We have finally reached the season finale of “Marco Polo” just in time for the new year to roll in. My goal was to watch and review every episode prior to New Year’s Day, and I am happy to finish this last review on December 31st. For all of you who watched the show, I hope you found it enjoyable. Though a second season looks unlikely, let us all hope that the year 2015 will bring us more of the adventures of Marco Polo.
In “The Heavenly and Primal,” Marco has escaped death thanks to Yusuf. He must now earn Yusuf’s sacrifice by designing trebuchets that will allow the Mongols to enter the Walled City. War is fast approaching, and the trebuchets are a risk. Marco needs more time than the Khan can spare to make sure the giant war machines are ready to take down the massive walls of the Walled City.
There are several characters that viewers are all hoping will die. Jia Sidao, the psychopathic chancellor who made his sister a whore and bound his niece’s feet, is obviously number one on that list. Another would be Jingim Khan. He is appearing more whiny and self-entitled by the episode. Watching him mock Marco in “Prisoners” by bragging that bringing down Marco was like succeeding in a big hunt was sickening. He’s only gloating and self assured when he’s killing something or destroying another person’s life. Mei Lin, while selfless in her love for her child, is still literally an evil whore. I am ambivalent about whether or not I personally want her dead, but she certainly deserves to die. The idea of Ling Ling losing her mother is the only reason I am slightly less desirous of Mei Lin’s death. Without desiring to give away any spoilers, I will say that the end of the episode may convince viewers that there is another character worthy of being killed off. I encourage readers of this article to discover which character that is.
The season finale of this show is saddening, because it leaves viewers with many unanswered questions that will most likely remain unanswered for all time. Is there an ulterior motive for Niccolo’s decision to leave Marco with the Khan? Will Marco be with the Blue Princess? What will become of the Song and their child emperor? And will Mei Lin and her daughter ever find a stable life together again? This last episode is probably a series finale. The show has not fared well, and has been horribly panned by critics. So there will have to be many loose ends left untied.
Still, I have my own hopes and dreams for the characters. I imagine Niccolo and Maffeo returning for Marco. They will all run off into the sunset with the Blue Princess, successfully making it back to Venice. Kublai Khan will cease expansion and settle into peacefully ruling his kingdom with a far less whiny Jingim at his side. The Song will survive and the child emperor will find a new home and kingdom far from the wrath of the Khan. Mei Lin and her daughter will find the anonymity she wishes for and survive in the new Song kingdom as a professional dancer. Oh, how I wish this would all come to pass.
The critics can pan this show all they want, but the characters are endearing and viewers will remember them. If the show ends with viewers wondering what will become of the characters, then I believe the show is a success. There are plenty of shows that I stop watching because I don’t care about the characters. I care about these characters, and I am sad that I will most likely not know what becomes of them in the future.