Netflix’s Marco Polo series is a not-so-epic epic

If Marco Polo, Netflix’s profligate epic drama, premiered anywhere else, it would be judged strictly on its artistic merits. With Netflix as its home, Marco Polo is nearly impossible to extricate from the underlying corporate narrative. Polo is so replete with medieval warfare, lopped-off heads, gratuitous nudity, and persnickety period detail, it pleads to be compared with HBO’s Game of Thrones, a far superior show by nearly every measure. And if the show is Netflix’s latest offensive against HBO, its biggest rival, it portends a war in which the streaming service is the House Stark to the cable network’s House Lannister. – Joshua Alston,The A.V. Club 
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