Marco Polo Recap: Feast
“Marco Polo” Season 1 Episode 3 “Feast” is available for streaming on Netflix as of Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m. Find out what took place in this episode in the recap below.
Marco Polo (Lorenzo Richelmy) was still getting his lessons from Hundred Eyes (Tom Wu), this time in Kung Fu. He taught him that Kung Fu wasn’t just a fighting technique, but one can master supreme skills by hard work practicing it. So this was not just a lesson in learning how to fight; it was about patience and perseverance.
Back at the Song empire, after learning from his sister, Mei Lin (Olivia Cheng), that some of the soldiers call him the “Cricket Minister” and laugh behind his back, Jia Sidao (Chin Han) challenged the Chinese military’s greatest warrior and displayed his prowess as a fighter. His technique? The praying mantis Kung Fu, and he’s actually pretty good at it, killing the warrior with a few strokes. He also sent a “gift” for Kublai (Benedict Wong), which was a trunk that contained the heads of his Mongolian warriors. Clearly, Jia Sidao wanted it known that he was a force to be reckoned with. He's no Cricket Minister.
The Khan, meanwhile, rallied up his soldiers to prepare for war against the Chinese. But first, he received an invite from his cousin, Kaidu (Rick Yune), who held a feast in his honor. He beat Ariq, after all. But Kublai declined the invite as he was still recuperating from his wounds during his battle with his brother. He was also suffering from gout. He sent his son to the feast in his place.
Mei Lin has reached Karakorum after her brother sold her to become a harem (in the episode “The Wolf and the Deer”). But becoming the Khan’s concubine wasn't going to be easy as all the women have to prove themselves. It was the Empress (Joan Chen) who would decide which girls to pick. Mei Lin impressed the other women and Ahmed, the Khan’s treasurer and adopted son. But the empress passed on Mei Lin, even if she was the best among the other women. Could the empress sense she was bad news?
Meanwhile, Marco Polo was following Kokachin (Zhu Zhu), the Blue Princess, everywhere. He remained smitten and intrigued by her and saw that she kept on hiding something under the tree in the middle of the vast land. Kokachin also tied a blue ribbon on the branches of this tree, and then when she left, Tulga (Nicholas Bloodworth), a sneaky guy in a cape, took something from the stash she buried. Marco followed Tulga and saw that he handed over something to a guy in a bar. Marco stopped this though, and they got into a brawl, which was witnessed by one of Khan’s ministers.
Later, Kokachin was being reprimanded by her bodyguard as she seemed to be putting herself in harm’s way. Hundred Eyes, meanwhile, also reprimanded Marco. He warned him to stay away from the Blue Princess because everyone close to her have died. Eventually, she will have to be bartered in exchange for a huge political favor by the Khan. But could the princess be a spy or pretend to be a spy? And if she was, who was she working for?
Kublai wanted to see Marco, and they discussed about the story of Cain and Abel, as he related to him his guilt over losing his brother. He reiterated once again that he loved Ariq, but then, traitors must be killed. Kublai also told his wife of his dreams about his brother, and he even sought Hundred Eyes’ counsel, who assured him that he did the right thing with Ariq. He showed the Mongols his kind of leadership.
Kublai ordered Marco to join his son at Kaidu’s feast; and so the young merchant, Prince Jingim (Remy Hii) and the Blue Princess arrived at Kaidu’s camp. Kaidu was not happy to learn that Kublai wasn’t coming. What’s more, he thought less of the prince, as he learned of his defeat in an earlier battle. Kaidu attributed this to the fact that Jingim was not a full-blooded Mongol and was raised in Chinese ways.
Meanwhile, Marco encountered a female soldier named Khutulun (Claudia Kim), who challenged him in wrestling. They fought and flirted with each other, and the woman surprised Marco by having sex with him. Later, Marco learned that Khutulun is Kaidu’s daughter, who was saving her virginity for the man who would finally beat her in wrestling. Marco was both amused and nervous at the thought. He just slept with her some moments ago!
During the feast, Kaidu and his soldiers amused themselves with wrestling matches and took a jab at Marco’s foreign customs, which he did not mind. But the teasing shifted to Jingim, who felt insulted and embarrassed. To save the prince, Marco volunteered to wrestle with one of the soldiers who ended up nearly killing him, but Khutulun came to his rescue.
Back in Karakorum, Jingim confronted his father about letting him go to Kaidu’s feast, where he was ridiculed. But Kublai challenged him to man up and stop whining because that’s the way of the Mongols.
Meanwhile, Mei Lin had to come up with a plan to be included in the royal consort. She had to fulfill her task for Jia Sidao. So she slashed the face of one of the girls so that she would eventually replace her. The empress later found Mei Lin with Kublai in the bedroom. Tension was definitely in the air.
Kublai later asked Marco what happened at the feast, and he lied and said that the Jingim was treated fairly and with respect. The Khan warned Marco about what he can do to liars, and to prove a point, Kublai beat a servant who was in the room with them. He said this was his scapegoat, as he was sure the servant would be blabbing about allowing Marco to lie to him.
The episode ended with Marco attempting to leave the city again, but he decided to head to the Blue Princess’ tree to check what’s under there. When he opened it, a snake bit him. But surely, he’s not about to die, right?
So that’s it for “Marco Polo” Season 1 Episode 3 “Feast,” which can be seen on Netflix. The streaming site has the full season out since Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 12:01 a.m.
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