kept me tuning in.

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